You will find on other pages of this website information designed primarily for the current students in the University of Michigan euphonium and tuba studio. Listed are a class syllabus, recommended and required recitals for each semester, the basic scale requirements, and other items designed to reduce the paper trail for students in the studio. Feel free to peruse items of interest and get a feel for what goes on in the studio.
One of the most important items is the weekly studio class. The classes are two hours long and are used primarily for solo performances and Euphonium/Tuba Ensemble rehearsals. All students perform several times each semester with piano accompaniment (our studio currently has four hours of weekly piano accompanying assigned to it by the School of Music). Planning is done during each student's first lesson of the semester for the timing and repertoire to be performed during the studio classes. The Euphonium/Tuba Ensemble is entirely voluntary, with a large majority of the students in the studio electing to be members of the ensemble. Concerts by this group are usually held once each semester, during the annual Octubafest in the fall and typically in March. The UM Euphonium/Tuba Ensemble has performed frequently at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences sponsored by TUBA, as well as at the Army Band Conference and at other events. Studio classes are also used to stage mock band and orchestra auditions, master classes by guest artists, and oral presentations of the papers required of each student in the studio.
There are typically several guest artist recitals and master classes by tubists and euphoniumists at the U. of M. annually, sometimes in conjunction with one of the orchestras which visit the campus for concerts under the auspices of the University Musical Society. Some of the more prominent graduates of the U. of M. euphonium/tuba studio also pay visits to campus and give of their time to work with the current students, as well as giving recitals.
The size of the studio varies somewhat from year to year, but there are usually about eight euphonium students and ten to twelve tuba students. The degree programs also vary widely, with a number of students enrolled in double degree curricula, ie. performance and music education, or engineering and performance.