Tuba Quartet Will Lead Off Denison's Spring Music Concerts
Posted: January 17, 2000
A tuba/euphonium quartet known as "Junction" will lead off the spring semester music department concert offerings. The concert is set for 8 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 25) in Burke Recital Hall and is free and open to the public. In addition to the evening concert, Junction quartet members, who will serve as Vail artists-in-residence, will hold a master class at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 26) in Burke Rehearsal Hall , which also is open to the public.
A professional quartet, Junction was formed to build a broader repertoire through the performance of new works for the tuba/euphonium group as well as playing arrangements of works originally written for other instruments. All of the quartet's members have been active in the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC), which is where they met and decided to form the quartet. They are scheduled to perform at the 2001 ITEC conference this coming August in Lahti, Finland.
Members of the quartet are Sharon Huff and Angie Hunter on euphonium and Stacy Baker and Velvet Brown on tuba. Huff is an assistant professor of music at St. Norbert College (Green Bay, Wisc.) currently on a year's leave. She has served as conductor of the St. Norbert College Concert Band and has also performed and conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and Austria. She has served as a competition adjudicator for ITEC on four occasions and was a performer on its 1998 program.
Hunter, on the music faculty of the German Bible Institute in Koenigsfeld, Black Forest, Germany, since 1989, is an Ohio native and earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Illinois and studied trombone at the Conservatory of Music in Trossingen, Germany. She has appeared as a soloist at the ITEC meetings in Chicago and Riva, Italy, as well as at International Women's Brass Conferences, the most recent in Cincinnati last year.
Baker is an assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at Morehead State University, Ky. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Warren Symphony and Allen Park Symphony as well as others. She is a tubist with the Monarch Brass and was a featured soloist at the 2000 U.S. Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conference.
Brown has served as professor of tuba and euphonium at Bowling Green State University since 1995. She has been featured at the 1999 Swiss Brass Week and at the 1999 and 2000 Mid-Europe Conferences. A frequent soloist at ITEC, she served as principal tubist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra from 1989 to 1999 and is a founding member of the Monarch Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble. She also performs with Italian pianist Roberto Arosio as "Garda Duo."
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