Beginning in the fall of 2013, Dr. Martin Cochran will be the Instructor of Euphonium at Columbus State University in Georgia. In addition to his duties at CSU, he will be teaching tuba and euphonium at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Dr. Cochran maintains an active career as a euphonium soloist, teacher, and adjudicator in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to his appointment at CSU, he taught on the faculties of the University of West Georgia and the University of Montevallo. Dr. Cochran is a performing artist for Adams Musical Instruments.
Stephanie Frye is the new Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at Eastern Tennessee State University. She will begin teaching at ETSU in August 2013 and also hopes to build a studio of area middle and high school students. Frye is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teacher throughout the Midwest. She is currently on the faculty of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) as adjunct instructor of low brass and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as a lecturer, teaching applied tuba/euphonium and music appreciation. Frye is currently completing a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance at UW-Madison. She is a member of the trombone-tuba duo Bell(e) Collective and the Sweet Thunder Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, is the regular tubist with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse, and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestras.
Dana Wilson: Concerto for Tuba
Dana Wilson has written a new tuba concerto as the result of a commission from 27 ensembles, coordinated by Stephen Peterson at Ithaca College and the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Aaron Tindall gave the premiere of the work with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble on March 1, 2013 and also made a recording with this ensemble. In addition, Dr. Tindall gave the European premiere at ITEC 2012 in Linz, Austria and gave the premiere of the piano version at NERTEC at Ithaca College on April 19, 2013. Dr. Wilson has published the wind ensemble and orchestral versions of the piece himself (www.danawilson.org), and Potenza Music has published the piano version (www.potenzamusic.com).
Dana Wilson holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of Music in the School of Music at Ithaca College. Dr. Wilson has received commissions from diverse ensembles including the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Formosa String Quartet, Xaimen Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dallas Wind Symphony, Voices of Change, and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. He has also written a number of solo works for renowned artists. Dr. Wilson has received grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. His compositions have been performed across the world and are published by Boosey and Hawkes and Ludwig Music Publishers. His works have received several awards, including the International Trumpet Guild First Prize, the Sudler International Composition Prize, and the Ostwald Composition Prize and can be heard on a variety of recording labels including Klavier, Albany, Summit, Innova, Redwood, Musical Heritage Society, and Kosei Recordings.
Dr. Wilson writes the following about the piece: “So many of the traditional works featuring the tuba emphasize its humorous and very low capabilities. In recent decades, performers and their corresponding literature have featured the lyrical, mid-range warmth of the instrument. Concerto for Tuba certainly draws upon this latter evolution, but is also designed to exhibit the many dramatic and virtuosic abilities of the great contemporary tuba soloists by placing the soloist in three very distinct musical settings, one in each movement. The movements are linked by common thematic material in order to create an organic whole.”
Michael Daugherty: Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra
From the composer: “Reflections on the Mississippi (2013) for tuba and orchestra was commissioned by the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. The world premiere took place at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 24, 2013. The New York premiere took place on April 5 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The Temple University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Luis Biava, performed both concerts. Carol Jantsch was the tuba soloist for both performances. Daugherty says,
Composed in memory of my father, Willis Daugherty (1929-2011), this concerto is a musical reflection on family trips during my childhood to the Mississippi River. In 2012, I returned to the Mississippi River to make a road trip from McGregor, Iowa to Hannibal, Missouri. Along the Great River Road I explored small river towns and snapped photographs of scenic vistas. Local boat owners also guided me to the secluded wildlife havens and murky backwaters of the Mississippi River. All the while, I was collecting sounds, musical ideas, and an emotional framework for my tuba concerto.
The tuba concerto is 20 minutes in duration, and composed in four movements:
In the first movement of the concerto, “Mist,” I reflect on sunrise as seen and heard through a misty haze over the Mississippi River….The title of the second movement, “Fury,” evokes the turmoil of the Mississippi River in the fiction of William Faulkner and in the history of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927….In “Prayer,” the third movement, I meditate on the calm mood of the Mississippi River seen from a high vista, overlooking the water as far as the eye can see, as sunset turns into a clear and starry night….The final movement, “Steamboat,” conjures up colorful tales from Life on the Mississippi (1883) by Mark Twain.
Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest
Tony Clements , Director of the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, announced the 2013 Composition Contest winners on March 11, 2013.
John Palmer from Kingston, Ontario, Canada won the grand prize of $2000 for his septet Three Shades of Blue. This is John’s eighth contest prize. Zachary Smith of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the second prize of $1000 for his Zombie Apocalypso. Zach was last year’s grand prize winner. The $500 third place prize was awarded to Casey Martin of Long Beach, California for Tales of Brynmor. Anthony O’Toole of Indiana, Pennsylvania received Honorable Mention recognition for Theme and Variations on “A Mighty Fortress.” Roger May of Reading, England also received Honorable Mention recognition for The Four Temperaments.
The contest focused on original 8-10 minute works for college-level brass septet. All qualifying entries were played and evaluated using a blind audition process by representatives of the workshop coaching staff and other California professional brass musicians. Amateur musicians will perform this year’s contest submissions in a workshop format during the July 2013 Brass Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
The Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop is held each summer in two one-week sessions. The 2013 sessions are scheduled for July 21-27 and July 28-August 3. Activities include daily chamber ensemble rehearsals coached by some of the West Coast’s finest brass musicians, daily performances by participants, brass choir reading sessions, abundant freelance playing time, special interest sessions on brass-related topics, and spectacular California North Coast scenery.
For further information regarding the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop or the Composition Contest visit www.humboldt.edu/brass
Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) Competitions
Artist Tuba Solo Competition:
1st: Preston Light
2nd: Justin Worley
Artist Euphonium Solo Competition:
1st: Jason Casanova
2nd: Brianna Englebert
Young Artist Tuba Solo Competition:
1st: Jacob Daniel
2nd: John Hadden
Young Artist Euphonium Solo Competition:
1st: Mitchell Mest
2nd: Rohin Aggarwal
Tuba Mock Orchestral Audition:
1st: John Hadden
2nd: Preston Light
Euphonium Mock Band Audition:
1st: Matt Solis
2nd: Danny Chapa
1st: Jason Casanova, Mike Waddell
2nd: Connor Challey, Ben Vasko
1st: Tennessee Tech University
2nd: Penn State University (FivE)
South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SCRTEC) Competitions
Artist Tuba Solo Competition
1st: Daniel Frost
2nd: Charles Hilton
3rd: Jesse Orth
Artist Euphonium Solo Competition
1st: Geoffrey Durbin
2nd: Dorian Scott
3rd: Irving Ray
Young Artist Tuba Solo Competition
1st: Ben Malmer
2nd: Brianna Compton
3rd: Jesus Ruiz
Young Artist Euphonium Solo Competition
1st: Luis Cardona
2nd: Ian Toy
3rd: Deion Lewis
Euphonium Excerpt Competition
1st: Irving Ray
2nd: Patrick Nyren
3rd: Danny Chapa
Tuba Excerpt Competition
1st: Charles Hilton
2nd: Andrew Jones
3rd: Trey Hanis
Chamber Music Competition
1st: University of Alabama
2nd: University of Memphis
3rd: Baylor University
Northwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (NWRTEC) Competitions
Artist Solo Euphonium: Beserat Tafesse
Artist Solo Tuba: Joseph Ready
Young Artist Solo Euphonium: Stephen Abeshima
Young Artist Solo Tuba: Clayton Dungey
Tuba-Euphonium Quartet: LRAD Brass (Central Washington University)
Arcomis International Brass Event “Brass without Boundaries”
The Brass Event 2013-held in Cardiff, Wales from October 10-13, 2013-is a special opportunity to experience the world’s most celebrated brass music and musicians in one place, at one time. The event will package an impressive lineup of soloists, ensembles, and master classes into a four-day festival of “brass without boundaries.” The list of artists includes David Childs, Oren Marshall, Allen Vizzutti, and Mnozil Brass. The event will also feature new music, and composers of any age, nationality, and experience are invited to submit works for any brass instrument or combination of brass instruments, with or without piano accompaniment or electronics, to the Brass Event. For further information, visit www.brassevent.com.
Viennese Sound Education
Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, Gerhard Zechmeister will teach tuba, bass tuba, and contrabass tuba based on aspects of the Viennese sound tradition at the Richard Wagner Conservatory in Vienna. Interested students may pursue either a Bachelor or Master of Music degree in Viennese Tuba.
Ball State Low Brass Day
On January 27, Ball State University hosted a Low Brass Day featuring guest artists Fritz Kaenzig (tuba), Randall Hawes (bass trombone), and Kathryn Goodson (piano). Goodson taught a class about the interpretation of vocal works on brass instruments. Then she accompanied Kaenzig and Hawes on a joint recital featuring works by Dickenson, Telemann, Broughton, Vaughan Williams, Verdi, and more. The day finished with a master class.
Marty Erickson at 65 – The Carnegie Hall Recital
On March 26, Marty Erickson performed at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. See the article in this volume of the ITEA Journal for more.
David Werden in Eau Claire, WI
ITEA Lifetime Achievement Awardee David Werden visited the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire February 9 and 10. He presented a master class on Saturday afternoon with euphonium class members Matthew Turek, Lauren Little, Nathan Rakow, Andrew Nicholson, and Tim Caturia performing a wide variety of solo selections. Mr. Werden performed a recital on February 10 with pianist Barbara Young. The program included several of his own arrangements, classic euphonium works, and the Halsey Stevens Sonatina.
Adolph “Bud” Herseth
(From the Chicago Symphony blog “From the Archives”)
It’s the end of an era.
Adolph “Bud” Herseth, who served the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for fifty-six years as principal trumpet (1948-2001) and principal trumpet emeritus (2001-2004), passed away on April 13, 2013, at his home in Oak Park. He was 91.
Born in 1921 in Minnesota, Herseth earned a degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He originally planned to become a teacher but gravitated to performance as a career while in the armed forces. During World War II, Herseth served as a bandsman at the pre-flight school in Iowa and at the U.S. Navy School of Music. He ended his military service with the Commander of the Philippine Sea Frontier in the South Pacific.
In early 1948 while studying for his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Herseth was appointed by Music Director Artur Rodzinski to the post of principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He never performed with Rodzinski, whose music directorship ended in April 1948, but would go on to serve under five CSO music directors: Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim. Herseth made countless solo appearances and recorded extensively with the orchestra, including seven recordings of Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (under Kubelík, Reiner, Seiji Ozawa, Carlo Maria Giulini, Solti (twice), and Neeme Järvi).
Constantly devoted to the development of the next generation of symphony orchestra musicians, Herseth regularly gave seminars, coaching sessions, and master classes in Chicago and throughout Europe and worked with the European Community Youth Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Workshop for Young Musicians, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Herseth held honorary doctor of music degrees from DePaul University, Luther College, the New England Conservatory of Music, Rosary College, and Valparaiso University. He received the Living Art of Music Symphonic Musician Award in 1994, was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America in 1995, and was an honorary member of the Royal Danish Guild of Trumpeters. In June 2001, Herseth received the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, marking the first time in the League’s history that the award was bestowed on an orchestral player, and he was also awarded an honorary membership from London’s Royal Academy of Music at its commencement exercises. He was accorded a singular honor in 1988, when the principal trumpet chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which he continued to occupy until 2001, was named after him.
On June 7, 1998, Herseth’s friends-including Doc Severinsen, Daniel Barenboim, Arnold Jacobs, Frank Crisafulli, Arturo Sandoval, and numerous brass players from around the world-appeared in a tribute performance at Orchestra Hall to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary with the CSO. On January 27, 2000, the CSO’s Women’s Association recognized Herseth for his “one season plus five decades” as the CSO’s principal trumpet.
After the Ravinia Festival season in the summer of 2001, Herseth relinquished the principal trumpet chair and became principal trumpet emeritus. On February 21, 2004, he retired from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after fifty-six years and received the Theodore Thomas Medallion for Distinguished Service. Following retirement, Herseth was a longtime member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alumni Association.
Herseth is survived by Avis, his wife of sixty-nine years, their two children Christine Hoefer and Stephen (Mary Jo), and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His son Charles (Judith) preceded him in death in 1996. Services were private and details regarding a memorial will be announced at a later date. Letters of condolence may be sent to the Bud Herseth family (c/o Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604). In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Luther College, or the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Herseth was interviewed by John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune in April 2001, shortly after the announcement that he would cede the principal trumpet chair. He said, “For years I’ve been telling people I am lucky to get here, fortunate to still be here and to have had all these marvelous experiences.” And when asked how he would like posterity to remember him, Herseth replied, “as a fairly decent guy who gave it his best every time he had the chance.”
(Adapted from the Wind Repertory Project)
Rolf Wilhelm (23 June 1927 – 16 January 2013) was a German composer, film composer, arranger, and conductor. He was sometimes referred to as the German John Williams.
See the article in this volume of the ITEA Journal for more about Rolf Wilhelm and his contributions to the music world and the tuba and euphonium community.