Monday, February 2, 2009

Kansas State Tuba-Euphonium Studio

In light of the upcoming Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, how could I not feature the host and his studio? The conference is being hosted by Dr. Steven Maxwell at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. The tuba-euphonium studio is very active. Their ensemble is just one of many for tuba and euphonium students. The KSU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble has been featured at numerous conferences including the 2005 Rocky Mountain States Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held at the University Northern Colorado, and the 2003 and 2007 Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences held at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Missouri Western respectively. They also performed at the 2007 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention held in Wichita, Kansas. The group usually performs two to four concerts each year. On a personal note, I am happy to hear that they too have a holiday tradition, very much like the University of Iowa's Holiday Tubas tradition!

One of the best things that Dr. Maxwell has done for his students is attract world reknown tuba and euphonium artists to his campus. Artists include Sotto Voce, Adam Frey, Pat Sheridan, Steven Mead, Jason Hamm, and the National Symphony Brass Quintet. As a student, experiencing the live interaction with these artists is truly unforgettable. The chance to participate in masterclass and hear solo recitals of these performers is both inspiring and highly educational. Kudos to Dr. Maxwell and his studio.

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