Euphonium: Marina Boselli, Dr. Brian Bowman, Kevin Day, Kevin Fenske, Bente Illevold, Steven Mead, and patrick nyren
Steven Mead is well known and respected by his high profile work in brass performance and pedagogy. He is Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has taught euphonium and baritone at this school since 1989. Steven also teaches at several specialist schools across Europe, and in Japan. He was given the prestigious award of Fellow of the RNCM in 2008, and is a Guest professor at Xi’An Conservatory of Music in China, at Augsburg University in Germany, and was recently appointed Artist in Residence at the Milan Conservatory.
This remarkable solo career followed on from the successes he achieved as a member of several of the UK’s leading brass bands. Nowadays he travels and performs regularly with some of the finest brass, wind and symphonic ensembles in the world.
He has played solo concerti with symphony orchestras in many countries of the world including Norway, Finland, Poland , USA, Canada, Italy, Japan, Lithuania and Germany. As a soloist he has played with most of the leading military bands in the world including Band of the Garde Republicaine (Paris, France) The Central Band of the RAF (London, UK) The Italian Police Band (Rome, Italy), The Dutch Marine Band (Rotterdam,Netherlands) The US Army Band (Washington DC, USA).
He has also given concert tours with several leading professional chamber ensembles in Europe, including Sound-Inn-Brass (Austria), Spanish Brass Quintet, Classic Quintet (Bolzano,Italy),Trombonisti Italiani (Italy) and London Brass.
To date he has given over 500 world premiere performances.
He has been described as one of the world’s most recorded solo brass artists with over 75 CDs to his credit. In addition, his strong contribution to education literature for the euphonium is unmatched, such as specialist publications by publishers such as DeHaske and Studio Music and Band Press. He is the owner of a music label, Bocchino Music which produces and distributes his albums. As an innovator for the whole low brass world in general, he has been the Artistic Director of all six of the National Tuba Euphonium Conferences, held in the UK. He was also the Artistic Director of the highly successful International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC), held in Linz, Austria in June 2012.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, Jeju, South Korea and Artistic Director of the Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School.
As a designer and instrument consultant Steven has worked with Besson for over thirty years and is proud to represent them as a performing artist. His collaboration with the Denis Wick company has resulted is several lines of personalised products and accessories. His webstore www.euphoniumstore.net is very popular with brass enthusiasts.
He has also been an adjudicator at some of the leading brass band, wind band and solo contests, including the British Open Brass Band Championships, the Scottish Open, the NABBA Championships and the Australian Brass Band Championships (2019) and now spearheads a movement to introduce more criteria-based adjudication to brass band competitions worldwide.
Marina Boselli, born in 1998, began studying euphonium at the musical middle school of Guanzate,
with the teacher Franco Arrigoni. Then she continued the course of her musical studies at the
"Teresa Ciceri" Musical High School of Como continues, under the guidance of Maestro Mauro
Ciccarese. In June 2020 she obtained the Bachelor in Euphonium Performance with 110/110 and
Honors, at the "Guido Cantelli" Conservatory of Novara, training in the class of Maestro Corrado
Colliard. She currently attends the Master in Euphonium Performance in the same conservatory
and, thanks to the Erasmus + international mobility program, will be a guest student for a semester
at the prestigious Hochschule Luzern (CH), in the euphonium class of
M° Thomas Rüedi.
Over the years she has deepened her studies through numerous masterclasses with internationally
renowned soloists and teachers such as Steven Mead, Michel Godard, Corentin Morvan, Jean-Luc
Petitprez, Philippe Fritsch, Mario Barsotti, Sébastien Stein, Ermes Giussani and Enzo Turriziani. In
addition to the study of the euphonium, she studies the serpent and the ophicleide, always under
the guidance of Maestro Colliard, also attending summer courses held by the French virtuoso
Frequently engaged in competitions, she has won several prizes including the Second Prize with
Mention in the Soloists category, at the "5th National Music Competition of the Claudio Abbado
Music School of Milan" (2015), the Second Prize of the "Special Brass Category" at 21st National
Instrumental Competition "Città di Giussano" (2016), the First Absolute Prize in the "Brass"
category of the National Arts Prize, announced by MIUR (2018), and the First Prize in the
International Music Competition "Città di Stresa" (2019).
From 2018 she performs in duo with the pianist Angelica Seminara, with whom she has several
concerts between Novara and Milan, and with whom she shared the stage in two concerts at the
prestigious "Festival dei Due Mondi" of Spoleto (62nd edition, 2019).
Founding member of the "Canaja" Brass Quintet, she participates with the brass ensemble in the
Mozart Music Marathon "Nacht und Tag" of Turin, in Rosazza as part of the "Piedicavallo Festival",
in the season of "The Concerts of the Cantelli" of the Conservatory of Novara, also exhibiting at the
Borgogna Museum of Vercelli.
For years she has been performing as a soloist, accompanied by bands or brass ensembles, in
various Italian conservatories and numerous Italian and Swiss concert halls. Starting from spring
2018 she holds the role of first solo euphonium at the award-winning Civic Philharmonic Band of
Lugano, under the baton of M° Franco Cesarini, with whom she performed in Switzerland, Italy,
Germany and Austria, and with whom she played the world première of "Symphony n ° 2, Views of
Edo", composed and directed by Maestro Franco Cesarini (2019).
She also collaborates with other wind orchestras such as the Varese's Orchestraaccademica, the
Valtellina Wind Orchestra (OFV), and the Italian Swiss Wind Orchestra (OFSI).
Active in the contemporary music scene, during the "Festival dei Due Mondi" of Spoleto she had
the honor of performing the Italian première of Homo Ludens VIII, for euphonium solo, written by
the Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Runchak. For Diverimento Ensemble participated in a concert
of the cycle "Homage to Muricio Kagel" at the "Museo del Novecento" in Milan (2019), as second
performer, in the performance of "Atem, für eine Bläser", together with the trombonist Corrado
As a composer she took part in the "Contemporary Music Week" of the "Guido Cantelli"
Conservatory of Novara, with her piece "Octologo, performance suite for two didgeridoos based on
a poem by Giacinto Scelsi" (2019).
Bente Illevold (b. 1983) comes from Rendalen in Østerdalen and plays the euphonium. Over the past few years, she has left her mark as an innovative performer and has gained recognition for her performances of several new works for the instrument, both at home and abroad. She has a master’s degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music and has performed with several of the country’s professional bands and orchestras. Bente is passionate about expanding the euphonium repertoire and allowing the instrument to unfold in new constellations and contexts, and has commissioned seven major works for the euphonium. She works daily as a freelance musician and is regularly invited as a guest teacher at the country’s educational institutions and as a soloist at international festivals. She also works as a school band conductor, and is passionate about her work with youths. Bente is the euphonium player in the Northern Lights Duo. Bente also arranges music for brass ensembles and wind bands.
Bente is an international S.E. Shires Company Euphonium artist, and was the company`s first pick as their first female and European euphonium artist. Bente performs on Shires Q41 Euphonium and mouthpieces from Doug Elliott. She also work close and cooperate with the Norwegian dealer Polar Brass.
Characterized by a virtuosic technique and a warm, rich, velvet tone, Brian Bowman’s playing has thrilled audiences for more than half of a century. His superb musicianship and dedication to fine brass playing made him one of the foremost euphonium soloists in the world. His history of euphonium “firsts” is impressive: first euphonium recital in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, 1976; first euphoniumist to serve as president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA), formerly Tubist’s Universal Brotherhood Association (TUBA); first euphonium concert tour of Japan; first Guest Euphonium Artist-Falcone International Euphonium Competition; first euphonium master class at the Paris Conservatory Superior of Music, France; Master teacher at the first Deutsche Tubaforum workshop to include the euphonium, tenor horn and baritone, Hammelburg, Germany, 1991.
Dr. Brian L. Bowman enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist and recording artist, and remains in great demand as a clinician and educator throughout the world. Dr. Bowman has held the principal euphonium position, in addition to being a featured soloist, in each of the bands he has been associated with: The University of Michigan Symphony Band, the United States Navy Band, The United States Bicentennial Band, The United States Air Force Band and the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He has performed as a soloist in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, The Virgin Islands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Tonga Taiwan, Thailand and the People’s Republic of China. He has appeared as tenor tubist with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Orchestra Symphonica of Xlapa, Mexico. He has performed concertos with the Lexington Kentucky Symphony, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony and the Madison Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his live performances, Dr. Bowman can be heard on over 35 service band recordings and his six solo albums. He has appeared as featured soloist on Iowa Public Television with the Karl King Fort Dodge Municipal band and performed with the New Sousa Band in the Wolftrap PBS television special. Perhaps it is his dedication to outstanding musical performance that makes him such an inspiring clinician and educator. He is the author of Practical Hints for Playing the Euphonium / Baritone Horn and he frequently publishes articles in professional journals. His work as a clinician and soloist at such conferences as the Mid-West International Band & Orchestra Clinic, The British Association of Symphonic Bands & Wind Ensembles and many national and international brass symposia have won him international recognition. In 1989 he was awarded the British Bandsman Magazine’s “Euphonium Player of the Year”, and in 1995 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the TUBA.
As an authority in the field of euphonium performance, Brian Bowman has been asked to serve as adjudicator of many national and international euphonium competitions over the past thirty years. He has been a member of competition juries for international professional music competitions in the United States, France and Japan. Brian Bowman has also contributed significantly to the field of euphonium instrument design and was instrumental in the development and success of the Willson euphonium, produced by the Willson Musical Instrument Company in Flums, Switzerland and distributed by Getzen. He has also been a frequent consultant for other musical instrument companies and designed a special line of Brian Bowman euphonium mouthpieces.
Dr. Bowman has contributed significantly to the body of literature available for euphonium performers today; a major thrust of his career has been working to generate quality new compositions for his beloved instrument. Many of Dr. Bowman’s accomplishments and contributions have been documented in a doctoral dissertation, “The Life and Career Contributions of Brian L. Bowman through 1991," written by Sharon Elise Huff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.
In 2010 Dr. Bowman received the Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious work in Low Brass Scholarship, at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference. In 2016 The American Bandmaster Association bestowed upon him the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation given for those who have rendered conspicuous service in the interest of Bands and Band Music in America.
Dr. Bowman retired as Regent’s Professor of Music (Euphonium) in the College of Music at The University of North Texas (UNT) in 2018 following 19 years service. Upon his retirement the Dr. Brian Bowman Euphonium Endowed Scholarship was established at UNT. Dr. Bowman believes that music is a most effective art form when used to communicate. To hear him or study with him is to know he is a powerful communicator and a master of that art form.
Kevin Fenske is a music educator and performer residing in Austin, Texas. A native of Houston, Texas, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Houston and a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He maintains a private studio of over 60 euphonium and tuba students in the greater Austin area and is frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator. Kevin is the founder and director of the Texas Low Brass Academy, a summer music camp for young low brass musicians centered around the chamber music-making experience in Houston, Texas.
As a performer, Kevin has won prizes at various regional, national, and international euphonium competitions, including the bronze medal at the 2018 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival and 1st Prize at the 2019 International Tuba Euphonium Conference Mock Military Band Audition. Notable solo and orchestral performances include collaborations with the Houston Symphony, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Band, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, University of Houston Symphony Orchestra, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Wind Ensemble, and the University of Texas Symphony Band.
In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, he is a proud alumnus of the 7-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California. He currently serves on the brass educational staff as a low brass technician for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio.
His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Kevin Day (b. 1996) is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and native of Arlington, Texas. Day is currently attending the University of Georgia working on his Master of Music in Music Composition Degree. He currently studies with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane and conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner. Day received his Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from Texas Christian University (TCU), where he studied composition with Neil Anderson-Himmelspach and Euphonium/Tuba with Richard Murrow. He has also worked with and has been mentored by distinguished composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, William Owens, Julie Giroux, Marcos Balter, Anthony Cheung, Matthew Evan Taylor, and Valerie Coleman.
A winner of the BMI Student Composer Award, Day has composed over 150 compositions and has received numerous performances across the U.S., Austria, Austraila, Taiwan, and South Africa, as well as commissions for a wide variety of new works. In 2020, his works were debuted at Carnegie Hall, as apart of the New York Wind Band Festival. He has also been a finalist for the William Revelli Composition Contest, the ASCAP Morton Gould Contest, a semi-finalist for the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Contest, and the Detroit Symphony ACO Earshot Residency. Kevin Day currently serves as the Composer-In-Residence of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra for their 2019-2021 seasons. His works are published through Murphy Music Press, Cimmaron Music, and Kevin Day Music.
(more info at www.kevindaymusic.com)
Staff Sergeant Patrick Nyren joined the United States Army Field Band in 2019 after serving almost six years in the regional Army Bands. His previous assignments include the 1st Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss, Texas, the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he served as Euphonium Instructor. Prior to joining the Army, Staff Sergeant Nyren earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Maine and Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas. His primary teachers and mentors include Dr. Brian L. Bowman, Dr. Allan Kaplan, and Michael S. Milnarik. Staff Sergeant Nyren has commissioned and debuted several new works for euphonium, most notably “Concerto for Euphonium” by Howard J. Buss, which he premiered. He is honored to be a part of such a prestigious organization as the United States Army Field Band, and is forever grateful for the love and support of his family.
tuba: Jeff Baker, Derek fenstermacher, Joanna Ross hersey, gene pokorny, Jace vickers
Derek Fenstermacher is the current Principal Tubist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he maintains principal positions with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Albany Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Fenstermacher’s first principal appointment was with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra from 2006-2014. He has also performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, and Alabama Symphony.
A native of Huntsville Alabama, Fenstermacher began playing the tuba at age 14 and by 19, he was a featured soloist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. He received a B.M. from the University of Alabama studying with Demondrae Thurman and James Michael Dunn. He then went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Timothy Northcut and was pursuing a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Houston with Mark Barton prior to joining New Jersey Symphony.
A devoted educator, Fenstermacher has been on faculty at Bard College’s Conservatory of Music since 2012. This coming Fall he will be joining the incredible faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He has also taught as Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Montclair State University and Kean University. Since 2016 he has toured nationally with Sotto Voce Quartet, an internationally acclaimed tuba and euphonium quartet, and maintains a regular touring scheduling of masterclasses and performances throughout the United States.
Fenstermacher is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and performs on B&S tubas. You can learn more about him on his website at www.dftuba.com
Dr. Jace Vickers currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at East Central University. At ECU Dr. Vickers teaches applied low brass, conducts the brass choir, basketball pep band, and Symphonic Band, and teaches music courses such as Band Literature.
An active performer and presenter, Dr. Vickers has performed as a soloist with groups such as the Colorado Symphony, the Frontier Brass Band, and the Norman Philharmonic. Dr. Vickers has performed and presented at events such as the MTNA National Conference, the OKMEA Convention, the OMTA Conference, the SCRTEC Conference, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. Dr. Vickers’ writings have appeared in publications such as the Jacques Offenbach Newsletter and New Ways in Teaching from TESOL Press.
Øystein Baadsvik is voted one of the top ten brass players in history by the listeners on Classic FM. He did the first TED talk on the topic tuba and is one of the most popular classical musicians on YouTube with more than six million views. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist and recording artist has taken him all over the world. He regularly gives master classes and clinics at major universities worldwide.
He studied under the celebrated tuba player Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, Indiana University and with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, who had a forty-year career and position of Principal Tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Øystein Baadsvik’s international career began in 1991 when he was awarded two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. At this point he had developed an amazing virtuoso technique and was very well equipped musically, to step out on the world stage.
His international engagements include performances with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Musica Vitae (Swedish Chamber Orchestra), the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne,Warsaw Philharmonic, Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, Gdansk Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Philharmonic.
Øystein Baadsvik is well known for his master classes and tuba clinics which are frequently held in numerous leading universities throughout the United States. including The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music and Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He works constantly to expand the musical aspects of the tuba, performing solo repertoire for tuba and orchestra, and collaborating with leading musicians in a wide variety of genres. This includes the Indian violinist Dr L. Subramaniam and singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, Norwegian jazz pianist Erlend Skomsvoll and the Norwegian female choir Cantus.
In all these genres, his guiding principle has been to communicate directly with his audience. His development of new tuba-playing techniques have been used in a number of more recent works for the instrument. In praise of his performance in Warsaw, the critic for the newspaper Ruch Muzyczny, said, “After listening to the concert with Baadsvik as soloist in the Tuba Concerto of Ralph Vaughan Williams with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Christopher Seaman, the reviewer wishes that pianists and violinists should study the tuba for at least one year during his education to learn where to find models for phrasing and rubato tempo.”
Øystein Baadsvik has premiered some 60 solo works by composers from the USA, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. He has added to the tuba literature with his own compositions. The most well known is Fnugg, that has become tremendously popular and is played by tuba players worldwide.
Mr. Baadsvik is an active recording artist whose CDs receive unstinting praise. His first CD on the BIS label, “Tuba Carnival”, was released in over 40 countries and became an instant hit. It is offered through the Musical Heritage Society, a premiere source of classical music recordings and is rapidly becoming a popular classic with public radio broadcasts on BBC, NPR, ABC radio in Australia, SR in Sweden and NRK in Norway as well as other radio stations in New Zealand, Poland and Germany. It was recommended by the music magazine ClassicToday as one of the six best recordings in the world for solo instrument and orchestra in 2003.The magazine said, “State of the art recorded sound caps an extremely well planned, perfectly executed recital in which humor, charm and virtuosity combine to make the best possible case for the tuba as star of the show.”
His 2006 Carnegie Hall recital debut featured the works recorded on Danzas, which is also on the BIS label. Another important recent release from BIS, is the recording of the music of Kalevi Ano, ( b. 1949), one of the leading Finnish composers of his generation. Mr. Baadsvik performs his Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jan Sandström. Germany’s Klassik.com said, “borders are redefined. Five out of five stars for interpretation and sound quality.”
Film composer John Williams said about Baadsvik’s recording of his tuba concerto: «His rendering of my concerto far surpasses anything a composer might hope for»
Note: For audio clips and further information, please visit www.baadsvik.com
Gene Pokorny has been the tuba player in the Chicago Symphony since 1989. He also held principal tuba positions in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While in Los Angeles, he played for the soundtracks of Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, and other motion pictures.
He grew up about a mile from where the Apollo command modules that first took man to the moon were built in Downey, California. He studied tuba in the Los Angeles area with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson, and Roger Bobo.
When he isn’t counting rests in the back row on stage at Orchestra Hall, he teaches at music festivals and performs solo recitals worldwide. He has recorded several solo and educational CDs, and assisted Rolling Stones trombonist Michael Davis in recording several educational workbook CDs. He received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California and an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Redlands. Currently, he lectures and teaches at Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, and the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar, which will be at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, in June of 2020.
Gene is a member of the Union Pacific (Railroad) Historical Society and spends time as a “foamer” watching and chasing trains. He is a card-carrying member of the Three Stooges Fan Club—“a victim of soicumstances!”--and is an avid enthusiast of his good friend David “Red” Lehr, the greatest Dixieland sousaphonist in the known universe. He finds passion in the music of Gerald Finzi, humility in Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot,” inspiration in listening to his fabulous colleagues on stage, and hope in all things through the Basset Hounds with whom he lives. They are always appreciative of a hug.
Jeff Baker is Associate Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Baker received music degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BM) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA). He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and taught private lessons in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex for almost 20 years.
Dr. Baker is the Principal Tuba/Cimbasso for the Dallas Opera Orchestra. As a freelance musician, he has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Winds, the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wichita Grand Opera. Dr. Baker has also been a part of over twenty recording projects on the Dallas Opera, EPR, Ft. Worth Symphony, Klavier, Mark, and Naxos labels. He has performed as a featured soloist with a variety of groups in the United States and Brazil, most notably with the US Army Orchestra (Pershing's Own) and as a concerto competition winner with the University of North Texas Symphonic Band.
In 2018, Dr. Baker received the H.M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest research honor offered by Texas A&M University-Commerce, and in 2019, he was recognized as a Global Fellow for his teaching, service, and research in South America.
Dr. Baker serves as the coordinator for the Commerce, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Allen TUBACHRISTMAS events and is the master of ceremonies for the Denton TUBACHRISTMAS. These annual holiday concerts involve over 650 tuba and euphonium players from the North Texas area and total audience numbers in the thousands. He is the creator and artistic director for the Texas Tuba Camp and a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, the International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
A native Vermonter, tuba and euphonium soloist Joanna Ross Hersey has produced two solo albums, O quam mirabilis (2010) and Zigzags (2015), featuring music by composers including Hildegard von Bingen and Libby Larson in combination with her own works. Joanna is President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a Yamaha and Parker Mouthpiece Performing Artist. As a composer, her new Fresh Faces series highlights diverse music for solo and chamber brass, available from her website. Joanna’s newest solo composition, ElevenTwelve, for solo tuba and electronics, takes soloist and audience alike on a tour of Hildegard von Bingen’s convent, through a map presented as a graphic score. As a member of the Alchemy Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, Joanna performs throughout North America and Europe and can be heard on the group’s recordings Village Dances and Prelude and Groove. For sixteen years Alchemy has been in residence each February at the Horn-Tuba Workshop in Jever, Germany where the group performs recitals, gives master-classes and conducts ensembles. Joanna studied with Dan Perantoni at Arizona State University, received a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Chester Schmitz, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the Hartt School. Beginning her career as Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band, Joanna performed throughout the country as a soloist and clinician after winning the position at the age of nineteen. Joanna has played for three U.S. Presidents, performed at numerous state functions for visiting dignitaries, and has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America. In her freelance career she has performed with artists including Placido Domingo, Roberta Flack, Marilyn Horne, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Bolton, Lee Greenwood, Arturo Sandoval and Jack Nicholson. In collaboration with Parker Mouthpieces, Joanna has debuted the Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece, featuring a three component stainless steel design. Joanna’s research interests focus on brass history and women in 20th Century American music, and her work has been published in the International Tuba Euphonium Journal, the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter, the Historic Brass Society Journal, the North Carolina Music Educator’s Journal and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Joanna has also contributed chapters to three books, Bands of Sisters: U.S. Military Bands During World War II, Women’s Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender, and An Early History of Music Education in Universities: The Normal School Years. PRAISE FOR JOANNA’S SOLO ALBUM ZIGZAGS... “It is quite fascinating to hear the swirling textures, tuba riffs and pedal notes, as well as blending of analog and digital sounds... it has something of everything including extreme range, tricky rhythms and intervals, multiphonics, and other extended techniques. The entire album is quite different from what we would call mainstream tuba recordings. The original tuba and electronics work, a major unaccompanied tuba work all juxtaposed with Hildegard von Bingen, herself a musical visionary, sets this recording apart from anything else. Brava!” Dr. Mark Nelson, International Tuba Euphonium Journal, Summer 2015
Trombone: Joseph Alessi, Dr. Justin Cook, Joe dixon, Natalie Mannix, jeremy wilson, brian hecht
Oct 10th 2pm
Brian Hecht, a native of Dallas, Texas, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombone in September 2013. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Hecht held the bass trombone position with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
He has performed with other major ensembles throughout his career including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Simon Rattle), San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, and the Kennedy Center Ballet.
Brian has been a featured soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. "Pershing's Own" Army Band and Orchestra, the Armed Forces Octet at ITF 2018, Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, STS Professor's Choir, University of Texas Trombone Choir, University of Georgia Trombone Choir, University of Central Arkansas Trombone Choir, Texas State University Trombone Choir, Penn State Trombone Choir, and the Georgia Brass Band. He can be heard on several of the U.S. Navy Band's CD’s and DVD’s as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's CD's "Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem" (found here) and "Christopher Theofanidis' Creation/Creator" (found here).
He has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including first prize at the 2009 Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, 2009 Edwards Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition, and the ETW’s 2009 Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he was a finalist in three major international competitions in 2009 including the ITA’s Edward Kleinhammer Competition, the Donald Yaxley Competition, and the International Trombone Quartet Competition.
Brian received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, and Peter Ellefson. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. Other influential teachers include Jon Bohls of the Dallas Metroplex area and Charles Villarrubia at UT-Austin.
Brian has been a regular Guest Artist/Faculty at the Southeast Trombone Symposium since 2014. Most recently he was a Featured Artist at the 2019 Hungarian Trombone Bootcamp in Budapest, Hungary. In addition, he has been a Featured Artist at the International Trombone Festival, Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (Jeju, South Korea), Korea Trombone Symposium (Seoul, South Korea), Jinbao International Music Festival (Tianjin, China), Festival of Trombones (Dallas, TX) and the American Trombone Workshop (Washington, D.C.) .
He plays the S. E. Shires "Lone Star" model exclusively.
Natalie Mannix is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position at the University of North Texas after teaching eight years at Towson University in Baltimore and playing principal trombone in the Delaware Symphony for 14 years. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. for over nine years where she performed with the brass quintet and concert and ceremonial bands.
Dr. Mannix has appeared as guest artist and clinician at colleges and conferences throughout North America, including the 2018, 2016 and 2013 International Trombone Festival, International Women’s Brass Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and American Trombone Workshop. She has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Washington Opera and Kennedy Center orchestras, Washington Trombone Ensemble, Monarch Brass, Stiletto Brass and several regional orchestras and brass ensembles. A new music advocate, she has commissioned several works for trombone and continues to perform and promote music by emerging composers.
Her recent recordings include a solo album, Breaking Ground: A Celebration of Women Composers, and chamber music CDs: And If All Were Dark with Dave Taylor and the Washington Trombone Ensemble, Mozart Requiem with the Dallas Chamber Choir and Orchestra, the Grammy nominated Interchange: Concertos by Rodrigo and Assad with the Delaware Symphony and the LA Guitar Quartet, and Shadowcatcher: Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion.
An avid brass pedagogue Natalie has adjudicated international solo and ensemble competitions and serves on the Board of Advisors and as chair of the Competition Committee for the International Trombone Association and on the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Brass Conference.
Natalie received her degrees from the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School and her doctor of musical arts degree from Catholic University. She is a performing artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.