Dr. Justin Benavidez has been appointed to the tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During the 2011/2012 academic year, Dr. Benavidez has held a nine-month teaching appointment at TAMUK. More information about Dr. Benavidez can be found at www.justinbenavidez.com.
Philip Broome has won the euphonium audition for the West Point Concert Band. He will replace SFC Barry Morrison, who will be retiring in the coming months. Following basic training, Broome will report to West Point to begin playing with the Concert Band in early fall 2012. Broome attended Columbus State University where he obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Performance in Euphonium and Audio Technology. Much of his musical training is rooted in the Salvation Army music programs of the Southeast United States and performing in many music festivals and camps. He has also participated in and was a finalist in several prestigious euphonium competitions, including the Falcone and ITEC Competitions.
Landres Bryant has won the recent tuba audition for the U.S. “President’s Own” Marine Band. He will begin playing with the band on a full-time basis this summer. Bryant received a B.M. from the University of Michigan under Fritz Kaenzig and is completing his M.M. at Yale University under Mike Roylance. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Das Schleswig-Holstein Academy, and Music Academy of the West.
Colby Fahrenbacher has won the recent tuba audition for the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, which is stationed at the Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. After completing basic training, he will begin playing with the band late this summer. Fahrenbacher is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received both his B.M. and M.M. under the tutelage of Professor Mark Moore. In 2011, he was selected as a winner of the University of Illinois Concerto Competition and the Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference Solo Tuba Competition. Fahrenbacher has served as principal tuba with the Danville Symphony Orchestra, acting principal tuba with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and associate tuba with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In August 2011, Dr. Brent Harvey began serving as Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Winston-Salem State University. He holds a B.M. from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Ross Tolbert, as well as M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the tutelage of Dr. Dennis AsKew. Dr. Harvey is a founding member of the da Capo Brass Quintet and also performs with the international award winning tuba quartet, Tubas In The Sun. Chief Warrant Officer Harvey additionally serves as the Commander and Conductor of the 440th Army Band in the U.S. Army North Carolina National Guard.
Dr. Ben Miles will be the new Associate Professor of Tuba at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Dr. Miles began his collegiate teaching career at the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and in 2008 moved to Wright State University, where he has been teaching for the past four years. He received his degrees from Michigan State University, Penn State University, and the State University of New York at Fredonia. His principal teachers include Phil Sinder, Marty Erickson, and C. Rudolph Emilson. Dr. Miles has performed as a soloist at the International Tuba and Euphonium International and Regional Conferences and was the winner of the 2005 Leonard Falcone International Artist Tuba Competition.
Andy Smith is the new Principal Tubist with the Chicago Lyric Opera and will begin playing with the ensemble on a full-time basis in September 2012. Smith, from Amarillo, Texas, received his B.M. from Texas Tech University where he studied with Kevin Wass. He is currently in his first year of the M.M. program at Indiana University where he studies with Dan Perantoni. Prior to winning the Lyric Opera position, Smith was a highly sought-after tubist in Texas where he performed regularly with the Lubbock and Big Spring Symphonies. Smith was the winner of the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestra Audition at the 2010 ITEC.
Michael Taylor recently accepted the position of Adjunct Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC where he also directs the LRU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. In addition to his duties at Lenoir-Rhyne, Mr. Taylor is the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Furman University in Greenville, SC where he assists in coaching chamber brass and performs in the faculty brass quintet. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Indiana University and Western Carolina University. His principal teachers include Harvey Phillips, Dan Perantoni, and Kenneth Kroesche.
Dr. Aaron Tindall has accepted the tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Ithaca College in New York. During the 2011/2012 academic year, Tindall has held a nine-month teaching appointment at Ithaca following the retirement of David Unland.
Garonby Yuval Avital
Garon is a massive sonic composition for 45 tubas, six percussionists, choir, three conductors, and live electronics. The piece was commissioned as a closing concert for an installation called Dirty Corner by Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor. The premiere occurred on January 26, 2012 around the installation, which is located in the Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy.
Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop – 2012 Composition Contest
Tony Clements, Director of the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, announced the 2012 Composition Contest winners on Monday, March 12, 2012.
Zachary Smith of Fredericksburg, Virginia won the grand prize of $2000 for his trio French Quarter Snapshots. John Palmer from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, won the second place prize of $1000 with his quartet titled Petit Suite. The $500 third place prize was awarded to Marcus Venables of Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada for his quartet Absent Illusion. Jeremy Morgan of St. Paul, MN received honorable mention recognition for his quartet Suite from Bonny/Read. Ray Downey of Bellingham, WA, also received honorable mention recognition for his quartet Wind Dancers.
The contest focused on original 8-10 minute works for college-level brass trio (trumpet, horn, trombone or horn, trombone, tuba) or quartet (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba). 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 2012 Brass Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
For further information regarding the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop or the Composition Contest, visit http://www.humboldt.edu/brass/.
Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Horn, and Tuba by Andre Previn
Craig Knox with Andre Previn
The Triple Concerto by Andre Previn is a three-movement work commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to feature principal players from the brass section. Previn was the Music Director of the PSO from 1976-1984 and returns periodically as a guest conductor. The world premiere performances occurred on March 9, 10, and 11, 2012 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh with Previn conducting. The soloists were George Vosburgh, trumpet, William Caballero, horn, and Craig Knox, tuba. Although there are currently no recordings available online, the three premiere performances were recorded for PSO syndicated radio broadcast, which will be broadcast nationally during the 2012-2013 season. According to Knox, “the three performances were all well attended and enthusiastically received. The piece is melodic and very accessible. It was favorably reviewed, and many audience members [said] they enjoyed the piece and hope it is programmed again.” If you would like to learn more about Knox, please visit his website at www.CraigKnoxTuba.com, which contains information about his recent solo CD release, A Road Less Traveled.
Tuba Concertoby Donald Grantham
On March 27, 2012, Charles Villarrubia, Senior Lecturer in Chamber Music and Tuba at the University of Texas-Austin, gave the world premiere performance of Donald Grantham’s Tuba Concerto. The concerto is scored for tuba, orchestral winds, percussion, and piano. Villarrubia was accompanied by the UT-Austin Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Carnochan. The work, brought about by a commissioning consortium, explores the tuba’s virtuosity and lyricism in three movements titled “Fiery and bold, Languid and expressive, and Boisterious! Tiny Parham in memoriam.”
Tuba Repertoire Initiative 2012/2013
Two years ago an ambitious commissioning project was unveiled that successfully brought together numerous young performers in a collaborative effort to promote a new work for tuba. Student performers from across the United States and Canada demonstrated a unified team approach to the preparation and performance of Concerto for Tuba, Opus 23 by Canadian composer Charles Liu. The result of this cooperative effort is that the work by Charles Liu has had over 15 performances since 2010 and is well positioned for selection as a serious repertoire work in future recital and concert performances.
At the conclusion of the 2010/2011 North American Tuba Repertoire Initiative, Jacob Haramule (project coordinator), Aaron Tindall (Assistant Professor of Tuba at Ithaca College), and John Olah (Professor of Tuba, University of Miami) selected a new composer to write the work that will be featured in the Tuba Repertoire Initiative 2012/2013. Todd Goodman, resident composer at the Lincoln Performing Arts Center, was selected from among several competitive applicants to receive the $2500 commissioning award and to write the work for tuba that will unite an even greater number of young performers from 2012 through 2013. Mr. Goodman, a native of Pennsylvania, has had his pieces performed by members of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Seattle Symphonies, and has recently been named the winning composer for the 2012 British Trombone Society Composition Award.
The international premiere of Todd Goodman’s Tuba Concerto will be given by Grammy-nominated artist Aaron Tindall. Dr. Tindall has been an integral force behind this youth-led commissioning project and will perform the work at ITEC 2012 in Austria.
Studio instructors are encouraged to join the project and bring their students on board this initiative. Anyone wishing to hear a demo and to read more about the project and the composer are invited to visit www.TubaInitiative.org for details. Sign up as a participant and performer by completing the participation form on the website. Please contact project coordinator Jacob Haramule at email@example.com with any questions and feedback.
Timothy Morris, a freshman euphonium player at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, won the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association Young Artist Solo Scholarship Competition. The competition occurred in November 2011 and was open to high school and undergraduate students ages 16-25. As a result of winning the competition, Morris received a $1500 scholarship award and the opportunity to perform a solo with the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble on its March 2012 concert. Morris is a student of Matthew Mireles.
FESTIVALS & WORKSHOPS
Dr. Brian Bowman’s School of Euphonium will be held from June 8-15, 2012 at Coppell Middle and High Schools in Texas. This event has two sessions – one designed for middle school students and the other for high school students. Led by Dr. Bowman, the School of Euphonium includes concerts, ensemble playing, master classes, faculty recitals, musicianship courses, and solo opportunities. For more information, visit www.dbse.org
In January, tubist and composer Rodger Vaughan passed away at his home in Colorado. Vaughan had been a professor of music theory and composition at California State University-Fullerton for over 30 years. Vaughan wrote and arranged a large number of works for the tuba and euphonium, including many for the tuba-euphonium quartet. Vaughan’s obituary may be read on the following website: