Tuba-Euphonium Press Update
David Miles, Tuba-Euphonium Press Editor
Tuba-Euphonium Press is proud to announce the completion of a two-year project to add graded levels of difficulty to its catalog of over 500 works. Results of this project are now posted on the press website at www.tubaeuphoniumpress.com and will be included in future versions of the printed catalog as well. As the press continues to expand, the addition of internationally accepted grade levels will assist all music teachers in the selection of appropriate music for their students. Grading will also help the press add its music to various state solo and ensemble lists, many of which are in dire need of updating in the low brass world. Criteria for assigning appropriate grades to individual works included range, rhythmic difficulty, key centers, overall length of the work, and other typical areas of consideration.
Deanna Swoboda organized a team of graders for the project, which included Velvet Brown, Ken Kroesche, Brian Meixner, Heather Noyes, and Gail Robertson. The TUBA Source Book was used as a guideline for the grading criteria, and a standard form was followed throughout the process by all graders. As the press continues to grow, new works will be graded in the same manner in order to maintain a consistent level of grade assignment throughout the entire Tuba-Euphonium Press catalog.
With the successful completion of this project, Tuba-Euphonium Press now needs your help. As loyal members of ITEA, we need you to help spread the word about the great work the press is doing. If you are directly involved with the selection of state solo and ensemble materials, or if you have influence with those that do, please consider the addition of Tuba-Euphonium Press materials to your state lists. If you are working with students of any level on a regular basis, please investigate the possibilities for augmenting your regular teaching materials with new music and studies from your organization’s publishing arm. If you are a professional who performs in public on a regular basis, add some of the exciting new works from Tuba-Euphonium Press to your regular repertory.
Finally, please remember that the press is here to serve you, ITEA members, as well as the fellowship of all low brass players throughout the world. Direct composers with new works to Tuba-Euphonium Press and encourage everyone with whom you have contact in the music world to make use of the best music resource euphonium and tuba players have for their instruments.