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UW-Eau Claire musicians to perform at International Tuba-Euphonium Conference

April 14, 2014
Wind Symphony 

EAU CLAIRE — The International Tuba-Euphonium Conference will have no shortage of UW-Eau Claire students and faculty this summer.

The biennial conference, which consists of recital and concert programs by top artists from around the world, will feature UW-Eau Claire's Wind Symphony, low brass ensemble BASSically BRASS and Dr. Jerry Young, professor emeritus of music. The conference is hosted by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

Young, who also serves as president of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, will perform the world premiere of a new concerto composed by former UW-Eau Claire faculty member Dr. Ethan Wickman.

"I think our artistic aim is to look back over the past 40 years to review what we have accomplished, not only as an association of people dedicated to the euphonium and tuba, but also as a part of the larger musical community," Young said.

BASSically BRASS, which has previously performed at a variety of international conferences both in the U.S. and abroad, will perform as one of only a handful of college-level euphonium and tuba ensembles invited to the conference. The group also has performed at state education conferences in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. More than 60 works have been composed specifically for BASSically BRASS over the past 31 years.

Young, director of BASSically BRASS, says that the conference is an opportunity for UW-Eau Claire's low-brass musicians to be showcased and distinguished.

"Our low-brass area is nationally and internationally recognized for its consistent production of outstanding graduates as educators and performers," Young said. "The continuing invitations to perform on this important international stage before our peers on a recurring basis keeps our university and its outstanding reputation front and center in the minds of prospective students and in the profession at large."

Each piece performed by BASSically BRASS at the conference will be led by UW-Eau Claire students.

The UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony is the official accompanying ensemble for the conference. It will perform with famous solo artists Dr. Brian Bowman from the University of Northern Texas, Tim Northcut from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, UW-Eau Claire's Dr. Jerry Young and Andreas Hofmeir, who recently performed and recorded with the Munich Philharmonic.

"The amount of international exposure we're getting from this is amazing," said Dr. John Stewart, assistant professor of music and director of the Wind Symphony. "This is a big deal."

The Wind Symphony has performed at many regional and national conferences, including the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Wisconsin State Music Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association Convention and the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter Convention. The Wind Symphony frequently records for professional music publishers Daehn Publications and JPM Music.

For more information, contact Dr. Jerry Young at jyoung@uwec.eduor 715-836-3633.


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