Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor
HONORS AND AWARDS
Congratulations to the University of Arkansas Tuba and Euphonium Professor Dr.Benjamin Pierce for winning The International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen in May. It is held in the world famous center for making musical instruments in Markneukirchen, Germany. The competition began as a violin contest from 1950 to 1956, and, currently, the competition has developed an impressive international reputation. In 1993, it was admitted to the World Federation of International Music Competitions.The International Instrumental Competition is held for string instruments and wind instruments every year, and it supports new recruits of musicians. For more information visit www.instrumental-competition.de/engl/fs-engl.htm.
Congratulations to University of North Texas euphonium DMA student Lauren Veronie who recently won an audition with The United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. She will be joining that organization following basic training this coming fall. She joins another UNT alum Chris Sarangoulis who is the current principal euphonium with the Field Band. She had also been selected for a prestigious grant by the Beebe Foundation in Boston to study in England but has chosen to accept the job with the band. Lauren is a student of Dr. Brian L. Bowman.
Congratulationz to euphoniumist Gail Robertson, instructor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Central Florida, for winning Tau Beta Sigma’s very prestigious award, “The Outstanding Service to Music Award.” Tau Beta Sigma is a National Honor Band Society and their website quotes the following concerning the award, “This award is presented by the Sorority to a woman who has made a significant contribution to bands through outstanding musicianship, composition, or other means of distinguished service.” It is very unusual for a euphonium player to win this award, and there have been many very famous past recipients.
Dr. Mark Nelson was a finalist for the annual Lumie awards sponsored by the Pima County Arts Council and Tucson Arts Council in Tucson, Arizona in Spring 2008. The category he was nominated for was Arts Educator. His orchestra, Northwest Intergenerational Community Orchestra, was also nominated in the Arts Organization category. Nelson teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona and is the New Materials Editor for the ITEA Journal.
Congratulations to a former student of M. Dee Stewart, Toby Oft. Toby is currently trombonist with the San Diego Symphony. Earlier this month he auditioned and won the principal trombone position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While a student at Indiana University, Toby was in the studios of M. Dee Stewart and Scott Hartman and did additional work with Carl Lenthe.
The Tuba Wins Logo Award
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s BASSically BRASS at Leinenkugel’s Lodge in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Graphic designer and former Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin high school tubist, Shane Alexander won the annual competition for the annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest logo design for 2008 by relying on a subject with which he is very familiar. The logo (see photo) was unveiled on April 18, 2008 to the sounds of members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s BASSically BRASS at Leinenkugel’s Lodge in Chippewa Falls. BASSically BRASS has led the “Procession of the Golden Keg” parade that begins the annual Oktoberfest celebration in September of each year and will be present again for the sixth annual event, September 19–21, 2008.
Appetizers by Kelly Thomas
Mark Masters has released Dr. Kelly Thomas’s first CD, Appetizers, a recording that features tuba and euphonium works. Dr. Thomas is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Director of Pep Bands at the University of Arizona. To quote Dr. Thomas, “The purpose of this project is to introduce challenging works that are technically and musically accessible to the undergraduate music major with regard to range, technical playing, and extended techniques. Much of the standard literature is available on recordings; however, introductory works are not as readily available. I informally surveyed professors to identify works in need of recordings. The CD displays the results and showcases music in a variety of genres as well as varying degrees of difficulty.” This is a very valuable resource besides the music itself as Dr. Thomas outlines information concerning each work, pedagogical information useful to the private teacher and student, the recommendation of a work that would be appropriate to study next, and some composer biographies. The CD includes Concert Piece by P.V De la Nux, Lyric Suite by Donald White, Suite for Tuba by Don Haddad, Concertino for Tuba and Band by Frank Bencriscutto, Lento by Paul Holmes, Four Short Narratives by Neal Corwell, Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant, Sonata for Unaccompanied Euphonium by Fred Clinard, and Two Moods for Tuba by Donald Swann. For more information visit Mark Masters at www.markcustom.com.
Rex Martin Details a Busy Spring and Summer
Rex Martin, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Northwestern University, is often involved with many performances and masterclasses outside of Northwestern University. In February, he organized an exchange program at Northwestern University with the Brass Ensemble of the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. Fifteen Dutch musicians were on the NU campus for a week, taking lessons with NU faculty and the NU students taking lessons with the Dutch faculty. The week culminated in a beautiful concert featuring brass students from both schools.
In May, he was the commencement speaker and featured concerto soloist at the graduation ceremony for the School of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. His first teacher, Professor Emeritus Edward Livingston, made the trip down from Washington Island, WI, for the occasion.
On June 12th, his solo CD was released in Japan on the WAKO label. It was recorded live from a single recital at the Osaka Philharmonic Hall in Osaka, Japan. More details to come concerning his CD.
From June 29th to July 3rd, Gene Pokorny and Mr. Martin presented a week of master classes at Northwestern University, and they will each present solo recitals during the week.
This summer Mr. Martin will present recitals and master classes in Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, and Japan. The recitals in Japan will feature Steven Mead, Shoichiro Hokazono, Roland Szentpáli, and Rex Martin each performing solo works and then performing tuba-euphonium quartets. The concerts will take place in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
Gail Robertson, New Clinician and More
In November of 2007, Gail Robertson became a Sonaré Winds and Schreiber-Keilwerth York Brass International Euphonium Artist/Clinician. Gail’s euphonium of choice is the York Eminence YO-EU4052 and her baritone of choice is the York Preference YO-BA3055.
Along with changing horns, Gail has recently worked with Terry Warburton and they have designed a Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece. For more information, soon, about the new Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpieces go to http://www.warburton-usa.com/.
Gail presented a clinic entitled “How to Fall in Love with the Euphonium and Want to Play it Forever” at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December 2007. She will also perform with Stacy Baker a program of premiers of all new concert duets for the tuba and euphonium during the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Contributing composers were Kim Archer, Brian Balmages, Chris Sharp, T.O. Sterrott, Carolyn Bremer, Christopher Marshall, Phillip Bimstein, Joe Kreines (with a transcription of Verdi), and Alex Bornstien.
Lastly, Gail was also on the faculty of the International Euphonium Institute where she presented an arrangers clinic and was the featured jazz artist of the week.
Got Wagner Tuben?
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire euphonium students
If you don’t have Wagner tuben in your school’s instrument inventory, that doesn’t have to stop your orchestra from performing the music of Wagner, Bruckner, or other composers who use those instruments. Four euphoniums will do the trick! The spring university orchestra concert at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire featured Bruckner’s eighth symphony, and conductor Nobuyoshi Yasuda used four members of the euphonium studio to substitute for the Wagner tenor and bass tuben to great musical success. After the performance, members of the string section were overheard saying that they “wish we could have euphoniums in the orchestra all the time.”
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
Perantoni visits Slovenia
Perantoni performing David Baker’s Concerto.
Perantoni and Uros Kosir.
A seminar on the tuba and euphonium took place from June 22–25 in Slovenia, the country on the sunny side of the Alps, which has a rich musical tradition. The seminar was headed by a big name in the tuba world, Professor Dan Perantoni.
There was a recital by Dan Perantoni and Uros Kosir on Thursday June 22 in Kamnik. Uros Kosir is one of the most well known tuba artists from Slovenia, and, over the last two years, he was a member of Professor Dan Perantoni’s class at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The program included the Sonata by Bruce Broughton, Mahler’s Mistique performed by Uros Kosir and Jasmin Pogačnik on the piano (piano professor) for the first two songs, and the last song was accompanied by Gregor Fticar, who is currently a student of jazz at the Music Academy in Graz. Handel and Piazzola were performed by Dan Perantoni and accompanied by Jasmin Pogacnik on the piano. For the finale Dan Perantoni and Uros Kosir performed a Mozart duet arranged by Jim Self. The audience enjoyed the performance and as a result were treated to two encores. First Uros played the traditional Slovene folk song Po jezeru bliz Triglava (On the lake near Triglav) accompanied by Gregor Fticar on the piano and then Perantoni performed a jazz solo on the tuba.
The audience applauded with such enthusiasm and as they were on their feet they were probably wondering and asking themselves how it was possible that such a magnificent concert took place in their small town. We are really pleased that Dan Perantoni visited and created some unforgettable musical moments for us.On Friday we started with the master class in Trebnje, a town near Ljubljana.
Throughout the whole day Mr. Perantoni lectured and talked about his wealth of experience, which was a true treasure of knowledge for those who attended, motivation for further playing and maybe even for some to start thinking about a professional career.
We continued with the same program on Saturday. In the evening Mr. Parantoni performed a concert with the Chamber Orchestra Carnium lead by conductor Peter Skrjanec. The program included a concerto for the tuba by David Baker, which was written for Dan Perantoni, Piazzola Adios Noninos and Liber tangos. At the beginning the orchestra performed Bartok’s Hungarian Dances. Perantoni really sent the audience into ecstasy with his virtuosity.
I would like to thank director Igor Trsar on behalf of the Public Fund for Cultural Events for making the master class and the performances possible. Furthermore, I would like to thank Mr. Matej Rihter for organizing everything and making sure all went according to plan, and Mr. Tone Fticar, the head on the Cultural Fund in Kamnik, as well as the music schools from Kamnik and Kranj. Thanks also go out to Jasmin Pogacnik and Gregor Fticar on the piano, the Chamber Orchestra Carnium and conductor Peter Skrjanec. Last but not least many thanks go out to Professor Dan Perantoni.
This summer composer/tubist Tom Heasley will make a short north American west coast tour highlighted by a duo concert on August 26, 2008 with composer/trombonist/sound gatherer Stuart Dempster at Gallery 1412 in Seattle, Washington, other dates TBA. While in Washington, Heasley and Dempster will go underground and record for two days with a state-of-the-art binaural recording rig in the now world-famous 2 million-gallon cistern at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. The cistern is best known musically for its 45-second natural reverb and the recordings made there—especially those made by Mr. Dempster (e.g., Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel, released in 1995 by New Albion Records). Heasley will also be the subject of a “deep interview” in the San Francisco Bay Area with Ron Pelletier of Gallery 41, renowned for its long history and archives of in-depth interviews with—and photography of—many of the world’s jazz greats. After hearing Heasley’s music for the first time last year, Mr. Pelletier blogged about Tom and has since been working toward scheduling this interview. While not known primarily for his jazz playing presently, his roots in this genre go long and deep (notwithstanding an unfortunate lack of recorded documentation), having begun professionally with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, West Coast Unit (class of ’83–84). Heasley transcribed his first Charlie Parker solo in the 1970s while playing in the Youngstown State University/Dana School of Music Jazz Ensemble under the direction of the late Anthony ‘Tony’ Leonardi. For additional bookings on this tour, Heasley can be contacted even while on the road (mid-August to early September) either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his (hands-free of course) cell phone (323) 481-1366.
Dr. Martin Cochran Residency
Euphoniumist Dr. Martin Cochran recently completed a four-day residency as a guest artist at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, during which he gave several masterclasses to low brass and music education students, taught private lessons, and was a guest soloist with the UW-Stevens Point Symphonic Band. Dr. Cochran is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama.
Martin Cochran with Wisconsin-Stevens Point students.
Barton Cummings Conducts and Premieres at Tuba and Euphonium Festival
On May 31, Barton Cummings was the featured guest composer at Down in The Valley 2008: A festival of tuba and euphonium. The premiere of his Four Shot Pieces for four tubas was given by the Sacramento State Tuba Quartet under the direction of Julian Dixon. That evening he conducted the Festival Tuba-Euphonium Festival Ensemble in the premiere of his four movement work Down In The Valley Suite. Mr. Cummings said, “I didn’t fall off my chair or otherwise mess up. Not bad considering where I was the week before the festival.” This is remarkable as what Mr. Cummings is referring to is just less than two weeks before the festival he suffered a stroke. We wish you well Mr. Cummings and thanks for all of your compositions!
Alessandro Fossi Teaching Masterclasses in Italy
Tubist Alessandro Fossi will be spending some time in the beautiful country of Italy this summer. From July 22–29 he will be in Riva del Garda, which was home of the 1997 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and is a very beautiful place in the north of Italy. He will teach a tuba class and a quintet class, and the main masterclass will be together with his colleagues of the Gomalan Brass quintet (www.gomalanbrass.com). For more info visit www.musicarivafestival.com.
August 21–24 he will also be at the Santa Fiora Festival, in Monte Amiata (Amiata Mountain), in the heart of Tuscany. While there he will also be teaching with Alan Baer (the tubist of the New York Philharmonic) and many other great brass artists. For more info please visit www.italianbrassweek.com.
Dr. Skip Gray visits East Texas
Skip Gray & J.D. Salas
The Stephen F. Austin State University Tuba and Euphonium studio was honored to have Dr. Skip Gray, professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Kentucky, as a guest artist this past spring. He spent a two-day residence where he held a master class which covered many aspects of brass playing from solo repertoire to chamber music, and he coached the SFA Brass Quintet. Dr. Gray also performed a captivating evening recital which featured some classic tuba literature as well as a few of his own additions to the repertoire such as his arrangement of Allen Vizzuti’s Fantasia for Tuba & Brass Band into a work for tuba and piano and his original composition Sketches from the Shire, a fun piece for two tubas which is based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit. This event was held concurrently with the East Texas Solo & Ensemble festival at SFA so it was a great opportunity for young musicians to enjoy a great performance.
Jay Hunsberger Spring Recital Tour
(L-R) Jay Hunsberger, James Wilson, and Yun-Ling
Jay Hunsberger, Principal Tubist with the Florida West Coast Symphony and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of South Florida, recently completed a spring recital tour. His recital tour stops included Florida State University (March 18), the University of Michigan (April 15), the University of Dayton (April 16), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (April 17). He was accompanied by James Wilson, horn and Yun-Ling Hsu, piano. Their program was Suite No. 1 for Horn, Tuba, and Piano by Alec Wilder, Divertimento for Horn, Tuba and Piano, Op. 43 by Trygve Madsen, Suite for horn and tuba (“Oompah Suite”) by Jan Bach, Ken Bits by Paul Bassler, Suite No. 2 for Horn, Tuba, and Piano by Alec Wilder, and Dance of the Ocean Breeze by Roger Kellaway.
Tuba Outlet Tour
Phillip C. Black, Wichita State University Tuba and Euphonium Professor and Principal Tubist with the Wichita Symphony, is preparing for his “Kansas whirlwind blows through the Midwest” tour from July 15–21. Mr. Black said, “Actually, I originally called this, ‘Looking for an Outlet Tour’ because all the tunes are either solo or with CD accompaniment—so anywhere I could find a place to plug-in, that would be my ‘outlet’ that day.” His tour stops included July 15 at Ball State University, July 16 at Capital University in Columbus Ohio, July 17 at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, July 1 at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio, July 19 at Columbia City, Indiana Community Concert, July 20 at Laud Christian Church 150th Anniversary Celebration Concert, and July 21 at Crown Point, Indiana Community Concert.
Tubist Completes Four Ring Cycle Performances
Ashley (George) Wall of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has been playing his Denis Wick 2.5CC tuba mouthpiece with the Hirsbrunner CC tuba for performances at the Royal Opera House in London. George recently performed on four complete performances of the Ring’ Cycle! Most low brass players are aware that Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is one of the most demanding in the entire repertoire for tuba, and George’s performance, which was broadcast, was a true demonstration of powerful and expressive tuba playing. He returns to the Opera House pit soon for performances of Sleeping Beauty with the Royal Ballet—another great tuba part.
College Audition Preparation
Esteemed Indiana University Trombone and Euphonium Professor M. Dee Stewart is heading up a fantastic opportunity for aspiring musicians of all ages. The program is called “CAP” and stands for College Audition Preparation. It has two levels. CAP I is for high school students who are getting ready to apply to college, and CAP II is for older players who would like expert assistance for graduate school and professional auditions. The program features the outstanding wind and percussion faculty at Indiana University and includes renowned tuba and euphonium professor Daniel Perantoni. Professor Stewart said, “The program features the development of an outstanding instrumental audition, taught daily by members of the Indiana University faculty recognized worldwide for their teaching and performing expertise.”
It will be held at Indiana University from July 20–26. CAP activities include mock suditions, faculty recital, Jacobs School of Music Student Recital, lessons with IU faculty in private and/or group settings. CAP Presentations include resumes, financial aid, career options, Audition preparation, and university entrance requirements. CAP I Grades 10–12 to CAP II post-high school students over the age of 18. No audition is required and there is limited space. For more information, please visit www.music.indian.edu/CAP.
Markus Dickman Jazz
caption Markus Dickman
On April 12, 2008, ITEA Life Member, jazz euphoniumist, and Associate Professor of Music Low Brass & Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida Dr. Marc Dickman led the St. John’s River City Swing at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. A crowd of over 5,000 enjoyed the bands performance with special guest artist John Pizzarelli.
Mark Jenkins Solos at Drake
Drake University and Grady McGrannahan, Drake University Professor of Low Brass welcomed Mark Jenkins to campus on Sunday, May 4. Mr. Jenkins is a euphonium player with the United State Marine Band “President’s Own,” and he performed the Cosma Euphonium Concerto as well as taught a master class and lessons for students of Drake. The concert was held in Sheslow Auditorium.