Monday, February 9, 2009

The University of Georgia Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

David Zerkel presides over the tuba-euphonium studio at The University of Georgia. The studio is alive and well, including a strong undergraduate and graduate population. The studio has a tuba-euphonium ensemble, and after hearing them perform at the 2008 ITEC, I can safely say they are terrific!

The UGA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is a credit class that meets three times weekly. The group performs on campus at least once a semester and has recently performed at the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, the 2002 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Greensboro, the 2002 Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Washington, DC, and at the 2000 ITEC held in Regina, Sakatchewan.

Literature performed in this group includes serious original compositions for tuba ensemble, transcriptions of orchestral literature, and lighter transcriptions. Most of the music performed presents technical challenges that students may not encounter in their other performing organizations.

Below is a list of just some of the repertoire this group has performed:

UGA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble Programs Since Fall 2000

Fall 2000
Paul Hindemith
Pavane, op. 50
Gabriel Faure
The Furies
Neal Corwell
Scarborough Fair
arr. Bill Reichenbach
Girolama Frescobaldi
Lazy Elephant Blues
Ingo Luis

Spring 2001
Procession of the Nobles
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Variations on the "New World Symphony"
James Woodward
Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Introduction to Act III of Die Meistersinger
Richard Wagner
Mars, the Bringer of War (from The Planets)
Gustav Holst

Fall 2001
Now Hear This!
Ray Dempsey
Folk Song Suite
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ave Maria
Franz Biebl
John Cheetham
Into the Magical Rainforest
Jesse Ayers
Wilke Renwick

Spring 2002
Poet and Peasant Overture
Franz von Suppe
Aldo Forte
Two Interplays
Thom Ritter George
Higashi Nishi
John Stevens

Fall 2002
Mike Forbes
Three Little Pigs
Todd Fiegel
Bavarian Stew
Rolf Wilhelm
Ave Maria
Victoria (arr. D. Castillo)

Spring 2003
Overture to the Impressario
W.A. Mozart (arr. Perry)
Burckner Etude
Enrique Crespo
Tubular Octad
Fisher Tull
Thom Ritter George
Jonathan Sass

As you can see, this studio performs a variety of transcriptions, arrangements, and original works for tubas and euphoniums. Kudos to the UGA Tuba-Euphonium Studio!

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