Student Advisory Committee Corner By Molly Hazelwood
The International Tuba-Euphonium Association has created a student committee to promote the association and to realize opportunities for students to become more involved in the organization. This committee’s goals are to find channels of communication for tuba and euphonium students, as well as to seek out venues for discovering the possibilities for a future in the tubal euphonium world. Being the first such unit of its kind in any instrumental organization, the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) has set many goals. All of the guidelines we have established for the committee are intended to increase student participation within the association. We are also hoping to reach students from a variety of age and interest levels.
The committee is comprised of tuba and euphonium students from different levels of study. The chair of the committee is Kelly Biese, who graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, where she studied with Dr. Sharon Huff. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in both Music Education and Euphonium Performance at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she studies with Velvet Brown. Jay Walton is a junior Music Education major at West Virginia University where he plays tuba in the Wind Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra. Joe Darr is a junior tuba per formance major at the University of Denver. Jason Whitaker is a junior music education major at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he studies tuba with Kyle Turner of the New York Philharmonic. Sarah Knapp is a high school junior at Friends School in Baltimore, Maryland where she plays tuba with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra. Molly Hazelwood is a high school senior in High Point, North Carolina. While Molly is still uncertain what college he will attend next year, she is positive she will be studying Music Education. The [TEA advi or ~ r th committ e i Dr. Mary Ann raig, President-Elect of ITEA.
The committee has already begun work on a number of its goals. One of the major goals is to create an atmosphere wherein students may express their ideas and suggestions and even share record ings! We hope to work in conjunction with the lTEA web master to create a space that will allow students to share and download recordings of recitals and performances. This will allow students to become more aware of the rising talent level in music performance and share ideas for creative expression. Another of our goals is to design a listServe for ongoing communication regarding books, articles, recordings, activities of student members, and information on related web links.
Members of the committee distributed a survey at the annual U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in January of 2002. The results of this survey are intended to establish the interests of current and potential student members of lTEA and will hopefully allow us to adapt to the needs of student musicians. Again, we hope to boost involvement by organizing resources and activities directed toward students.
One of the most exciting upcoming events for the SAC is a student-hosted session this spring at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Greensboro, North C arolina. As a co mmittee, we believe one of the most important questions facing young tuba and euphonium players is , “What will I do after graduation?” Therefore, we are planning to invite several guest speakers to discuss the possibilities for professional and amateur tuba and euphonium players: We will take a look at opportunities in music education, college employment and assistantships, military band positions, and general community involvement. The committee feels this session will help students become more aware of their options as a musician as they progress through high school and into college. We have already begun contacting potential guest speakers, and we are very excited about the upcoming session.
The committee is enthusiastic about accomplishing the goals we’ve set forth and the results that will surely follow. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact the committee via email at HYPERLINK “mail to: ITEASAC@ hotmail.com.” We look forward to hearing from you!