During the past 20 years the TCU Tuba-Euphonium Studio has gained national and international recognition. Our graduates hold positions as successful public school music educators throughout Texas as well as being noted university teachers around the United States.
Additionally, graduates of the Tuba-Euphonium Studio have held prestigious positions with many professional ensembles, including the United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own, in Washington D.C., as well many other U.S. Army and Navy Bands. During the past 20 years our students have been selected through competitive auditions as finalists to participate in the Leonard Falcone Solo Competition for Tuba and Euphonium and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Solo and Tuba-Euphonium Quartet Competitions on at least 15 separate occasions.
During the past twenty years the students of the TCU Tuba-Euphonium Studio have had the opportunity to participate in clinics and masterclasses with some of the worlds most well-known and accomplished tuba-euphonium performers. Some of these include: Oystein Baadsvik, Demondrae Thurmon, Steven Mead, Adam Frey, Markus Theinert, Harvey Phillips, Howard Johnson, David Kirk, and Pat Sheridan.
One of the most important qualities we seek to maintain in the Tuba-Euphonium Studio is a feeling of camaraderie while enjoying a friendly competitive atmosphere among the students. This has proved to be a strong asset in helping students develop individual strengths while supporting and encouraging fellow members.
TCU Tuba – Euphonium Ensemble
The TCU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble was formed in 1996 and has been an integral part of the Tuba-Euphonium Studio. The Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is not only available to music majors, but also non-majors as well as tuba-euphonium players from the Fort Worth area.
Each year the ensemble hosts their annual OctubaFest Concert in of course the month of Octuba! Additionally, no December would be complete without the ensemble’s annual Tuba Christmas Caroling around the TCU campus. The Spring semester is no less busy and filled with music making by the TCU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
In addition to the large ensemble, members are encouraged to perform in tuba-euphonium quartets to explore the attributes of true chamber music. This has resulted in groups that have represented the TCU School of Music and Tuba-Euphonium Studio as International finalists for competitions in North Carolina; Tucson, AZ; Cincinnati, Ohio; Oklahoma City, OK;and Linz, Austria. This strong legacy from a total volunteer ensemble speaks volumes for the commitment by the players and the pure joy they feel for the performance opportunities and membership in this superb ensemble. The TCU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble represents TCU and the TCU School of Music at the highest level!