News Joseph Skillen, Editor, T.U.B.A. Journal News
A Word from the Associate Editor for News
I am very pleased to have the opporturiity to serve as the new Associate Editor for News of the TUBA Journal. It is personally very exciting to see all of the things that our members are doing. I’m pleased to bring to you the news of our membership.
At this point, I would like to offer my thanks to Kelly O’Bryant for all of his efforts as the past Associate Editor for News. I have some big shoes to fill. Hopefully all of the readers will follow my work with the same level of interest with which they read his past columns. Thanks Kelly for serving us so well over last few years!
I truly want this section of the journal to belong to all members of our organization. I will continue to list job openings, new appointments, news from competitions, and other professional news that needs to be reported. However, I would also like to see a significant increase in the amount of news that we receive from our amateur members. To this end, I am including some new sections.
In each news section, there will be an Internet “pick of the quarter.” I hope to give a web address in each Journal that will be of interest to all of our members. Also, I hope to include quotes that mention our instruments in the mass media platforms from around the world such as the one below found in the Dallas Morning News. In order to do this, I need your help. Please send me submissions of anything you consider to be newsworthy. I guarantee our readership will find these things interesting. I want to hear from YOU!
Don’t be a stranger, and send me those news items. Also, I welcome your comments on my efforts to improve the News column.
Joseph Skillen. The TUBA news guy
Seattle Symphony announces auditions for Principal Tuba
Employment to begin with the 2001 – 2002 season. Only highly qualified applicants will be invited to this audition. Repertoire will be sent upon receipt of your resume. Finals for the Principal Tuba position will be held in Seattle on November 18, 2000. Preliminary auditions may begin as early as November 14, 2000. Send your resume to: Ronald Simon, Orchestra Personnel Manager, Seattle Symphony, PO Box 21906, Seattle, WA 98111-3906.
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” announces one vacancy for TUBA.
The United States Army has an immediate opening for Tuba with The US Army Ceremonial Band, the premier ceremonial ensemble of the Army.
The applicant must demonstrate excellent sight-reading skills as well as proficiency in varied styles. Regular duties include performance with The Army Ceremonial Band and the Army Brass Band and may include performance in The Army Concert Band, The Army Orchestra, and chamber music ensembles. Applicants will be expected to meet all standards required to enlist in the Armed Forces to include a physical examination. Maximum age is 34. An extensive background investigation will be conducted on the accepted candidate to ensure suitability for White House support duties. Please submit a resume and a cassette tape. Tape must include examples of technical proficiency in a variety of musical styles.
Send materials no later than 1 October 2000 to:
The United States Army Band
204 Lee Avenue
Fort Myer, Virginia 22211-1199
(703) 696-3643 FAX (703) 696-3904
http ://www. army, mil/armyband/
In addition to a rewarding musical experience, members enjoy a full range of military benefits to include medical and dental care, 30-days paid vacation a year, a permanent duty assignment to Ft. Myer, Virginia, and educational benefits such as the College Loan Repayment Program which can help pay off existing college loans up to $65,000. Current annual salary level for a Staff Sergeant is $30,250 – $34,700.
Call for Nominations
Biennial elections of TUBA officers are scheduled for this academic year. Tlie nominating commuree consists of R. Winston Morris, Brian Bowman and Fritz Kaenzig. Any member of TUBA can make nominations for the officers. Nominations should be forwarded to Sctit Watson, current President of T.U.B.A. All nominaitions must be made before November lOth, 2000. The nominating committee will ultimately propose a slate of candidates to the Executive Committee and the membership will have the opportunity to vote by ballot. The ballot will be enclosed with the Spring issue of the TUBA JOURNAL. Nominations are sought for the following offices: Vice President/Pesident Elect, International Vice President, Secretary, and Euphonium Coordinator.
Richard Perry begins teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi
Richard Penr was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Southern Mississippi m Hattiesburg, MS. Prior to his appointment at USM, he was Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo, and served as adjunct faculty at Birmingham-Southern College He holds degrees from Tennessee Tech University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal teachers were R. Winston Morris, Fritz Kaenzig, and John Stevens. He is cun-ently a member of the Alabama Tuba Quartet, a professional tuba-euphonium quartet and of the MJT Project, a jazz tuba-euphonium ensemble organized by Winston Morris.
Charles Guy to teach at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Dr. Charles Guy, who has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan-Flint and Grand Valley State University, has been named Lecturer in Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Chuck holds degrees from the University of Akron and Michigan State University. He will teach theory classes in addition to his duties as Tuba and Euphonium Instructor.
Mark Nelson named Chair of Performing Arts at Pima Community College
Dr. Mark A. Nelson has been appointed Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Director of Bands at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ beginning in fall 2000. In addition to these duties, he will teach applied tuba and euphonium and music theory. He currently serves as Editor of New Materials for the TUBA Journal.
And a Retirement…
Peter Wilson, long time editor of The British Bandsman and good friend of the TUBA Journal, retired in May of this year. He has graciously shared articles and news items with us over the years, as well as publicizing our efforts from time to time. He has consistently given excellent coverage to matters of all descriptions regarding the euphonium and tuba. We wish Peter all the best and much joy in his retirement, although those of us who^ are regular readers of The British Bandsman will look forward to hearing from him again from time to time in its pages.
Our Instruments in the News (sometimes a bit wacky)
Scott Rimm-Hewitt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail with his Tuba
Scott Rimm-Hewitt is attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail (USA) with his tuba. This excerpt from his letter explains his plans and progress: “I am doing a south bound thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with my TUBA’ I hope to become the first and probably only person to do it. Right now I have just crossed over into NH, gone 298 miles from Mt. Katahdin, and have completed well over 10% of the entire trail. My friend has set up a TUBA Hike Web Site for me and has been doing an excellent job with it. Please check it out and pass it along to others whom you think would be interested Check out the TUBA Hike Site: http://lemming.uvm.edu/ ~dtepper/crazyhikers.
Mystery Tuba Player Accompanies USA Presidential Candidate on Mississippi River Cruise
Everett Gdmore (formerly principal tubist with the Dallas Symphony) sent the following clipping from the August 20, 2000 Dallas Morning News:
“For A1 Gore, the long day on the mighty Mississippi had a surprise landing. ‘You live long enough, you see it all,’ he said, having just walked off the riverboat Mark Twain. ‘I never thought that I would come here to Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin), accompanied by a hovercraft with a man playing a tuba,’ he told’ a crowd of several thousand people who had waited for hours along the banks of the Mississippi River for a glimpse of him. out he’s right there.’
And there he was in the river- a man with a tuba on his personal hovercraft, looking all the world like a giant water bug. At a distance, it was hard to hear what the tuba man was playing, but one network television correspondent thought he heard God Bless America.”
Does anyone know this “mystery tuba player?” Please share his identity with the rest of us. (JS)
Festivals & New Recordings
ITEC 2002 plans already under way After Finland (ITEC 2001) this August, mark your calendars now to attend ITEC 2002 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The event will be co-hosted by Dennis AsKew and Bart Collins at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG). This is a unique pairing of hosts in that this will be the first event that will be co-hosted by both amateur and professional performers. They are pleased to announce that this event will have a significant number of activities for both professionals and amateurs. Bart and Dennis wouldn’t have it any other way.
ITEC 2002 will be at UNCG May 28 – June 1, 2002. For more information, contact Dennis AsKew at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official website: www.itec2002.org.
Oktubafest 2000 at Duquesne University
The Duquesne University Euphonium/Tuba Society (DUETS) is pleased to announce its fifth annual Duquesne University Oktubafest, featuring euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead, sponsored by Boosey & Hawkes and the Duquesne University School of Music. The event will take place on the evenings of Thursday and Friday, October 12 th and 13 th, and all day Saturday, October 14th, 2000, in the Duquesne University School of Music. Duquesne University is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sessions will include student recital and ensemble performances, as well as a recital, clinic, and masterclass by Mr. Mead. For more information, please contact the Duquesne University School of Music at (412)-396-6080 or Aaron Booz at email@example.com.
Inagawa and Nickel Masterclass in Detmold, Germany
Eiichi Inagawa, from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and Hans Nickel, of the Cologne Symphony Orchestra and the Detmold Conservatory of Music, presented a week-long series of masterclasses and concerts in Detmold, Germany on April 2 – 7, 2000. In addition to the German students, 16 (!) Japanese students traveled to Detmold to attend these classes and concerts. The masterclasses focused on the role of the tuba in European orchestras and conversely discussing the tuba in Japan. All of the participants found the event to be very inspiring and useful for bringing a mutual understanding of the musicians from these countries.
Awards & Honors
>Chestnut Brass Company wins Grammy Award
The Chestnut Brass Company and composer Peter Schickele received a Grammy Award in the Classical Crossover category at ceremonies in Los Angeles on February 23, 2000 for their recording “Homsmoke” which features the brass chamber music of Mr. Schickele.
The recording, on the Newport classic label (NCD 85638) includes Mr. Schickele’s “Piano Concerto #2 (Ole),” “Variations on a Joke,” “Brass Calendar,” “A little Mosey Music,” and “Homsmoke.” Mr. Schickele joined the Chestnut Brass Company as pianist and narrator on the recording. “Brass Calendar” was commissioned by the Chestnut Brass Company, who are very active in the commissioning and performance of new works for brass.
Performers on “Homsmoke” were Bruce Barrie and Christopher moore, trumpets, Marian Hesse, horn, Brett Shuster, trombone, and Jay Krush, tuba.
Corwell Receives 2nd Grant from the State of Maryland
Every two years the Maryland State Arts Council offers awards/grants for excellence in solo instrumental performance. Q^ie of the year 2000 winners was Dr. Neal Corwell, euphonium soloist. Neal is the first low brass performer to win the award, and his winning of the equivalent award in 1999, for music composition, makes him the first to ever win back-to-back Maryland State Arts Council Governor’s Citations in music during consecutive years.
Joseph Skillen Wins University Teaching Award
Joseph Skillen recently was awarded one the highest teaching awards at Louisiana State University. In May of 2000, Skillen was honored with a monetary award that recognized him as one of the most outstanding teachers of undergraduate students in the entire University. Each college within the University elects one winner and Skillen was the recipient of this honor for the College of Muisc and Dramatic Arts at LSU.
Falcone Winners Announced
The 2000 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival announces the following winners and finalists. The competition was held in August at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Blue Lake, Michigan. Congratulations to the following performers:
Artist Euphonium Division: First place, Mark Jenkins, Las Vegas, Nevada (University of North Texas/Brian Bowman); Second place, Mitsuru Saito, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Kunitachi College of Music/Fritz Kaenzig); and Third place, Matthew Murchison, Alma, Arkansas (Duquesne University/Lance LaDuke).
Artist Tuba Division: First place, Kent Eshelman, Westerville Ohio (University of Michigan/Fritz Kaenzig); Second place, Scott Beaver, Marietta, Ohio (Tennessee Tech University/Winston Morris); and Third place, Anthony Bush, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Michigan State University/Phil Sinder).
Student Euphonium Division: First place, Kathryn Lindsey, Williamston, Michigan (Williamston High School/Phil Sinder); Second place, Michael Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee (Beardon High School/Sande McMorran; and Third place, Claire Leamon, Lilbum, Georgia (Parkview High School/Michael Moore).
Student Tuba Division: First place, Carol Jantsch, Worthington, Ohio (Interlochen Arts Academy/Tom Riccobono); Second place, Ed Vinson, Auburn Alabama (Auburn High School/ Richard Good and Joe Skillen); and Third place, Tristan Eggener, Green Bay, Wisconsin (Interlochen Arts Academy/ Tom Riccobono).
The 35th Annual Markneukirchen Instrumental Competition
The 35th edition of the famous annual instrumental competitioii at Markneukirchen, Germany took place May 16-27 in Markneukirchen. This competition, as many of our readers are aware, rotates among instruments, with the current year focusing on horn and tuba. The tuba winners of this important international event over the years have either continued or gone on to brilliant careers. This year’s winners are all already important young figures in the professional tuba world. The first prize (10,000 DM and an F or CC tuba firom B&S) winner was Markus Hotzel, tubist of the Staatskapelle Dresden/Semperoper. The second prize (7,000 DM) winner was Hungarian tuba soloist and composer, Roland Szentpali, and the third prize (5,000 DM) winner was Italian tubist, Allessandro Fossi, tubist of the Teatro di S. Carlo Orchestra in Naples.
The 2001 competition will be for viola and cello, and the 2002 competition will be for clarinet and trombone. For information about future Markneukirchen competitions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.markneukirchen.de.
David Childs Finalist in BBC Young Musicians 2000
Readers of the Journal will recall the attempt to eliminate the euphonium from eligibility to compete in the BBC Young Musicians 2000 Competition during the last year. After concerted (no pun intended) protest by TUBA members and others worldwide, the euphonium was reinstated, and David Childs has proceeded to validate the protests! David, who performed Philip Wilby’s Euphonium Concerto in the competition’s concerto final, was selected as “Brass Musician of the Year” by the competition. Congratulations to David for carrying the banner of our great instrument into the spotlight, where it deserves to be.
TUBA Etude Contest to begin:
After a four-year break, the TUBA Etude Book contest will once again be reinstated. The contest will have a slightly different face this year as the information will be disseminated via the Internet – including the publishing of the winning etude book on the World Wide Web. The contest committee is being chaired by Joseph Skillen for the coming year. After September 15, 2000 the rules and guildlines will be mailed and e-mailed to interested teachers and composers. Submissions will be due by May 1, 2001. For more information, go to the official TUBA website – www.tubaonline.org or contact Dr. Skillen at Jskille@lsu.edu.
Can You Donate a Tuba?
Kevin James, New York composer/ trombonist, informs us of a great project in The Big Apple. He’s initiating a program in New York City called the Portraits Project. One facet of that project is a program designed to put instruments into the hands of homeless children (currently living in shelters) and to provide them with weekly instruction and ensemble playing. Most of this will be accomplished through volunteerism on the part of New York’s top free-lancers. As our readers can well imagine, there is a special need for tubas. They have several kids interested in playing tuba, but no instruments for them as of now. This portion of the Portraits Project is a joint effort between Coalition for the Homeless, The Police Athletic League, Meet the Composer, Quintet of the Americas, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble. Please check out the donations page on the Portraits web page at http://www.portraitsproject.com. You may also wish to contact Kevin James directly at 1825 Riverside Dr. #6D, New York, NY 10034, by phone at (212) 304-8214, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Instrument donations will be tax deductible.
Surf’s Up! Web pick of the quarter!
Beginning with this news column, I would like to begin a new section. There are so many interesting sources of information about the euphonium and tuba on the internet, I thought it would be interesting and fun to choose a website of general interest that most members would enjoy viewing. I welcome your submissions of suggested websites for future mention. Let me know what you would like to see in this spot for future News sections. This month, I have decided to spotlight the efforts of one of our friends who is hiking the Appalachian Trail with his tuba. He is outlining his trip in addition to giving journal entries about his adventures with his tuba on his long hike. Check out this site and live in the world of Scott Rimm-Hewitt as he goes where most tuba players have not gone before. http://lemming.uvm.edu/~dtepper/crazyhikers.
It is with deep regret that we must inform our membership of the passing of two important Scandinavian composers. Thanks to Michael Lind for sharing his thoughts about these two great friends of the tuba. ~ the editor
Kjell Roikjer (1901-1999)
I was first introduced to the music of Kjell Roikjer during a lesson with Asger Fredericia, who at that time was his collegue in the Royal Orchestra. He had the first sketches of the 10 Inventions for 2 Tubas and, even though I was a youngster at the time, the music made an impression on me. I did not know at the time that his tonal language as well as his special hand writing was going to follow me for 3 decades. Mr. Roikjer’s instrument was the bassoon, and he studied with Knud Lassen, who was member of the famous woodwind quintet for which Carl Nielsen wrote his quintet. He studied composition with Axel Jorgensen, Jobs. Andersen and N. O Raasted. In 1926 he joined^the Tivoli Orchestra. Before joining the Royal Opera Orchestra 1938 he played with the Helsingborg, and the Danish Radio Orchestras but was active as a chamber musician and performed with the woodwind quintet “32” including the famous homist, Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto.
My personal contact with Kjell Roikjer began sometime in the early 1970s. I was asked to premiere his Concerto written some years earlier, and a lifelong association and friendship began. The Concerto was recorded (and later performed) with the Danish Radio Orchestra. I was so exited about the piece that I asked him to write another, which turned out to be the Capriccio for tuba and orchestra. Mr. Roikjer’s catalogue of tuba works includes the following:
Inventioner for 2 tubas
Inventioner for 3,4 tubaer
Divertimento for 4 tubaer
Concerto for tuba and orchestra
Capriccio for tuba and orchestra
Sonata for tuba and piano
24 Small pieces for tuba and piano
Andante for tuba and piano
Divertimento for flute and tuba
4 solostykker for solotuba
24 Studies for Euphonium
Fanfare for 6 tubaer
Tuba-kvartet og blaseorkester(til Tivoli-Garden)
Torbjorn Iwan Lundquist (1920-2000)
The Swedish composer Torbjorn Iwan Lundquist passed away July 1, 2000.1 was introduced to his music when I became a member of The Stockholm Philharmonic Brass Ensemble 1975. He had written a sextet Kopparstick for the group which we performed many times and also recorded for the Swedish label, Swedish Discofil. The Stockholm Philharmonic also performed and recorded several of his ten symphonies, and I was moved by the music. Being the winner of the Swedish Rikskonserters soloist award in 1976,1 did not hesitate when asked which Swedish composer I wanted to commission to write a tuba piece. Torbjorn wrote Landscape for tuba, strings and piano, which was premiered in Orebro and later recorded by me with the string section of the Swedish Radio Orchestra.
For the First Swedish Tuba/Euphonium Workshop 1977, Mr. Lundquist wrote a tuba quartet Triplets, which he coached and conducted. The quartet that premiered the piece included Harvey Phillips, Michael Lind, Mel Culbertson, and Bob Tucci. For the First Scandinavian Brass Symposium I comniissioned him to write a brass quintet, ScaruHnavian Music, for the Stockholm Philharmonic Brass Ensemble which has been recorded for various radio stations, but also performed in live settings a lot.
Both Torbjorn Lundquist and Kjell Roikjer made significant contributions to our instrument, and they will be greatly missed both in Scandinavia and around the world. Their music, however, will live forever. ~ Michael Lind