IUP Hosts Fifth Annual Tubaphonium Day

Posted on 2/18/2019 10:01:35 PM

Zach Collins and the IUP Chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association hosted the fourth annual Tubaphonium Day on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Tuba and euphonium players of all ages were invited to join the IUP Tuba and Euphonium Studio for a day of performance and learning. The musicians participated in master classes, heard a recital by the day’s guest artists, and performed as part of a mass tuba-euphonium ensemble. 

Tuba and euphonium players at the 2019 Tubaphonium Day

Five IUP music alumni returned to serve as guest artists for the event. George Alberti (BA ’13), Zack Grass (BFA ’14), Mike Waddell (BSEd ’12), Abby Weaver (BSEd ’17), and Anne Wertz (BSEd ’13) performed as an ensemble and as soloists throughout the day. Since graduating from IUP, all five students went on to pursue graduate degrees.

Alberti earned a Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University and is currently a freelance musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area and is earning an artist diploma at Southern Methodist University.

Grass earned a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University and is a doctoral candidate at Boston University and freelances throughout New England.

Waddell earned a Master of Music degree at Georgia State University and is the band director at Hiram College in Ohio. He is also serving as a sabbatical replacement for Zach Collins at IUP this semester.

Weaver is completing her Master of Music degree at Akron University this semester and plans to join the US Army music program.

Wertz earned a Master of Music degree from Baylor University and is now an elementary music teacher in Houston, Texas.

Tubaphonium Day culminated in a concert that featured the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble and a 40-piece, mass tuba-euphonium ensemble comprised of all participants at Tubaphonium Day. Participants included students from 10 different school districts, musicians from IUP, as well as adult musicians.

Tuba and euphonium players at the 2019 Tubaphonium Day Tuba and euphonium players at the 2019 Tubaphonium Day

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