Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor
AWARDS & APPOINTMENTS
Congratulations to Benjamin Pierce, professor at the University of Arkansas, who recently received the Paul Boylan “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the University of Michigan School of Music in September. Mr. Pierce recently performed with the Vogtland Philharmonie in Greiz and Reichenbach, Germany. He also taught master classes and performed at the Alzira Brass Festival and Lieksa Brass Week.
Congratulations to Li Wen Lin as he was appointed as a tuba instructor at the Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. Mr. Lin will also be performing with the renowned Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lin was recently a graduate student at the University of North Texas where he studied with tuba professor Donald Little. Mr. Lin was involved in a tuba camp this year in Taiwan where he held a masterclass along with other teachers including Micky Wrobleski from the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and Fredi Sonderegger from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lin is excited about the growing numbers of young tuba and euphonium players in Taiwan.
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
BASSically Representing Tuba and Euphonium in Minnesota!
BASSically BRASS, the euphonium and tuba ensemble from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, will be a featured ensemble at the Minnesota Music Educator’s Mid-Winter Conference in Minneapolis on Thursday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. Under the direction of UWEC tuba and euphonium professor Jerry Young, the ensemble will feature original works by James Grant and Robert Jager, as well as arrangements by Skip Gray, Ron Knoener, and Rodger Vaughan, among others. UW-Eau Claire students Michael Vallez (euphonium) and Calvin Grier (tuba) will be featured soloists. For more information, visit the MMEA web page at www.mmea.org.
Great Performers at Murray State
Euphonium Soloist Steven Mead was recently at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky (MSU) for a concerto performance with the wind ensemble, a recital, three masterclasses, and private lessons for their annual Quad State Band Festival. Euphonium soloist Brandon Jones was also at MSU for a recital, masterclasses, and lessons. Trombonist Ron Barron will be coming to MSU for a recital, mini recital, masterclass, and lessons on November 15–17, 2009. MUS also recently hosted tubist and Penn State University tuba and euphonium professor Velvet Brown for their Quad State Festival and tubist and Indiana tuba and euphonium professor Dan Perantoni.
SYMBIOSIS DUO Fall Tour
The Symbiosis Duo, comprised of Gail Robertson, euphonium, Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba at the University of Central Florida and Low Brass at Valencia Community College and Stacy Baker, tuba, Professor of Music-Tuba/Euphonium at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, will soon be touring around the southeast and other areas. This great duo will soon be releasing their first recording. For more tour schedule and additional information, visit www.symbiosisduo.com.
Gail Robertson & Stacy Baker
The Inaugural Concert of the Charlotte Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
The Charlotte Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is comprised of twenty local professional, semi-professional, college students, and adult amateur musicians who perform on the tuba and euphonium. The inaugural concert, held on October 11, 2009, featured the first performance of the Charlotte Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble with guest soloist Kenyon Wilson of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Also on the concert was the premiere performance of Wilson’s Dance No. 2, commissioned for the Charlotte Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble by the group’s founder, David Silden. For more information, visit www.dsbe.org.
Mendelssohn’s Seasons World Premiere
In recognition of the bicentennial of Felix Mendelssohn’s birth, Clifford Bevan’s Mendelssohn’s Seasons, a four-movement work for choir and historical brass, received its world premiered this summer at the 2009 Early Brass Festival, held at Connecticut College. Oriented for choral forces common to Mendelssohn’s writing and incorporating text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mendelssohn’s Seasons is scored for early 19th century brass: natural horn, trombone, and two members of the tuba family—the English bass horn and ophicleide, instruments for which Mendelssohn exhibited particular fondness. The work with its allusions to Lobgesang, Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Elijah, Ein Sommernachtstraum, and Festgesang offered many delights for the Mendelssohn aficionado as well as a pleasing experience for the general audience. The composition was performed by The Anglican Singers of New London, Ct, Wim Becu, guest conductor, and members of Berlioz Historical Brass: Jeffrey Snedeker on natural horn, David Loucky on trombone, Craig Kridel on English bass horn, and Douglas Yeo on ophicleide. For more information, go to www.berliozhistoricalbrass.org.
2009 TubaMania International Festival
The 2009 TubaMania International Festival will take place in Bangkok Thailand, December 14-17, 2009. For more information with a detailed schedule of events, go to www.tubamania.com/2009_tubamania_festival.htm.
Tuba & Euphonium Workshop in Vestby, Norway
The Low Brass Society in Vestby hosted its second workshop September 11–13 2009. It included concerts, seminars, ensemble-playing for all attendees, instrument exhibit, master classes etc. with emphasis on the tuba and euphonium/baritone.
Guest artists/instructors included Øystein Baadsvik, tuba, Adam Frey, euphonium, Håkan Björkmann, trombone, jazz tuba, Lars Andreas Haug, and Saturday night entertainment TubaKvartetten (www.thetubaquartet.com). Please contact email@example.com or call Morten at +47-977 46033 for more information about the workshop for next year.
Fall Euphonium Premier
U.K. Willson euphonium artist Charley Brighton will be premiering the brass band version of Terry Treherne’s Maestoso Spiritoso on November 7th, 2009.The work was originally written for Charley and Malcolm Stowell (piano) and premiered at St. Mary’s Slough earlier in the year.The new brass band version will be heard in a concert featuring Charley as guest soloist with the Staines Band of the Salvation Army conducted by bandmaster Tim Parker.For more information go to http://www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk/terry.htm
On August 16–22 in Bogata, Columbia, an intense one-week course for tubas and euphoniums took place in South America. Colombia has one of the strongest wind band movements in South America, so it made for a great place for players to gather and learn. Teachers included Adam Frey and Ramon Benitez, euphoniums and Fredy Romero Nieto (Colombia), Juan Sepulveda, (Colombia) and Patricio Cosentino (Argentina), tubas.
New Tuba CD by Jim Shearer
Tubist Jim Shearer has released a new CD on Summit Records titled TheMemphis Hang. Working with Memphis-based musicians Charlie Wood(keyboards and vocals) and Billy Gibson (harmonica), Shearer has created aunique collection of classic jazz and blues tunes coupled with moreobscure selections and two original pieces. Reviewer Scott Yanow from theAll Music Guide states: “Ranging from Fats Waller to Thelonious Monkwith a bow towards Charles Mingus, this is a consistently fun set ofspirited yet relaxed music that, come to think of it, does sound like alate-night hang.” More information about Jim Shearer and this new CD
release can be found at www.tubashow.us and www.myspace.com/tubashow.
New Tuba CD by Ted Cox
Bach to Bix, a new tuba recording by Ted Cox, is from a guest recital he performed at the University of North Texas on September 17th, 2002. The recording features many great works including Alec Wilder Suites No. 1, 3 and 5 (selected movements), In the Dark by Bix Beiderbecke, Field of the Dead by Sergei Prokofiev, Convalescence Suite, movement 12 by Alec Wilder, Sonata No. 3 in A Major for flute by J.S. Bach and Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major by Mozart. More information concerning this recording can be found at www.cdbaby.com and you can also listen to thirty-second sound samples of each track.
New Sérgio Carolino Recording
A new recording by Yamaha Performing Artist and tuba soloist Sergio Carolino features António Vic torino D’Almeida’s Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra. For more information concerning this recording go to http://victorinodalmeida.wordpress.com.
New Wooden Mutes by Denis Wick
Denis Wick has introduced a new range of wooden mutes for baritone horn, euphonium, and tuba. The metal mutes and practice mutes from Denis Wick are already well known, and the wooden mutes achieve the same excellent tone and intonation for which Denis Wick mutes are famous. The special construction method used in the wooden mutes combines beautiful Finnish Birchwood on the outside with a very hard material on the inside, creating a mute both light and responsive but also very resonant. These mutes are ideal for quite playing where an intense, distant sound is required, but also excellent as an all-round, easily transported mute.
The metal mute for baritone horn is an ideal cimbasso or contrabass trombone mute, and both Ashley Wall (cimbasso) and Keith McNicoll (contrabass trombone) of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden have recently purchased them for use both in the opera pit and for home practice. Highly recommended for any cimbasso player undertaking any film score work or tackling modern repertoire, where a good mute is a necessity. See the Denis Wick website www.deniswick.com for details of the products and lists of dealers and distributors.
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