STACY BAKER is Professor of Music – Tuba /Euphonium at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Originally from Harsen’s Island, MI, she received both her M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Michigan where she graduated summa cum laude as a James B. Angell Scholar. She holds a D.M.A. in Performance and Literature with highest honors from the University of Illinois. She enjoys an active solo career appearing as a featured artist at International Women’s Brass Conferences (IWBC); International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences (ITEC); U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba/Euphonium Conferences; Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences (SERTEC), and the International Euphonium Institute and Festival (IEI). Dr. Baker has toured and recorded throughout the United States and Europe as a founding member of the tuba/euphonium quartet JUNCTION, and with the Lexington Brass Band and Monarch Brass Ensemble. She is a member of the Athena Brass Band, the Horizon Brass Quintet, and SYMBIOSISDUO.
Dr. Baker has also performed as principal tubist with the Warren Symphony and the Allen Park Symphony, and as substitute tubist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, the Champaign/Urbana Symphony, and the Danville Symphony. She served as co-editor of the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter from 2000-2003 and has served on the IWBC Board of Directors. Her teachers include Jeff Funderburk, Wes Jacobs, Tommy Johnson,Fritz Kaenzig, and Mark Moore.
Gail Robertson is a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University, pursuing her doctoral degree and has been recently appointed as Part-time Lecturer/Artist of Tuba and Euphonium at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is also Willson International Euphonium Artist.
Gail earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Indiana University while serving as graduate assistant to Harvey Phillips. She postponed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland with Dr. Brian L. Bowman to perform with the “Tubafours” at Walt Disney World, Orlando where she served as musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, “Tubas Under the Boardwalk.” She has recently resumed her doctoral studies as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder and Ava Ordman. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman College, the University of Florida, Valencia, and Seminole Community Colleges and remains active as a teacher, adjudicator, composer, arranger and free-lance artist, both nationally and internationally.
Robertson is currently serving as the Chair of the International Tuba and Euphonium Press Committee, is on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival, and the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC). She has served as President of the IWBC and as a conference host in 2010 and 2006. She has also served on the Board of Directors and as Euphonium and Membership Coordinator of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and was the featured artist on the cover of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal (Volume 38, Number 1, Fall 2010). In addition, she has served as President, Vice President and Personnel Manager of the Brass Band of Central Florida.
In May 2009, Gail recorded a new CD with Dr. Stacy Baker, Alex Thio, and Dr. Deb Eastwood, called “SymbiosisDuo.” Several of the works recorded by the duo were newly commissioned works written especially for the duo. Composers include: Christopher Marshall, Brian Balmages, Chris Sharp, Kimberly Archer, T.O. Sterrett, and Phillip Bimstein. In 2007, Gail received Tau Beta Sigma’s highest honor, the “Outstanding Service to Music Award.” She has also been a clinician for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
Robertson has toured the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band” the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Athena Brass Band, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. She has also performed with the Orlando based “Horns and Pipes” Brass and Percussion Ensemble, as well as the River City Brass Band, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Euphoniums Unlimited, Symphonia, and SYMBIOSISDUO. Her published works and arrangements are available through GAR MUSIC, Euphonium.com, and Tuba and Euphonium Press.
As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.