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Music professor to receive international award

RELEASED: May 20, 2010

Dr. Jerry Young
Dr. Jerry Young

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Jerry Young, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been chosen to receive the first Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship from the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. He will be honored at the ITEA conference May 24 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

"This award was quite unexpected. I'm pleased that the association has decided to give this award and that it has been named for the imminent British researcher Clifford Bevan, who authored the definitive work on the history of valved low brass instruments," said Young, who joined the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department faculty in 1983.

The chair of the selection committee, Dr. Craig Kridel of the University of South Carolina, cited Young's extensive tuba research and his work with the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal as reasons for his selection. Young served as editor of the professional journal from 1984-88 and from 1998-2002. In addition to his editorial work, he has done research related to career choices and opportunities for low brass players as well as audition processes and procedures in professional music organizations.

Young has published numerous articles in a variety of professional journals on low brass pedagogy and has been a frequent reviewer of new music, pedagogical materials and recordings.

"The award committee decided that this first award should recognize some of the individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession over the years. I'm honored to be chosen as one of those individuals after thirty years in higher education," Young said.

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