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UT Tuba/Euphonium Studies

Alexander Lapins

Alexander LapinsAlexander Lapins teaches applied tuba and euphonium, chamber music and performs with the faculty brass quintet at the University of Tennessee School of Music. During the summer he serves as an instructor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Miraphone Academy. Dr. Lapins has also taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Indiana University, the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and French Woods Fine Arts Camp.

Dr. Lapins has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, and chamber groups. He has performed throughout the United States, China, South America, and Europe. A diverse performer, Dr. Lapins is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute.

Alexander Lapins performed as principal tubist of several professional orchestras and brass quintets throughout Indiana, and was a first-call substitute/extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.  He has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lapins has also performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the New Sousa Band, and Harvey Phillips' Tubacompany.

Dr. Lapins has extensive experience as a first-call studio musician. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings for Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Disney, Plank Road, Sacred Music Services, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, SMS Brass Choir, and a variety of other record and publishing companies.

Alexander Lapins is devoted to expanding the repertoire of the tuba across all genres. He recently recorded a solo album of his own baroque transcriptions with harpsichord and strings that will be released in fall 2018. An avid supporter of new music, Dr. Lapins has premiered dozens of new works and has been active in regularly commissioning new works for brass.

Dr. Lapins has been featured at regional and international ITEA conferences and United States Army Band Tuba Conferences, the 2012 Southwest Horn Workshop, and the 2012 International Women's Brass Conference. In 2011 he hosted the Southwest Regional ITEA conference at the NAU School of Music, and in 2016 he hosted ITEA's International Tuba/Euphonium Conference at UT. He has presented guest recitals and master classes at many schools of music.

Alexander Lapins has graduate degrees in music performance from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in music industry from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Kevin Stees, Tony Kniffen, and Mike Bunn. He has also studied with Gene Pokorny, David Fedderly, Jim Self, and Mike Roylance.

He is a member of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, a regular contributor to the ITEA Journal, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Alexander Lapins is a Miraphone Artist.


Undergraduate Tuba Audition Material

  • One movement of a solo from the standard repertoireSuggested Repertoire:
    • Paul Hindemith, Sonata
    • Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo
    • Marcello, Sonata in F major
    • Gregson, Concerto (mvmt 1)
    • Haddad, Suite
    • Hartlet, Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba
  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating technical and lyrical playing
    Suggested Repertoire:
    • Bordogni – Melodious Etudes for Tuba
    • Blazhevich – 70 Advanced Studies for Tuba
    • Kopprasch -  60 Selected Studies for Tuba
  • All major scales
  • Possible sight reading

Undergraduate Euphonium Audition Material

  • One movement of a solo from the standard repertoire
    Suggested Repertoire:
    • Guilmant – Morceau Symphonique
    • Capuzzi – Andante and Rondo
    • Ropartz -  Andante et Allegro
    • Censhu – A Walk in the Woods
    • Clinard – Sonata for Unaccompanied Euphonium
  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating technical and lyrical playing
    Suggested Repertoire:
    • Rochut – Melodious Etudes for Euphonium
    • Voxman – Selected Studies for Baritone or Trombone
    • Kopprasch -  60 Selected Studies for Tuba
  • All major scales
  • Possible sight reading


Graduate Tuba Audition Material

  • Two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire, demonstrating technical and lyrical playing.
  • Any complete etude from Rochut Melodious Etudes, book 2
  • The following excerpts:
    • Wagner – Overture to Die Meistersinger (Beginning, J-L)
    • Prokofiev – Symphony no. 5 (mvt. 1, reh 3-6)
    • Berlioz – Hungarian March (reh. 4 to 4 after reh. 5)
  • All major and minor scales
  • Sight Reading

Graduate Euphonium Audition Material

  • Two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire, demonstrating technical and lyrical playing.
  • Any complete etude from Rochut Melodious Etudes, book 2
  • The following excerpts:
    • Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever (no repeats)
    • Schoenberg – Theme and Variations (Var. 5)
    • Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy (Baritone part to Horkstow Grange, beg. To 17)
  • All major and minor scales
  • Sight Reading


If you have any questions about the audition or audition repertoire, please feel free to contact Professor Lapins at alapins@utk.edu.


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