The International Euphonium Institute 2006 Debrief
by Adam Frey
It has been three incredible years, and I first must thank all the participants that have attended IEI both this year and also all three years. It is great to see everyone again and hear how much they have improved. I am grateful that IEI has nearly tripled in size in such a short time. I know it is a testament to the incredible artists and staff brought together to have fun, play music, and inspire musicians.
Adam Frey and Tormod Flaten
This year’s international guest, Tormod Flaten, was paired with myself, Brian Bowman, Steve Call, Jeff Nelsen, Tom Gibson, Michael Moore, Kevin Wass, and the hard working and young talents of Martin Cochran, Mark Carlson, Ryan Black, and Chris Buckley who served as Teaching Assistants, and the big helpers, Karen Mullins and Janet Frey. With 44 participants, we had people from all over the United States as well as Jiri van der Kaay from Holland and Lucas Fernandez from Columbia (unfortunately after being awarded a full scholarship to attend this years IEI, his visa was not granted a few days before the camp started. But we hope to have him next year!). The participants worked hard all week, and I had a great time meeting all the new people and of course working with the regulars of IEI!
Certainly some highlights for me this year included the fabulous playing and shopping skills of Tormod (things are much less expensive in the U.S.), hearing Dr. Brian Bowman perform and teach and enjoying ice cream together, Dr. Call motivating me to improvise, winning the water balloon toss with Mark Carlson, working with the young students, and seeing them progress daily in their enthusiasm and desire to please the teaching staff. Lastly, most certainly conducting the “Adagio” from Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saens with the massed ensemble of more than 45 euphoniums and tubas together with the new 2 million dollar organ that was recently completed at Emory University was a personal joy. A special thanks goes to those performers for making that most memorable, and the picture from this performance resides in my great new picture frame!
We also had a number of new premieres of fanfares, arrangements, and compositions. The week was memorable as always and thanks to all those involved for making it an inspiration week for me.
~Adam Frey, IEI Host
Adam conducting the IEI Massed Ensemble
I was very excited to hear that Tormod Flaten was the international guest artist for IEI 2006, and he certainly did not disappoint. My lesson with Tormod was terrific; we focused on one piece, and I can truly say that I understood it a lot better after working with him. His insights into euphonium literature proved invaluable throughout the week in his master classes, and it was particularly interesting to hear his ideas about Scandinavian music. Tormod’s solo performances were solid and fun to listen to, due to his diverse repertoire choices. It was great to hear a live, virtuosic performance of Gordon Jacob’s Fantasia , a piece many young students have heard or played. Then at the end of the week we were treated to Vallflickans Dans , which made us run screaming for the practice rooms to work on multiple tonguing. Tormod was very approachable and had no problem mingling with the students and talking about anything from band excerpts to the World Cup tournament to where to buy Polo shirts in Atlanta.
I was really glad that I got to meet him and work with him!
~ Jamie Lipton – DMA Candidate, University of North Texas; 2007 Falcone Competition Winner; 2007 ITEC Euphonium Artist Competition Winner
On the Gala Concert, Adam, Tormod, and John Caputo performed Melody Shop
It was with some trepidation that I signed up and paid my money for the International Euphonium Institute. You see, I am an amateur player, and I do own an AARP card. I had met Adam Frey several years earlier when I co-hosted the Northwest Big Brass Bash in Boise where he was one of the featured soloists and clinicians. With that experience in mind I knew that whatever he put on would be of the utmost quality and the perfect opportunity to pick up some pointers to improve my playing. My questions though were whether I played well enough and was I going to be the only adult there?
There were 44 of us there this past summer, and it was the best experience on improving my playing and musicianship I have encountered. There were actually four of us there over 30, and we bonded right away. The collection of young artists from 13 years of age through their 20s were a delight to be around. It was truly inspiring to be surrounded by the stars of tomorrow in the euphonium and tuba world. They were open, friendly, helpful, and became true friends. Many of them were “power” players, and I was so awestruck by their playing ability. I have never in my life been around so many terrific euphonium players.
The week consisted of clinics, many playing opportunities within ensembles and quartets, master classes, concerts and recitals, and private lessons. I had the great fortune to be able to take a lesson from an icon of the euphonium world, Dr. Brian Bowman. In a span of 45 minutes he gave me the tools to fix some of the bad habits I had formed in my own playing. Dr. Steve Call, from BYU, gave a rocking workshop on how to play jazz, and I actually was successful in my first attempt to solo in a blues song. There were many more clinicians and artists that carried us to new heights in our techniques. I can’t wait until next year. Hope to see you there!
~ Mary E.L. Baker, M.Ed.; Academic/Personal/Career/College Counselor, Boise, ID
Brian Bowman in a master class with Martin Cochran
Each year the International Euphonium Institute gets better and better, adding new possibilities for furthering education in music making. The abilities of the participants at the IEI keeps increasing from year to year as does the thirst for knowledge from Adam Frey and the numerous guest artists that he brings. Besides euphonium players, Adam brought in musicians who played other instruments such as Charae Krueger, cellist from the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Jeff Nelsen, former horn player for the Canadian Brass and Yamaha performing artist.
Dr. Brian Bowman enjoying a moment of free time to visit with IEI Participants and partake of some ice cream
There was a great master class entitled “Fearless Audition,” presented by Jeff Nelsen who worked with two people on performance anxiety and playing your best in a performance situation. There were no pieces premiered by the students this year, but Adam premiered four pieces in his solo recital which included a Beethoven Trio transcribed for trumpet, horn, and euphonium, Fantasie Originale accompanied by brass quintet, Anthony Plog’s solo with piano Three Songs , and Sparke’s Harlequin . This year’s jazz was provided by Steve Call and a group of his students from BYU in a Dixieland combo, who also participated in the whole IEI experience. The Alpharetta outreach concert went off with a huge bang including 45+ members in a massed ensemble and also some of the smaller groups playing. I have left out a huge chunk of other events that range from master classes and concerts to social events, but one can be assured that the IEI is growing into the biggest euphonium event in the south and will improve each year.
~Ryan Douglas Black,graduate assistant at the University of Alabama
The IEI 2007 Teaching Assistants: (L–R) Martin Cochran, Ryan Black, Mark Carlson, and Chris Buckley
“The International Artist Perspective”
I felt honored and privileged to be invited as the International Guest Artist for the International Euphonium Institute 2006. Adam and I go many years back as we’ve spent lots of time together at ITECs and at Brass Band competitions in Europe, and I’ve followed the development of IEI with great interest. Adam has proved not only to be a splendid exponent for the euphonium but also a great organizer and groundbreaker in the fields of music publishing and CD production. In IEI he has, in my opinion, combined the best elements from euphonium conferences and band camps: a high artistic and musical level in top class concerts with world-known artists, combined with the active participation and education of the students.
The IEI Massed Ensemble with the Jaeckel, Op. 45 Organ at Emory
I had a great week at IEI. I met some old friends, and made a whole bunch of new friends and relations. I enjoyed soloing in three very different concerts and had first class accompaniments from the likes of Janice Wong and Mitsuru Saito on piano, the Georgia Brass Band, and the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve. The beautiful venue at Emory University is of a very high standard and suits the event quite perfectly. I enjoyed the French horn and cello master classes in particular as I believe it’s very fruitful to exchange knowledge and ideas between different instruments. I taught around 15 students during the week, and it was a joy to experience the high level and to give some ideas for further improvement.
I recommend all euphonium players that wish to develop their own playing and to have fun at the same time to spend a week at IEI! You’ll play, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll learn. I shall follow the growth of IEI closely in the years to come and I hope to come back at a later stage. Thanks for inviting me and congratulations on a successful music festival!
~Tormod Flaten, International Soloist
Brett and Tim are from Wisconsin!
“The One Sentence Summary”
The IEI continues to be THE one-stop shop for euphonium players of all ages: artists and students from the U.S. and abroad converge for a week of music making and celebrating the many facets of the euphonium.
~Mark Carlson, DMA Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Each year of IEI, I have thought it could not get any better, but the great attitudes and skills of the next year’s participants have made it improve. It challenges me to be innovative in how it grows, and I look forward to those challenges.
Lastly, my thanks to the performers and staff, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Reserve, the Georgia Brass Band, and, of course, our sponsors that make it all possible: Yamaha, Besson, Miraphone, Woodwind and Brasswind, Willson, and Meinl Weston.
I hope many of you will consider taking part in IEI 2007, June 10–16. I have more exciting things in the works and as always there will be information at www.euphonium.com for those interested.
~ Adam Frey
The IEI ensemble 45+ strong!