The Tuba/Euphonium Studio at University of Tennessee is a very active studio in the School of Music. With two large concert bands, a select wind ensemble, two jazz big bands, numerous jazz combos and a large and challenging orchestra program, studio members have all the large ensemble opportunities they could ever want. In addition, there are brass chamber music ensembles and a tuba/euphonium ensemble and tuba/euphonium quartets.
The Advantage of Size
Our School of Music population of 400 students provides opportunities which are only offered by some of the larger conservatories of music, while our large and professional faculty allows for a great deal of personal attention, both in studio and integrated performance situations.The number of students in the tuba/euphonium studio has varied in the last several years from about twelve to eighteen players. Our studio typically includes students of many performance levels, from talented first year students who may not be majoring in music, to graduate students pursuing specialized degrees such as the Master of Music in tuba/euphonium performance. With this highly diverse population, we have been able to maintain an attitude of friendly competition, cooperation, and mutual support which has served the students well in helping to develop their full musical potential.
Time and Attention
In addition to the standard weekly lesson (1 hour), members of the tuba/euphonium studio are offered studio class (1 hour) as well as four weekly breathing technique/basic routine classes (4 hours). This adds up to 6 hours each week of student/teacher contact. One will not find many other tuba/euphonium programs that offer so much weekly attention with the professor.
Graduates of the Tuba/Euphonium Studio of The University of Tennessee have gone on to pursue careers in many areas of music. Many are currently teaching, some at the public school level, some in community colleges, and some at the university level. Several past members are also performing professionally.
The University of Tennessee has a student population of about 27,000. It is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the metropolitan population of which approaches 1,000,000. The size of the city and the fact that the arts are an important part of community life, are attractive factors to prospective music students. Additionally, there are several citywide orchestras and bands, which provide performance opportunities for aspiring students.
In order to audition for scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships one should make a visit to the campus. This allows prospective students to get a feel for the school, the studio, etc. If you are unable to make a visit, a recording of your playing may be submitted. Please see Audition Requirements for more information.