Euphonium guest artists
mauro martins - february 6th 2pm US central time
HÉlÈne Escriva - February 20th 2pm us central time
Mauro Martins is a young portuguese musician, born in Switzerland in 1995, for whom music, since the age of 10, has been a motivation that has become a way of life that gives happiness and fulfillment.
He had his first contact and passion for music in a Philharmonic Band like most of the wind instrument players in Portugal. At the age of 15, convinced of his professional options, he joined EPABI – Professional Arts of School of Covilhã, Portugal, where he completed the Basic Instrument Course (2010-2013) and later the Professional Winds and Percussion Instrumental Course (2013-2016), in the euphonium class, having worked with teachers like Nuno Machado, Ricardo Antão and Luís Oliveira among others. His career at school was marked by two factors: persistence in his daily work, methodical, organized and focused, and his academic success as a consequence of the first. In the two tests of professional aptitude carried out, of level II (9th grade) and level IV (12º grade), the performance of Mauro achieved the maximum classification of the evaluation system. In 2016, he is admitted to ESMAE - School of Music and Performing Arts (Porto, Portugal), in the class of Professor Sérgio Carolino and Ricardo Antão.
Hélène Escriva began the euphonium at the age of 6 at the CRD du Tarn. A few years later, she joined the Toulouse CRR and in 2011 obtained the first prize with excellent honors unanimously with the congratulations of the jury. Since 2012, she has continued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris in the class of Philippe Fritsch and Jean-Luc Petitprez. In 2015, she obtained her DNSPM mention very well unanimously with the congratulations of the jury. At the age of 18, she won the gold medal of the European Competition of Young Soloists in Luxembourg and twice the first prizes of the National Tuba-Euphonium-Saxhorn Competition in Tours in 2011 and 2013 in the Prestige category, as well as as the 2nd prize in the Competition now Concours international de Tours in 2015. Hélène Escriva has been a laureate of the Yamaha Foundation and the Meyer Foundation since 2015. She also performs in recital on multiple occasions with Célia Oneto Bensaid, on euphonium but also on bass trumpet (of which she has been a specialist since 2013) at the Fundazione di Milano (Italy), Jeunes Talents, Festi'Cuivres, Epsival , Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira (Spain), Unusual Brass Festival in Mayenne ... She takes part in prestigious festivals such as the Calenzana Festival (Corsica), Passe ton Bach first, La Chaise Dieu, or the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland) with the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris. In 2013, she was chosen to join the Academy of the Orchester Français des Jeunes on euphonium and bass trumpet and also works with prestigious orchestras such as the Orchester national du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchester de l ' Opéra national de Paris, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Orchester de l'Opéra de Lorraine, the Frivolités Parisiennes, the Orchester Pasdeloup, or the Orchester de Franche Comté / Opéra de Rouen on bass trumpet. She works with chefs such as Tugan Sokhiev, Philippe Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Mikko Franck, Cornelius Meister, Dirk Brosse, Jean-François Verdier ...She is also in demand as a teacher of euphonium during master-classes (Epsival 2013, Festival d'Alzira 2015-Spain) and she is professor of euphonium / saxhorn / tuba at the Conservatory of the 7th arrondissement of Paris since 2015. Hélène is part of this young generation of curious and dynamic tubists who wish to give pride of place to euphonium, saxhorn and bass trumpet through ensemble music. She is at the origin of various projects including the Saxback Ensemble and the Trio Bêtes et Bluettes which aim to encourage the creation of a new repertoire.
Hiram diaz - February 13th 2pm US Central time
Hiram Diaz is a euphoniumist, trombonist, vocalist and music educator. A second generation Cuban American, he grew up in Miami, surrounded by rich expressions of Latin-American art. He studied at Miami’s New World School of the Arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas. His teachers include Dr. Brian Bowman, Tim Northcut, Jay Bertolet and Lee Rogers. Throughout his education, he has received many honors, including winning the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference Artist Euphonium Competition in 2008. As a euphonium soloist, Hiram has performed throughout the United States and abroad. He recently performed Kevin Day's new Concerto for Euphonium and Band with "Pershing's Own" US Army Band at the 2020 Tuba and Euphonium Workshop. He has also performed regularly on euphonium, trombone, and bass trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestras. Since 2012, Hiram has served proudly in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
david childs - march 6th 2pm US Central time
The grandson and son of well-respected euphonium players from the Welsh Valleys, and himself described by The Observer as ‘a great ambassador for the euphonium, possessing an astonishing technique and an engaging stage presence’, David Childs is regarded as one of the finest brass musicians of his generation, touring extensively throughout Asia, continental Europe, and North America. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC, Manchester and RTÉ Concert orchestras, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh National Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many of the finest brass bands and military bands in both the UK and USA. He has made solo appearances at the Singapore International Festival, Harrogate International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Melbourne International Festival, BBC Proms and New York Festival, given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall, and performed concertos at the Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall New York.
A keen advocate of new music, Childs has premièred fifteen concertos for euphonium including a Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms broadcast of Alun Hoddinott’s, Sunne Rising - The King Will Ride, a Carnegie Hall US première of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, a UK premiere of Christian Lindberg’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra directed by the composer and a Welsh Proms world première of Paul Mealor’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra. During his career as a euphonium soloist, Childs has received many awards in recognition of his achievements, including: Arts Council Wales Creative Wales Award; Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal Award; Welsh Music Guild’s Leo Abse & Cohen Award; Harry Mortimer Trust Award; RNCM Principal’s Gold Medal Award; Making Music’s Dorothy Green Award; Musicians Benevolent's Sir Charles Leggett Award; Countess of Munster Star Award, and many more. He has also received several accolades as a recording artist, including an ITEA Roger Bobo Excellence in Recording Award, and can be heard on several labels including EMI, Deutsche Gramophone, Chandos, Doyen and World of Sound.
A proud product of the British brass band movement, Childs is a former member of several ensembles including the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, Brighouse and Rastrick, and Cory Band with whom he was Principal Euphonium for ten years under the baton of his father, Robert Childs.
Having taught at both the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in 2018 Childs was appointed Professor of Euphonium at the University of North Texas. He is a founding member of Eminence Brass, Principal Conductor of Dallas Brass Band and Editor of the Brass Band World Magazine and as a Buffet Crampon Besson Artist he continues to showcase the euphonium as a serious solo vehicle within the world of classical music.
trombone guest artists
megumi kanda - february 6th 2pm us Central time
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2002, is an internationally acclaimed performer, teacher, and author.
Megumi has performed as a soloist across the United States, Europe and Asia, including with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Pershing’s Own Army Band, the US Army Field Band, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. She has commissioned and/or premiered works of numerous composers, including those of Amy Riebs Mills, Bruce Stark, and Geoffrey Gordon. She has been a featured guest artist at numerous trombone workshops and festivals, including the International Trombone Festival and the American Trombone Workshop.
Megumi has appeared as guest faculty at numerous music institutions, including the New World Symphony, National Youth Orchestra, and Interlochen Arts Academy, and has given master classes and recitals at many colleges and conservatories across the US and Japan.
In April 2006, Megumi was recognized by the Arion Foundation in Tokyo, Japan as one of the most influential Japanese classical artists. She has also received a Certificate of Commendation from the Consul General of Japan at Chicago in recognition for distinguished service contributing to the friendship between the United States and Japan. Megumi was named a 2017 Woman of Influence in the category of education by the Milwaukee Business Journal. In 2020, she was named the recipient of the International Trombone Association Award, which recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic output.
Megumi’s first book, The One Hundred, a collection of orchestral trombone excerpts with accompanying commentary, was published in August 2015 and is a resource widely used by aspiring young trombonists around the world. Her second book, Trombone Unlimited, a comprehensive method book, was published in 2020.
As a JVC/Victor Entertainment artist, Megumi has recorded three solo albums: Amazing Grace, Gloria, and Mona Lisa. She also can be heard on Magnifique Live, a live recording of Megumi and other JVC artists in the August 2005 performance at Takemitsu Hall in Tokyo’s Opera City.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Megumi began to play the trombone at age ten and continued her studies at the prestigious Toho High School of Music, where she studied with Sumio Miwa, formerly of the NHK Symphony. At age fifteen, she became the youngest player ever to be named as one of the top ten trombonists at the Japanese Wind and Percussion Competition. Two years later she won the Grand Prize in the National Competition for Solo Trombone and won best soloist prize upon graduation from the Toho High School of Music.
Megumi came to the United States in 1994, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with James DeSano, former Principal Trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony she served as Principal Trombonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division.
Megumi is proud to be a Greenhoe clinician and performs on a Greenhoe trombone.
An avid gardener, Megumi was chosen to participate in the 2013 Garden Tour in Shorewood, WI. She also enjoys going to Milwaukee Brewers games and taking walks with her husband Dietrich Hemann and sons Hans, Max and Lukas.
martin mccain - february 20th 2pm central time
Bass trombonist Martin McCain’s career spans an impressive range of musical genres. He is a four-time winner of the Global Music Awards and was featured as their “Emerging Artist” in Billboard magazine. A third-generation musician, Martin maintains a versatile performance schedule as a soloist, recording artist, chamber, orchestral, jazz/commercial musician and educator. With performances described as "solid and masterful," (International Trombone Association Journal) with a “warm and beautiful,” tone (Glissando Magazine).
McCain’s international recital credits include concerts at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Mahidol University in (Thailand), the Zagreb Academy of Music in (Croatia), and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His performances and arrangements have been broadcast on CKWR Toronto, Radio Television Hong Kong, and NPR's "Performance Today."
As a recording artist, Martin has released three CDs, Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures Recorded Live! (2012), Shades (2014) and Trombone Czar: The Extended Version (2015). As a soloist, Martin has performed with the Croatian Army Wind Band, United States Army Concert Band "Pershing's Own" and the United States Army Brass Quintet. And as an orchestral player, he has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Martin is an Artist/Teacher of Trombone and the youngest faculty member to hold the rank of full professor at Texas State University. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Martin has spent summers on the faculty of the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy), the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival, the SliderAsia Music Festival (Hong Kong) and the English Brass Academy (Croatia).
Martin McCain is a performing artist for S.E. Shires, Reunion Blues Gig Bags and plays on the "McCain" signature mouthpiece series manufactured by Pickett Brass. In his spare time, Martin is an avid BBQ pitmaster and sports enthusiast.
Dr. natalie mannix - February 13th 2pm us central time
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.
tony baker - march 6th 2pm us central time
Considered one of the finest trombonists of his generation, Tony Baker is currently a faculty member at the University of North Texas College of Music. Previously, Mr. Baker served as assistant professor of trombone at Ohio University and as visiting assistant professor of trombone and euphonium at Kent State University. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and the University of Central Arkansas. Mr. Baker's professional experience is as varied as it is substantial. Currently a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, he has performed with ensembles such as the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and the Dallas, Richardson, Columbus, Akron, Arkansas, and Duluth-Superior symphony orchestras.
As a soloist, Mr. Baker has established an international reputation. Mr. Baker was a soloist at the 2007 International Trombone Festival in Birmingham, UK and was a guest recitalist that same year at the Wey Valley International Concert Series in Weymouth, UK. In 2000 Mr. Baker was a soloist at the Grindavik Cultural Festival in Iceland, an event held in conjunction with the Reykjavik Cultural Festival. He was also a soloist at the 2000 Festival International D'Art Lyrique, held in Aix-en-Provence, France. This is an annual music festival hosted by the Academie Européenne de Musique in conjunction with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Ensembles with which Mr. Baker has performed as a soloist include the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Ohio Valley Symphony, University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Ohio University Wind Ensemble, University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble, trombone choirs of the University of North Texas, University of Central Arkansas and Morehead State University (KY), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Wind Symphony, and Ouachita Baptist University Wind Ensemble (AR). Mr. Baker has given guest recitals and/or master classes at schools such as the Federal University of São João (Brazil), Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, Trinity College of Music in London, University of Arkansas, Humboldt State University (CA), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Kentucky, University of Central Arkansas, Murray State University (KY), University of Texas at San Antonio, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Ouachita Baptist University. In February 1996, Professor Baker was invited to perform Luciano Berio'sSequenza V at the 1996 Music of Luciano Berio Symposium at the University of North Texas. He was also one of eight invited participants at the 1994 Christian Lindberg Solo Workshop. He has appeared as a clinician and performer at the 1998 University of Illinois Trombone Camp, the 1998 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference and at the 2003 regional International Tuba/Euphonium Conference. In 2001 Baker was a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee and was a guest clinician at the 2003 International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland. In May 2002, Mr. Baker hosted the 2002 International Trombone Festival at the University of North Texas. This festival has been widely recognized as the largest and most successful in the history of this event.
Mr. Baker’s chamber music experience includes past memberships of the Kent Brass Quintet and OhioBrass, of which he was a founding member. He was also a member of the Appalachian Trombone Quartet. Mr. Baker performed with this ensemble on two tours of the Midwestern United States and on a 2001 tour of the United Kingdom. Mr. Baker currently is a member of the University of North Texas Faculty Brass.
As a jazz musician Mr. Baker has performed with groups such as the Woody Herman Band and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He has also performed on stage with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Steve Turre, Terry Gibbs, John Fedchock, Chris Vadala, and Jiggs Whigham. As a jazz clinician, Mr. Baker is on the faculty of summer jazz workshops at the University of North Texas and Northwest College in Cody, Wyoming. Mr. Baker is a regular faculty member of the University of North Texas Trumpet and Trombone Workshop, University of North Texas Combo Workshop, and Yellowstone Jazz Camps. He was also a guest artist at the 2002 Redbud Jazz Festival and the 1999 Capital University Jazz Week. Mr. Baker served as the All-State Conductor of the 2004-2005 Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Baker has recorded with the Sounds of Blackness and can be heard with this group on their Grammy-nominated compact disc, Time for Healing. From October 1997 to April 2000 Baker was lead trombonist of the Columbus-based professional big band Jazz-to-Go. The recipient of many prizes and awards, Mr. Baker's honors include a first place in Brass Performance in the 1991 Music Teachers National Association Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist National Competition.
tuba guest artists
Avital Handler - February 6th 2pm us central time
Pablo FernÁnDez- February 13th 2pm us central time
AVITAL HANDLER is the principal tuba player of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, which is the orchestra in residence of the Israel Opera. She assumed the position starting from the 2001-2002 season. Ms Handler has performed in many countries with the Opera- Finland, Germany, Italy and more.
Ms. Handler is on the fn aculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Levinsky College of Education and the Israel Conservatory of Music and the Israel conservatory of Music
Ms. Handler has been a very active member of the Brass Chamber scene in Israel- she was a member of the Israel Brass Quintet for 15 years. She is the founder of the Tel-aviv tuba duo and has brought important tuba soloists to Israel (Roger Bobo, Oren Marshall and Beth Mitchell) for concerts and master classes. Furthermore, Ms. Handler performed in the prestigious Bashkirova Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem.
Ms. Handler released her first solo disc in 2014- "Tuba in the City" which has had great success both nationally and internationally. She is in the process of releasing her second solo disc.
She has performed as a soloist with the Rishon Lezion Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Holon Bama Orchestra, The Tel-aviv Soloists ensemble and the Ariel chamber Orchestra. Moreover, Handler has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Symphony, The Raanana Symphonette and the PMF festival orchestra. Handler performed her mandatory army service in the prestigious Israel Army Band.
Ms. Handler received international and national recognition, winning prizes at different festivals. Furthermore, as a member of the Israel Brass Quintet, Ms. Handler was awarded several prizes at a renowned Jewish Music Festival in Holland. Handler received many scholarships from the Israel-America Cultural Foundation, the New-York city Foundation for the Arts and full scholarships towards both of her university degrees.
Ms. Handler completed her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan school. She completed both degrees with the highest honors; Summa Com Laude.
In 2018 she released a disc with Israel Tuba Duo, "Tubalicious". She has given masterclasses and tours world wide including Albania, Madrid, Holland, the USA and more.
Ms. Handler is a Arresonance Mouthpiece Artist and was a Kanstul Perfoming Artist.
Avital loves a good game of tennis and bike riding. She divides her time between her two loves- the tuba and her family, who always remind her of the joys of life
Pablo M. Fernández Garcia is the Principal Tuba of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) since 1994, Professor of Tuba, Euphonium, Specific Instrumental Repertoire and Chamber Music at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia (Spain) since 2001 and founding member of the Spanish Tuba Quartet (STQ). He will be Tuba teacher at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (Denmark) from the academic year 2021-22. Pablo Fernández also works frequently as a visiting professor, giving lectures and recitals throughout Europe.
He has given numerous concerts around the world, touring in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Romania, the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Slovenia, Denmark, Japan and China; performing in renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall (New York), The Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Musikverein (Vienna) or the Royal Albert Hall (London). In April 2001 he premiered the "Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra" by the composer Pere Josep Puértolas, during the season 2000-01 of the Barcelona Symphony Orquestra, under the direction of its principal
conductor, Lawrence Foster.
Pablo M. Fernández Garcia also performed with other orchestras like the A a rhu s Sym f oni o r ke s t e r, M ad rid Symph ony O r ch e s t ra , A alb o rg Symfoniorkestert, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine among others; as well as with renowned conductors and soloists such as Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Joshua Bell, Montserrat Caballé,
Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Dmitri Kitajenko, Gidon Kremer, Misha Maisky, Shlomo Mintz, Eva Pwodles, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Pinchas Zukerman and many others.
During the International Conference ITEC 2012, held at the "Brucknerhaus" in Linz (Austria), he was part of the jury of the International Tuba Competition. In July 2014 he was the host of the “AETYB Festival Barcelona 2014", the first national meeting in the history of the tuba and euphonium in Spain, organized by the Spanish Association of Tubas and Euphoniums (AETYB). In November 2016 he was part of the jury of the International Tuba Competition "Città di
Porcia" (Italy), and in May 2019 he was part of the jury of the International Tuba Competition held at the University of Iowa (USA) within the ITEC 2019 International Conference.
Since 2010 Pablo Fernández is a Miraphone performing artist. He plays on a Miraphone F Tuba 481 “Elektra”.
Zach Marley - February 20th 2pm us central time
Zach Marley is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a freelance low brass artist and teacher. Equally versed on all low brass instruments, Zach has been very successful in international competitions on multiple instruments. He was awarded second prize in the prestigious Leonard Falcone Artist Tuba competition in 2015 and 2016. During the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2016, Zach was a semifinalist in the Artist Tuba competition and was awarded second prize in the Rich Matteson Jazz competition in which he played euphonium. At the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference Zach won first prize on euphonium, second prize on tuba and third in the overall instrument round.
While an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas, Zach performed with the Symphony Orchestra on tuba and the Two O’clock Lab Band on trombone. Before graduating with a double major in Music Performance and Jazz Studies, Zach was voted most outstanding undergraduate brass student by the entire brass faculty. During his master’s degree at Northwestern University Zach performed with the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra on lead trombone and Symphonic Wind Ensemble on both tuba and euphonium.
Zach has had the pleasure of performing with many great artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Andy Martin, Roger Ingram, Brian MacDonald, Marshall Gilkes, Jiggs Whigham, John Fedchock, Denis DiBlasio, Gordon Goodwin, Tom “Bones” Malone, Eugene Rousseau, Sal Lozano, Bernard Wright, Peter Erskine and John Clayton.
An active teacher as well as performer, Zach has a studio of tuba, trombone and euphonium students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Zach has also given masterclasses at both the high school and university levels, along with recital performances at universities and music conferences.
Zach has studied with many great brass teachers. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, Don Little, Tony Baker, Dr. Brett Shuster, Dr. Ansyn Banks and John Gutermuth.
Currently Zach is pursuing a doctoral degree in Music Performance at the University of North Texas where he performs in the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate lessons. Additionally, Zach can bee seen performing with Limelight, one of Dallas’ top cover bands.
Zach Marley performs exclusively on Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces.
Carol jantsch - march 6th 2pm us central time
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as having “a sound as clear and sure as it [is] luxurious,” Carol Jantsch has been principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. She won the position during her senior year at the University of Michigan, becoming the first female tuba player in a major symphony orchestra.
In addition to her duties in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Jantsch is a renowned tuba soloist. She gives solo recitals regularly, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with various ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, the St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the United States Marine Band. She has performed in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with the Musical Olympus Festival, and has appeared on the radio on NPR’s series From the Top and Interlochen Public Radio’s Live From Studio A. In 2009 she was honored with a “Best of Philly” award from Philadelphia magazine. She has also won prizes in several international solo tuba competitions, and alumni awards from both Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan.
Ms. Jantsch is in increasing demand as a teacher worldwide, having given master classes in Europe, Asia, and North America. She enjoys working with young musicians, and has been a featured artist at various brass festivals in Finland, Germany, Canada, and the United States. She is on the faculty at the Yale University School of Music and Temple University’s Boyer College of Music.
Ms. Jantsch is an advocate for music education in her community. In 2018, she founded Tubas For Good, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides instruments for students in the Philadelphia School District. Ms. Jantsch coaches music students from the district both through Tubas For Good and through the Philadelphia Orchestra’s All-City program. Since 2017, she has hosted an annual Tuba/Euphonium PlayIN, a free community event where players of all ages and skill levels are invited to perform as a mass tuba ensemble on the Verizon Hall stage.
Ms. Jantsch enjoys interacting with audiences in a very different way than her orchestra role as a member of Tubular, a tuba cover band that performs at bars and events. Comprised of tubas, euphoniums, drums, and vocals, Tubular is committed to presenting pop and rock music in a fun and engaging way, while guilefully stretching people’s notions of the capabilities of low brass instruments. As the chief arranger of Tubular, Ms. Jantsch revels in the challenge of adapting music from ABBA to Zeppelin for this unique setting.
Raised in a musical family, Ms. Jantsch began piano lessons at age six and began studying euphonium at Interlochen Arts Camp at age nine. After switching to tuba, she attended the prestigious arts boarding high school Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating as salutatorian of her class. She continued her studies at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Fritz Kaenzig. After winning her position with The Philadelphia Orchestra in February of 2006, she returned to Michigan to complete her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating with highest honors.
Ms. Jantsch can be heard on numerous Philadelphia Orchestra recordings, including the 2010 release of Ewald Quintets no. 1 and 3 with fellow Philadelphia Orchestra principal brass. She released her first solo recording, Cascades, in 2009. In 2013 she premiered Reflections on the Mississippi, a tuba concerto written for her and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty. She performed the concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2015, and recorded it with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Symphony Band.
Ms. Jantsch is a Yamaha Performing Artist. She plays a Yamaha YFB-822 F tuba, a YFB-826 “Yamayork” CC tuba, and a PT-6 CC tuba.