News Joseph Skillen, Associate Editor, TUBA Journal News
ITEC 2002 requests proposals for recitals and presentations
The Conference Program Committee for ITEC 2002 requests the submission of proposals for the 2002 International Tuba/Euplionium Conference. Lectures, papers, panels, lecture recitals, demonstrations, research and creative projects are invited. Proposals are accepted from the presenter or through recommendation. All members of ITEA are invited to submit proposals. Amateur players and young professionals are especially encouraged to participate. The committee welcomes proposals in all aspects of music performance, teaching, organization, etc. Additionally, the following areas are especially encouraged:
❖ Chamber music tor the amateur player-literature, forming groups, etc.
❖Teacher/student communication-learning theories/learning styles
❖Relationship between movement and performancen mind/ body connections
❖ Business and administrative aspects of free-lancing/teaching
❖ Arranging for solo/small groups
❖ Improvisation-all genres
❖ Instrument maintenance/repair
❖ Music medicine
❖ Presenting clas.ses for public .sclamls
❖ History of the tuba or euphonium in a specific century or region
Guidelines for recommending a presenter
❖ Send a one page letter including:
❖ Your name, phone niiiiiber ;tnd email address
❖ Name, address, phone number email address and other contact information of presenter ytni are recommending.
❖ How you came to know of this person’s expertise in this area
Guidelines for submitting your own proposal
❖ All proposals are to be one tyiiewritten page, double spacetl (approx. 200-250 words)
❖ The subject areas in which the propo.sal falls should be indicated in the upper left hand corner of the page
❖Convention sessions are generally 50 minutes in length, inclusive of introductory, closing remarks and Q&A
❖ A one page resume is required.
❖ Proposals must be received no later than September 15, 2001.
❖ Confirmation of receipt of proposal will be sent after September 15, 2001.
❖ Proposals must include your name, address, phone number, email address, and any other contact information that is necessary.
❖ If your proposal is accepted you will need to submit a 35- word biography and a non-returnable photograph.
Send all proposals to:
Dr. Dennis AsKew. Host, ITEC 2002
School of Music, UNCG
Greensboro, NC 27402
Heading to Lahti?
American Travel Service (ATS) of Evergreen Park, IL is the official travel agency for North American travel to the 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland. ATS is offering reduced air- fares with the official 2001 ITEC air carrier, Finnair. Since there is only one non-stop flight per day from the US to Helsinki, people should be advised to book their flights ASAP! By the time this Journal is in the membership’s hands, flight space is bound to be very limited. So, please, call 1-800-422-3190 right away to secure your spot on the ‘Tuba/Euph Express!’
The owner of ATS, Vyts Lauraitis, has over 12 years of experience in assisting travelers who are planning trips to Europe. His agency will be happy to assist you in designing your own special itinerary, if you would like to travel in other areas before or after the conference. Some areas of interest might include Russia (especially St. Petersburg), Sweden, Norway, Denmark, etc., as travel between Finland and these locations, as well as others, is easy and not very expensive. There are also many other areas of Finland that you might enjoy visiting. ATS and Vyts Lauraitis are ready to offer suggestions and a complete line of travel assistance, including hotel and rental cars.
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Schultz Appointed Principal Tubist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra
In September Ryan Schultz was appointed Principal Tubist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle. The other finalists were Paul Evans and Brian Knowlton. Schultz is Tuba/Euphonium Instructor at Musicworks Northwest, and Principal Tubist of the Seattle Choral Company Orchestra and the Auburn and Yakima Symphonies. Ryan attended the Lawrence Conservatory, where he studied primarily with Nick Keelan and also attended the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Currently Ryan is pursuing graduate studies at Central Washington University as a student of Seattle Symphony’s Stephen Fissel. As a CWU teaching assistant Ryan teaches the undergraduate tuba studio, music theory, and brass methods. Congratulations Ryan!
Stein appointed Publicity Coordinator
Tom Stein-Professor of tuba at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, has been appointed to the new position of International Tuba/Euphonium Association Coordinator of Publicity. He will be in charge of writing and disseminating press releases and other public relations matters. Additionally, he will be responsible for developing grant proposals for future I.T.E.A. projects.
The West Point Band of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, Lieutenant Colonel David H. Deitrick, jr.. Commander and Conductor, announces a vacancy for euphonium. The position carries the rank of Staff Sergeant (annual salary of $30,864-$34,848), full Military Benefits, and 30 days paid vacation annually.
Applications should include a resume, full-length photograph, and audition tape (not more than six months old) with compositions drawn from standard euphonium repertoire. Selected applicants will be invited to audition at West Point at government expense. All materials are due by May 1, 2001.
The United States Military Academy Band is the oldest musical organization in the United States Army. Its primary mission is to provide musical support for the United States Corps of Cadets. The Military Academy Band performs a wide variety of commitments, including public concerts, ceremonies, chamber music recitals, recording sessions, and athletic events, and has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
An assignment in the United States Military Academy Band is stabilized. Promotion to Staff Sergeant is awarded after completion of four months service. Benefits include medical and dental care for you and your immediate family. Educational benefits include a college loan repayment program and tuition assistance.
Please submit all audition materials to: Auditions
Attn: Sergeant Major Rick Gerard
United States Military Academy Band
West Point, New York 10996-1587
For further information, please call (845)
938-3249 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I.T.E.A. Announces Etude Competition
Once again, I.T.E.A. will sponsor an Etude competition. The competition is designed to solicit quality etude literature from composers and teachers that will advance the pedagogy of our instruments. The winning etudes will be both musically pleasing and pedagogically sound. This year’s entries should be written for Advanced Euphonium. The deadline for entries will be June 1, 2001. For more information please contact Joseph Skillen, Etude Competition Committee Chair at email@example.com or via telephone 1.225.578.2646. There will be more information on the rules, procedures, and award money posted on I.T.E.A.’s website.
Roeder Wins Concerto Competition
Scott Roeder recently won the School of Music Concerto Competition at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Scott performed the first movement of the Vaughan Williams concerto with the University of Akron Orchestra on February 15, 2001. Congratulations Scott!
White receives the Clements Memorial Prize
The last ever Clements Memorial Prize for a chamber composition has been awarded to Dr. Ian White for his piece for solo tuba and string quartet. Undertones. The Clements prize, awarded biennially, is a very prestigious award for chamber music composers.
Undertones was written by Dr. White for John Elliott. It opens with a long unaccompanied cadenza, leading directly into the first movement proper. The last movement is an Epilogue, for which the tuba is played slightly off-stage, rejoining the quartet for the last section. The tuba part is extremely virtuosic, utilizing many modem music techniques. The piece is subtitled “In Memoriam Tony Hancock”. Hancock was a much loved British comedian, who played the role of a blustering, boastful little man in a popular radio show and TV series. In real life Hancock was a very sad character, who committed suicide in a hotel while touring Australia. Dr. White’s piece captures both sides of Hancock’s personality, onstage and off.
The piece was recorded by John Elliott for Ian White’s Doctorate submission, and it is hoped that there will be a concert performance in the near future. Dr. White, who is Principal Trombonist with the London Mozart Players, as well as being a successful freelance player, has written several other pieces for brass, including the Quintet for Three Euphoniums and Two Boss Tubas, which is available from the T.U.B.A. Press. Hopefully, Undertones will also be published soon.
Submitted by John Elliot – London, England
Pokorny Presents Masterclass in Brazil
On October 7, 2000 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, tubist Gene Pokorny of the Chicago Symphony gave a tuba clinic for some 50 tuba and euphonium players. The audience consisted of professionals, semi-professionals, amateurs, teachers, and students. Mr. Pokorny talked about fundamentals of breathing, basic exercises for the tuba, the use of the CC and F tubas in North America, BB-flat and F tubas in Germany, and performance education for the orchestral repertoire. After a wonderful two-hour clinic, Mr. Pokorny was given a plaque from the Brazilian Tuba and Euphonium Association. All those who attended appreciate Mr. Pokorny – a very kind tubist and teacher.
Submitted by Donald Smith
News from David Uber
David Uber’s work for solo flute and tuba. The Giraffe and the Bear, has been recorded on a new CD entitled “Old New, Borrowed for Two, Double Play” by Amy Ridings, flute, and Patrick Sciannella, tuba. Other recordings of Uber’s music have been released in Japan, California, and Wisconsin. Uber has also received a commission from the International Trumpet Guild for a multi-trumpet Fanfare to be performed at the ITG annual conference in May 2001. Uber has received the ASCAP award for the forty-first consecutive year.
Jazz vocalist Kayle’ Brecher’s new CD, Urban Objects, was released in July 2000. Using an eclectic mix of instruments on various tracks, Brecher interprets standards and originals in a unique way. On one of two tracks using the tuba, Harry Salotti plays a duo with Brecher on the jazz classic Li’I Darlin’. This cut is receiving heavy rotation on jazz stations in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and most notably, France and Australia. French air play has been most enthusiastic and includes FIP Paris and Radio France International, both of which are featuring Li’I Darlin’ along with four other tracks from the CD. Australia is also playing those same cuts on CCBAA, a 130- station network. In the states, the CD has been added to almost three quarters of the Gavin Reporting Stations from coast to coast.
The CD is available at many locations, including: CDNow.com, Amazon.com, Tower Records, and other major internet sources. (A portion of Li’l Darlin’ can be downloaded at Amazon.com). One of the reviews of the CD contains this comment: “The album includes two cool, smooth duets. The Neil Hefti chestnut (Track 2) is a hoot, a humorous, swinging romp with Harry Salotti’s tuba.” (Todd S. Jenkins,
Summer Study Opportunities at Tanglewood
The Young Artists Orchestra, open to students ages 15 – 18, covers all aspects of instrumental performance, combining rigorous preparation of orchestral repertoire with an intensive program of chamber music study, solo masterclasses, and optional private lessons. Under conductors David Hoose (Professor at Boston University School for the Arts) and Lan Shui (Music Director of the Singapore Symphony), the Young Artists Orchestra prepares a wide variety of repertoire. In previous seasons the orchestra has performed Holst’s The Planets, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Concerts are presented on the Tanglewood Main Grounds in Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed. In addition, students receive regular chamber music coachings with artist-teachers such as Terry Everson and David Martins of Boston University, Eric Larson of the Houston Symphony, and the T’ang String Quartet, BUTI’s newly appointed quartet-in-residence. Masterclasses are given by distinguished guest artists such as Marylou Speaker Churchill, Raphael Hillyer and Roger Voisin, and students may elect to take private lessons with members of the BUTI faculty and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Students receive a full-season pass to all BSO rehearsals and performances. The 2001 session will take place from July 8 through August 18. To request a brochure and application, please call 1-800-643- 4796 or visit our website at http://www.bu.edu/tanglewood.
The Young Artists Wind Ensemble, also open to students aged 15 – 18, offers students the chance to study and perform a wide variety of wind ensemble and chamber repertoire, while taking advantage of the extensive opportunities offered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Festival. Under the direction of Frank Battisti, one of the world’s preeminent wind ensemble conductors, students prepare major works from the wind ensemble repertoire, presenting concerts in Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood Main Grounds. Daily coachings with artist-teachers such as Terry Everson, Marianne Gedigian and Scott Hartman give students the opportunity for more individual attention in chamber music repertoire. Chamber groups perform in weekly performance classes and recitals, which provide a forum for students to receive feedback from their faculty and peers. Weekly guest masterclasses with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other distinguished teachers allow students to focus on technique and repertoire specific to their instruments. Students attend BSO rehearsals, and receive a full-season pass to all BSO and Tanglewood Music Center performances. The 2001 season begins July 8 and concludes on August 4.
To request brochures and applications for both the Young Artist Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Programs, please call 1-800-643-4796 or visit our website at http://www.bu.edu/tanglewood.
Emilson retires from the State University of New York at Fredonia
C. Rudolph Emilson, retired after 32 years as Assoc. Prof, of Music in the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia. His teaching responsibilities included: studio tuba/euphonium, conducting, percussion class, conductor of brass choir, concert band, and occasionally the college orchestra. He was a founding member of the faculty brass quintet and had numerous appearances as soloist in recital, both with collegiate ensembles and as member of the faculty brass quintet.
Emilson had a careerlong collaboration with colleague Walter S. Hartley that resulted in the creation of several new works for the tuba, most notable are: Bivalve Suite (‘72), Sonorities for Tuba and Piano (‘72), Concerto for Tuba and Percussion Orchestra (‘74), 4 Miniatures for Valved Instruments (‘76) and the Soruita #2 for Tuba and Piano (‘93). With the exception of the last two works, all of these compositions were premiered by Prof. Emilson. In addition. Hartley’s Music for Brass and Percussion (‘76) was written for the Fredonia Brass Choir as a result of Emilson’s work with Walter Hartley.
Some of Prof. Emilson’s retirement pursuits include the publication of new transcriptions for solo tuba and piano, as well as arrangements for tuba quartet published by Kendor Music, Inc., of Delevan, New York.
Submitted by Peter Schoenbach
Whaley retires from Western Michigan University
Professor Robert Whaley grew up in Missouri where he started piano lessons at age 5, took up the trumpet in fourth grade and the tuba in sixth grade. Eventually he studied tuba with such eminent artists as William Bell, Arnold Jacobs, and John Hill, and conducting with James Dixon and Clayton Krebiehl. He joined the WMU faculty in 1966 when he became Western Michigan University’s first full-time professor of tuba and euphonium. That same year the Western Brass Quintet was formed, and his retirement this spring will bring the departure of that internationally acclaimed ensemble’s final founding member after 35 years.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Whaley earned his master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where he was a teaching assistant and member of the Iowa Brass Quintet. His career includes numerous solo and chamber performances, including a solo recital in New York City’s Carnegie Recital Hall which was very favorably reviewed by New York Times critic Robert Sherman, who hailed Whaley as “…a virtuoso who can maneuver his hefty instrument through an astonishing array of technical twists and turns even while he produces an extraordinarily warm, sonorous tone.”
Whaley holds the tuba position in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a soloist with that organization. In 1976, he performed at the First International Brass Congress in Montreux, Switzerland. He has conducted the Western Michigan University ” Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra and the University Brass Choirs, has been guest conductor with the Kalamazoo Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and was conductor of the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra from 1990 through 1995.
In 1976 he inaugurated an annual “OcTUBAfest” on Western’s campus, an event which features the WMU tuba/euphonium ensemble affectionately known as Whaley’s Wallers. Bob has served on the summer faculties of the New England Music Camp in Maine and WMU’s Summer Music Seminar for high school students. He was the first recipient of the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award, one of eight awards in the University funded by the Michigan State Legislature, and was also one of three WMU faculty members nominated for the National University Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
In retirement Bob plans to play a whole lot of golf, to read more physics books (he’s a die-hard Star Trek fan), and he looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Judy, and his three sons Richard, Alan, and Philip. He’s not finished with the tuba either. He plans to keep performing with the Kalamazoo Symphony, and he hopes to form that Dixieland band he’s always wanted!
Little to Retire from Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
After a much-considered decision made primarily because of family needs combined with his increased responsibilities at the University of North Texas, Donald Little has informed the management of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra that he intends to retire from the orchestra effective at the end of the 2000-2001 season. He intends to continue in his current capacity as Principal Tubist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and as Professor of Tuba at the University of North Texas. The orchestra has been a focal point in his life for almost 21 seasons. Under the current multi’year contract, the tuba position will eventually convert to full-time status, but probably not for the next season. It is Prof. Little’s hope that the orchestra will advance the tuba position to full-time status at the earliest possible time.
Submitted by David Spies
Internet Pick of the Quarter WWW.DWERDEN.COM
This quarter’s top web site choice and tuba players. The site, http://www.dwerden.com/, is managed by David Werden, former Euphonium soloist with the U.S. Coast Guard Band. The site offers an online version of Werden’s Euphonium Music Guide (a listing of all original music written for Euphonium), an online euphonium discography, wonderful links to publishers and other web resources. There are even opportunities to send Euphonium or Tuba e-post cards. Check this site out – it’s wonderful. Kudos to Dave Werden for maintaining such a great web site! -JS
Ronald Pisarkiewicz, Tubist of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, passed away suddenly on January 2nd. He was bom on December 21, 1943 in Missouri and studied at the Manhattan School of Music where his teacher was Joseph Novotny.
Mr. Pisarkiewicz was a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1971-1972, the Frankfurt Opera House Orchestra from 1972-1976 and the Hamburg State Opera from 1976-1980. He joined the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic in 1980. In 1983 he became a full member of the Vienna Philharmonic – the first U.S. American musician to attain that distinction. He also played in the Bayreuth Festspiel Orchestra in 1975 and 1976. Mr. Pisarkiewicz is survived by his wife Adele. Ron’s last performance was the famous annual Vienna New Year’s Day concert.
Sadly submitted by Robert Tucci – Munich, Germany