Paul Carlson is the new Affiliate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Grand Valley State University. Carlson will begin at GVSU this fall. In addition to serving at GVSU, he will also be performing in his third season with the Dallas Brass. He is currently ABD at Indiana University, where he studied with Dan Perantoni. Carlson has also studied with Richard White, Mark Moore, Joseph Goble, and Brian Meixner.
John DiCesare will be the new Assistant Professor of Tuba at Kent State University. DiCesare will begin teaching at Kent State this fall. DiCesare holds an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University, an M.M. from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree also from Kent State University. He has studied with Craig Knox, Tom Lukowicz, and John Bottomley.
Aubrey Foard is the new principal tubist of the Charlotte Symphony, and he will begin playing with the orchestra in September. In addition to his appointment with the Charlotte Symphony, Foard performs as tubist during the summer season with the San Diego Symphony, as principal tubist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and as a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a tuba soloist, he has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today,” WQXR New York, and KUHF Houston. The 2012-2013 season also marks Foard’s professional concert artist debut with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes tuba concerti by both Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Williams.
Stephen Kunzer will be the new Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Oklahoma State University. Kunzer will join the OSU faculty beginning this fall. He holds an M.M. in performance from the University of Cincinnati and a B.M. from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in music education and performance. His performance résumé as a freelance musician has allowed him to perform with some of the finest artists including Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Joshua Bell, Arturo Sandoval, and Willie Nelson. Kunzer is in high demand as a solo artist and clinician, and he performs recitals and gives lectures and master classes all over the world. His performances have been heard across the United States, Thailand, and Korea, and he has performed at numerous regional and international music conferences. Kunzer is a Besson/Buffet Crampon tuba artist and clinician.
Tom Lukowicz will be the new Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Wright State University, where he will begin teaching this fall. Prior to his position at Wright State, he was on the faculty of Kent State University and Notre Dame College. He has also served as an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, Riverside Community College, and the Oberlin Conservatory. Lukowicz is currently a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, where he served as the teaching assistant for the tuba/euphonium studio. He has earned degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M.), the University of Southern California (M.M.), and Carnegie Mellon University (Artist Diploma). He has studied privately with Phil Sinder, Craig Knox, Murray Crewe, Norm Pearson, Tommy Johnson, Chester Schmitz, Wesley Jacobs, James DeSano, and Roy Poper.
Dr. Kendall Prinz has recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Instrumental Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University. He will begin teaching at Northwest in August. Dr. Prinz has maintained a diverse music career that has included composition, performance, conducting, and education. Most recently, he completed his D.M.A. in tuba performance at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Prinz has taught at many different levels of academia – from secondary public education to undergraduate college. His interests include the solo tuba and chamber music repertoire written by composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Dr. Thomas J. Ricer is the new tubist with the Royal Hawaiian Band and will begin playing with the ensemble on a full-time basis in August 2012. Established by King Kamehameha III in 1836, the Royal Hawaiian Band is the only ensemble in America with a royal legacy and, as a department of the City and County of Honolulu, it is the only full time municipal band in the United States. Dr. Ricer will also be joining the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall, teaching tuba, euphonium, and music education. Ricer holds a B.M. from Miami University where he studied with Mike Thornton, an M.M. from the University of Tennessee where studied with Sande MacMorran, and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music under Don Harry. Ricer is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has performed with the Cincinnati, Honolulu, Syracuse, Hawaii, Knoxville, Lima, Springfield, Lebanon, and Middletown Symphony Orchestras. Ricer can be heard playing funk sousaphone on the Po’Boys Brass Band’s two albums. More information on Ricer can be found at www.TJRicer.com.
Gail Robertson will be the new Part-time Lecturer-Artist Teacher of Tuba and Euphonium at Eastern Michigan University beginning in the fall. She is currently a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University, where she is pursuing a D.M.A. in euphonium performance. Prior to beginning studies at Michigan State, Robertson taught at the University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and Bethune-Cookman College. Her previous degrees in euphonium performance are from Indiana University and the University of Central Florida. She is a co-founding member of SymbiosisDuo with Stacy Baker and is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” and the Athena Brass Band. Robertson is also a founding member of Walt Disney’s “Tubafours.” Robertson is in demand as a soloist, clinician, judge, and composer/arranger. She is a Willson Euphonium Artist.
A junior at Indiana University and a student of Daniel Perantoni, Nimrod Ron has accepted the principal tuba position with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ron has previously served his obligatory military service with the Israel Defense Forces military band as principal tubist from 2006-2009. Ron has had the privilege of playing with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra for several months during the last season and was subsequently offered the tuba position. Ron has performed with many orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Radio Orchestra. His solo experience includes performing with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra as the concerto competition winner and with the IU Jacobs School of Music Ad-Hoc Orchestra.
Nimrod Ron, right, with Nir Erez, trombone, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Matthew Shipes has won a euphonium position with the United States Air Force Ceremonial Brass, which is based in Washington D.C. Shipes is a multifaceted brass player who has studied trombone, euphonium, and tuba at Baylor University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Georgia. According to an article on the University of Arkansas Newswire, Shipes attributes his success in this audition to his constant involvement in the ensembles of the schools which he has attended, something that has gained him a lot of valuable audition experience. Shipes went to U.S. Air Force basic training in late June and will begin playing with the Ceremonial Brass in the next few months.
ITEA President Dr. Deanna Swoboda is the new Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Arizona State University. She takes over for Sam Pilafian, who will now be teaching at the University of Miami. Dr. Swoboda spent the last seven years teaching at Western Michigan University, where she played with the resident faculty quintet and with TubaCOR, a tuba, horn, and piano trio. In addition to teaching tuba and euphonium, she enjoyed developing Entrepreneurial Activities and Workshops and plans to continue those projects at Arizona State University. She also recently co-hosted the International Women’s Brass Conference with Dr. Lin Foulk, the professor of horn at Western Michigan.
Daniel Walley has recently won a tuba position with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. Walley will attend basic training in San Antonio, TX in the coming months and will then head to Washington D.C. to begin playing with the band. He will enter the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. Walley was born to a military family in Dayton, Ohio and subsequently lived in Washington D.C. and Niceville, Florida. Walley attended Louisiana State University to study with Dr. Joseph Skillen. Last year, he was accepted to the Orchestral Performance program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Alan Baer, principal tubist of the New York Philharmonic.
Turbulence by Bruce Broughton
Bruce Broughton, the 10-time Emmy Award winning composer whose Sonata/Concerto (1976) is a favorite among tubists, has written a new piece for tuba and piano entitled Turbulence. Commissioned by Dr. Kent Eshelman and the Baylor University School of Music, Turbulence is a fast-paced, six-minute adventure displaying explosions of virtuosity, moments of jet-propelled lyricism, and relentless intensity throughout. Dr. Eshelman gave the world premiere at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria on June 30 and will include the work on his solo CD to be released later in 2012. Turbulence will be published this summer and available for purchase at www.brucebroughton.com.
A Willson Concertante by Joe Miserendino
(extracted from a concert review by Tommy Yandle, Chester, Virginia)
In April, British euphonium soloist Charley Brighton traveled to Richmond, Virginia to perform A Willson Concertante with the Henrico Concert Band in what was believed to be the United States premiere of the work. Miserendino (1932-2010), who wrote the piece for Brighton, originally composed four movements for this concerto in 2004. A separate Allegro Scherzando was dropped and published separately, in order to preserve the more traditional three-movement format of this type of work. While Miserendino was contemplating a title for the piece, Brighton gained sponsorship as a performing artist from the Willson instrument company, hence the name of the concerto. The three movements are “Con Bravura,” “Notturno Adagio,” and “Vivace con Brio.” Both band and soloist were on top form for this difficult, lengthy and, at times, sparsely scored work. Following the performance of the concerto, Brighton played an unaccompanied set of variations on “Londonderry Air,” a piece which was composed for Brighton by Tony Osborne, a fellow musician from Brighton’s current place of residence in Slough, Berkshire, UK.
Charley Brighton Premieres Four New Works
Willson UK Euphonium Artist Charley Brighton has recently premiered four new works. His 45th recital (and 11th this year) at St. Mary’s Church in Slough, Berkshire, UK saw the first performance of In Memoriam by Australian composer Yvonne Anthony. Taken from the second movement of her Orion Sonata for trombone, this version has been especially arranged for Brighton and accompanist Malcolm Stowell in memory of Anthony’s late partner, trombonist Ron Patrick. The composer has written two previous works for Charley: Kiss of Light and Journey to the Centre. In March, Brighton premiered Journey, which was composed for him by trumpeter Esther Hopkins. Journey is a slow piece in the baroque style exploring the higher register of the instrument. Brighton’s wife Sue joined him on baritone for a new duet composed by Salvation Army writer Terry Treherne. Reflections is based on the hymn tune Fewster composed by Ernest Fewster with words by Catherine Baird. Finally, composer Barrie Hingley wrote Fantasia for Brighton to perform with the BBC Elstree Concert Band in London. Hingley is now retired and was a musical director of the Royal Air Force Central Band.
Fanfares and Arhoolies by William Roper
Los Angeles-based tubist William Roper’s Fanfares and Arhoolies, a site-specific work commissioned by SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound) premiered in October 2011. The work featured some of Los Angeles’s premiere brass players, including Loren Marsteller playing an impressive solo on the alphorn and Doug Tornquist on cimbasso. A video of the performance may be viewed on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dc02oDzOo4. To learn more about Roper, you may also watch a video done by film artist Joseph Santarromana. Santarromana produced a video portrait of Roper which examines the arch of Roper’s life as a tubist, composer, visual artist, and foodie. The video, which offers a unique insight into the artistic process, can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/channels/289598
International Women’s Brass Conference
In June, Dr. Deanna Swoboda and Dr. Lin Foulk, the tuba and horn professors at Western Michigan University, hosted the International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition to an exciting lineup of solo, chamber, and large ensemble performances by the guest artists, several competitions occurred just before the official start of the conference. Category I featured players 18 years of age and under, Category II was for those 28 and under, and Category III contained participants 29 years old and above. The solo competitions began with a preliminary round in which players competed against those playing the same instrument. The winners of each instrument in each category then competed against one another in the Grand Final Round. The mock orchestral and service band competitions followed a similar format. Congratulations to the following tuba and euphonium players involved in the competitions:
Solo Competitions, Preliminary Round
Category I Euphonium: Grant Jameson (first), Adam Bailey (second)
Category I Tuba: Benjamin Darneille (first), Elena Zarecky (second)
Category II Euphonium: Ryan Chen (first), Blake Birmingham and Matthew Shipes (tied for second)
Category II Trombone: Matthew Shipes (second)
Category II Tuba: Matthew Shipes (first), Andrew Larson (second), Michael Post (third), Stephanie Frye (honorable mention)
Category III Euphonium: T. Jon Pelon (second place; no first or third place awards)
Category III Tuba: no awards
Solo Competitions, Final Round
Category I: Grant Jameson, euphonium (first); Benjamin Darneille, tuba (honorable mention) (no second or third place awards)
Category II: Matthew Shipes, tuba (second); Ryan Chen, euphonium (third)
Mock Orchestral Audition, Preliminary Round Winner
Patrick Melvin, tuba
Mock Orchestral Audition, Final Round
Patrick Melvin, tuba, tied for second with Jo Ann Lamolino, trumpet
Service Band Mock Audition, Preliminary Round Winners
Matthew Shipes, euphonium
Patrick Melvin, tuba
Service Band Mock Audition, Final Round
Matthew Shipes, euphonium (first); Patrick Melvin, tuba (second)
The International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen was held on May 10-19. The instruments eligible to participate in this major international competition rotate every year, with 2012 being the year for horns and tubas. There were 68 competitors in the tuba division. The winners, in order from first to third, were Vikentios Gionanidis (Greece), Simon Wildman (USA), Rubén Durá de Lamo (Spain).
French tubist Thomas Leleu recently won a Grammy award in the nineteenth annual Victoires de las Musique Classique in the category “Instrumental Soloist Revelation of the Year.” This event marks the first time a tubist has won this prestigious award. At just 23 years of age, Leleu has been called “France’s newest tuba prodigy” by La Lettre du Musicien, a musical review periodical published in France. Leleu has earned high placements in the Markneukirchen, Jeju, and Luxembourg international competitions and is currently the principal tubist with the Marseille Philharmonic Opera Orchestra.
Special Recognition and Awards
Dan Perantoni has recently been named a Provost Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. According to the IU website, “[the Provost Professorship] brings honor to members of the faculty who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity and their interaction.” “Mr. P,” as he is often called, is highly regarded as both a performer and teacher, having been a featured artist at Carnegie Hall in New York City and continuing to have great success in preparing his students to win prestigious positions in ensembles and music schools worldwide. For more information on Perantoni’s award, please visit http://info.music.indiana.edu/web/page/normal/22173.html
Congratulations to Dr. Ethan Wickman, composition faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose composition Summit received the Harvey Phillips Award for Composition in the category of Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble at the recent ITEA awards ceremony during the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria.
L-R Chris Combest (UTSA tuba/euphonium professor), Ethan Wickman, and Dr. David Frego (Chair, UTSA Department of Music)
The International Music Camp is hosting an Oktubafest on October 5-7, 2012. The event will take place in the International Peace Garden just north of Dunseith, North Dakota on the United States/Canada border. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are welcome to attend the event, which will include recitals by guest artists, repertoire sessions for solo and chamber music repertoire, master classes, a massed tuba-euphonium choir, an Oktubafest Band, Tuba Sunday Morning, and the world premiere of a commissioned work for tuba quartet, which was written by Kenyon Wilson and dedicated to long-time IMC artist-teacher Harold Brasch. Confirmed guest artists include Adam Frey, euphonium and Jerry Young, tuba. For more information, please visit http://www.internationalmusiccamp.com/news/oktubafest2012
Mike Roylance , principal tubist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, recently participated in a residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio during March 24-27, 2012 where he presented master classes and gave private lessons to UTSA students as part of the first annual UTSA Tuba/Euphonium Day on March 27. Chris Combest, tuba/euphonium professor at UTSA, is pictured here with Mike Roylance and students after the final concert where Roylance performed Robert W. Smith’s Teutonic Tales with the University Band under the direction of Prof. Ron Ellis. Combest would like to thank Mr. Roylance for bringing a little Boston to San Antonio, Texas.
University of Texas at San Antonio Tuba/Euphonium Day
In honor of the late Rodger Vaughan, a respected tubist and composer who passed away in January, several universities are hosting tribute concerts this fall.
• University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 29, 7:30 pm EST, School of Music
• University of Northern Iowa, October 31, 8 pm CDT, Davis Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
• University of Kansas, November 15, 7:30 pm CDT, Swarthout Recital Hall, School of Music
• University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, November 29, 7:30 pm CDT, Gantner Concert Hall, Department of Music
On May 7, 2012, trombone and euphonium player Tyrone Breuninger, 73, died of lung cancer. A trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1967 to 1999, Breuninger also taught trombone, euphonium, and tuba at Rowan University in New Jersey and recorded a solo euphonium CD, The Classic Euphonium. For the full obituary, please visit http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-21/news/31789005_1_euphonium-trombone-philadelphia-orchestra