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The Who's Who in Our New Release

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Dr. Stacy Baker earned the academic rank of Professor of Music – Tuba /Euphonium and is the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where she has taught since 1996. 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 performing career appearing as featured artist at International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences (ITEC); regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences (SERTEC/MWRTEC); International Women’s Brass Conferences (IWBC); U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba/Euphonium Conferences; International Euphonium Tuba Festivals, and conferences hosted by the Kentucky, Florida, and Michigan Music Educator’s Associations. Dr. Baker has toured and recorded throughout the United States, Europe, and China as soloist, and as a founding member of SymbiosisDuo, the tuba/euphonium quartet JUNCTION, the IWBC’s Monarch Brass, and the Athena Brass Band as well as with the Lexington Brass Band and MSU’s Horizon Brass quintet.

Dr. Baker formed the professional tuba euphonium duo, SYMBIOSISDUO, with Dr. Gail Roberston in 2007 to increase awareness of the tuba/euphonium duo as a performance medium and to promote and disseminate new works for this unique combination of instruments. The duo chose the name “SYMBIOSISDUO” from the concert duet of that name written for them by composer Chris Sharp. In the program notes for the work he writes: “Symbiosis is defined as, ‘A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence . . . The technical and range-requirements for each solo instrument are comparable, suggesting a ‘separate but equal’ relationship.” This is an innovative and challenging approach to duet writing for tuba and euphonium producing ‘the symbiosis effect’ as the tuba is not relegated to an accompanying role, but is equal in all aspects of music with the other voice in the duo, the euphonium. Her duo’s debut album, SymbiosisDuo, was selected as finalist for the 2010 Roger Bobo Award for Recording Excellence in Chamber Music by the International Tuba/Euphonium Association (ITEA). The duo’s second album, Playground, will be released in February 2015. Both albums were funded through Morehead State University Creative Production Grants.

Dr. Stacy Baker served together with Dr. Gail Robertson as Co-Instrumental Advisor and Co-Curriculum Designer for the Pro-Series Elite Practice Systems for Tuba and Euphonium providing all exercises, instruction, and quartet arrangements as well as performing as on-screen talent alongside some of their students for the revolutionary pedagogical series of 10 DVDs for tuba and 10 DVD’s for euphonium. The project was fully funded and released by American Product Group, LLC in 2013 along with similar series for each of the wind instruments.

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, the Danville Symphony, the Owensboro Symphony and the Lexington Philharmonic. Dr. Baker 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.

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Gail Robertson 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 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 completed her D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder, Ava Ordman, and Ricardo Lorenz. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, 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 currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas where she is tubist in the Pinnacle Brass and teaches the Jazz Ensemble II. She is the Chair/Chief Editor of the International Tuba and Euphonium Press, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA), 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 as Euphonium and Membership Coordinator of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and was the featured artist on the cover of the ITEA Journal (Vol. 38:1, Fall 2010). Two of Gail’s original works have also been featured Gems in the ITEA Journal(Jazz Encounter No. 1 – Gem Series No. 22, Vol. 38:1, Fall 2010, and Allegro et Andantango – Gem Series No. 33, Vol. 41:3, Spring 2014).

 

Gail was recently awarded the 2014 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for her document, “Restoring the Euphonium’s Legacy as Cello of the Wind Band.” Her original work for brass quintet, Tower Guard Tribute, was awarded honorable mention by the 2014 International Alliance for Women in Music’s Patsy Lu competition. In May 2009, Gail recorded a new CD with Dr. Stacy Baker, Alex Thio, and Dr. Deb Eastwood, called “SymbiosisDuo.” SYMBIOSISDUO released their second CD, “Playground,” in February 2015. Several of the works recorded by the duo were newly commissioned works written especially for the duo. Composers include: Franz Cibulka, Jim Self, James Grant, 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, the Florida Music Educators’ Association, the Michigan Music Conference, and numerous ITEA, IWBC, and United States Army Tuba and Euphonium Conferences.

 

Robertson has toured the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Monarch Brass, the Athena Brass Band, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. She has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the River City Brass Band, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Euphoniums Unlimited, Symphonia, the Orlando based “Horns and Pipes” Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and SYMBIOSISDUO. Her published works and arrangements are available through GAR MUSIC, Euphonium.com, and Tuba-Euphonium Press. As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.

Our Composer-Arranger Friends

cibulkaFranz Peter Cibulka, born in 1946, completed his musical studies in clarinet, composition and orchestral conducting at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. He served as Professor of Clarinet, Chamber Music and Music Theory at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory in Graz until July 2002 when he began working exclusively as a free-lance composer. His list of works includes more than 500 compositions of the most diverse instrumentation and styles resulting from his artistic collaboration with various performers.

Mr. Cibulka achieved an international reputation following the performance in 1997 of several of his works at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) held in Schladming, Austria. Since that time he has been invited to Australia, America, Russia and many European countries as a composer, conductor, performer and lecturer. www.artofcibulka.com

 

James Grant Composer

JAMES GRANT, DMA. For three decades, James Grant has been commissioned by individuals, choruses, chamber ensembles and orchestras, who have performed his music throughout the world. As a composer of choral music, he has taken First Prize honors in three international competitions, and his orchestral overture Chart won first prize in the 1998 Louisville Orchestra competition for new orchestral music. In 2002, Grant was one of five American composers to win the Aaron Copland Award; and in 2004, he won the Sylvia Goldstein Award, sponsored by Copland House.

After completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from Cornell University, Grant was Assistant Professor of Music at Middlebury College in Vermont between 1988-1992, where he taught composition, coordinated an American Music Week Festival each year, and directed the New Music From Middlebury concert series. In 1992, Grant left academe to compose full-time and from 1993-96 served as Composer-In-Residence to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2003, Grant completed a five-year position as Composer-In-Residence to the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in Bridgeton, New Jersey. www.jamesgrantmusic.com

 

jim-selfJim Self (b.1943) is a Los Angeles free-lance musician, a veteran of thousands of motion pictures, television shows and records, and tuba soloist on many prominent movies. His tuba was the “Voice of the Mothership” in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He is Principal Tuba/Cimbasso with the Pacific and Pasadena Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. He holds a DMA from the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches tuba and chamber music. His compositions and arrangements include works for solo tuba, brass quintet, other brass, string and woodwind chamber music and for band and orchestra. Jim has produced many solo jazz and classical recordings. His music and recordings are available from: http://www.bassethoundmusic.com

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chris-sharpChris Sharp, Ph.D. is a professional composer, arranger, orchestrator, educator and musician. He was educated at the University of Florida and the University of Miami. He has extensive experience as a commercial music writer, having provided material for noted clients including the Disney parks worldwide, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, The Boston Pops, The Dallas Brass, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has also written pieces for several service bands including the famed USAF Airmen of Note, who recorded his arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” on their 1999 CD, Invitation.

Dr. Sharp is also active as a composer and arranger of music for the scholastic market. He currently has over 200 published works in the catalogs of Alfred Music Publishing, The FJH Music Company, Inc., Jalen/Matrix Publications and several others. His compositions and arrangements have been performed multiple times at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and he is a nine-time winner of the ASCAPlus Award. As a music educator, Dr. Sharp has served on numerous occasions as the conductor/clinician for All-County concert and jazz groups throughout the state of Florida and the US. www.chrissharp.net

 

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T.O. Sterrett’s concert music has been performed by the New Haven Symphony, the Gainesville (Florida) Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic saxophonist Albert Regni, percussion virtuoso Gordon Gottleib, euphonium virtuoso Gail Robertson, tuba virtuosos Stacy Baker and Michael Eastep, and others. As a composer, orchestrator, and music producer, Mr. Sterrett has worked on several Emmy-nominated Film/TV projects, and his music has been heard on Saturday Night Live, Cold Case Files, American Justice, Investigating History, and many other shows. He is also the Composer/Lyricist for Animaloopidy, a critically acclaimed CD of music “for kids of any age” featuring Broadway/Film/TV star J.K. Simmons and other Broadway performers. As a pianist, he performed works by Robert Livingston Aldridge at Lincoln Center and has recorded works by Mr. Aldridge and Roger Bourland. He has also performed in diverse venues ranging from B.B. King’s in New York City, the Paradiso in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

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Our Instrumentalist Friends

 

ADAM CLARK

adamAdam Clark has performed to much acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. Of his playing, New York Concert Review Magazine wrote, “Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin’s soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness” and “achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra].”

A prizewinner in numerous competitions, Clark has performed as a soloist in venues including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Bass Concert Hall in Austin, and Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids. He has performed with orchestras including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and San Luis Obispo Symphony, and has collaborated with conductors such as Michael Nowak, Eduard Zilberkant, and Johannes Müller-Stosch. Recent concerto performances have included the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto, Chopin 1st Piano Concerto, Schumann Piano Concerto, MacDowell 2nd Piano Concerto, Bartok 2nd Piano Concerto, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

As a chamber musician, Clark has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Austin Symphony, and the Weimar Staatskapelle. He performs regularly during the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck in Michigan, he has been featured on the acclaimed Grand Rapids Art Museum recital series, and he is currently a member of MTSU’s Stones River Chamber players.

A dedicated teacher, Clark has given has given lectures and presentations nationally and abroad on diverse topics ranging from technical and musical development to twentieth-century pedagogical repertoire. In 2011, he was invited to present his research on Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Korea, while current research focuses on the piano music of American composer, William Schuman. He has been published in American Music Teacher Magazine, the College Music Society’s Symposium, and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and regularly gives masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad.

Clark is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Middle Tennessee State University, as well as Co-Vice President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association. He was previously on the faculty of Hope College, and prior to that held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a student of Charles Asche. He went on to complete his M.M. at the University of Texas, Austin and D.M.A. at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where his principal teachers were Nancy Garrett and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, respectively.

DEBORAH EASTWOOD

deborah-eastwood-trumpetDR. DEBORAH EASTWOOD serves as Instructor of Music at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY. She earned her D.M.A. in Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign; M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music- Johns Hopkins University; and B.M. in TrumpetPerformance from James Madison University. She has performed and recorded as a member of the Athena Brass BandLexington Brass Band, and Horizon Brass Quintet, and SYMBIOSISDUO. She has performed with the Skyline Brass Ensemble, the Virginia Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Danville Symphony, the Champaign -Urbana Symphony, and the Lancaster Opera Company. Dr. Eastwood has also performed at the International Trumpet GuildInternational Women’s Brass Conference, International Trombone Association, Southeast Regional Tuba/ Euphonium Conference (SERTEC), North American Brass Brand Competitions, and the Great American Brass Band Festival. She has served as a member of the music faculties of Marshall University, WV; Kentucky Christian College, KY; and Maysville Community College, KY. Her teachers include Michael Ewald, Langston Fitzgerald III, and James Kluesner.

EUNBYOL KO

koA native of South Korea, Eunbyol Ko has been praised for her artistry and intelligence as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She maintains an active international career, with performances in Canada, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, China, South Korea, and throughout the United States, and with orchestras including the Kyungwon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queen City Chamber Orchestra, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.

Her numerous competition honors include first prizes in the South Korea National Piano Competition, the Eum-Yeon competition, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Chamber Music Competition. She was also a prize winner in the International Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, the Kankakee Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Ibla Grand Prize Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano Competition.

A dedicated and sought after chamber musician, Ko has performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic. She has also served as a chamber music coach for the Starling String Project and has been an official accompanist for the Young-Pyong International Clarinet Festival in South Korea, the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany, the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Austria, and the Great Wall International Music Academy in China.

Ko also maintains an active professional profile, regularly giving masterclasses throughout the Unites States and abroad, serving as a judge and adjudicator for notable competitions and events, and offering presentations on a variety of topics at professional conferences each year. Her students have been very successful over the years, garnering awards such as first prize in the Dayton Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, first prize in the New Horizons Piano Competition, second prize in the BGSU David D. Dubois Piano Competition, and numerous MTNA State and Regional Competition awards.

Ko is currently on the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, and previously held the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at Morehead State University. She has also served on the faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department, taught piano for the CCM Piano Department, and served as Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Austin Peay State University. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance with a Cognate in Chamber Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and her Masters degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her former teachers include Soo-Jung Shin, Shigeo Neriki, Eugene Pridonoff, and James Tocco.

HYEKYUNG LEE

HyekyungA native of the Republic of Korea, Hyekyung Lee is an active performer, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist.

As a professional pianist, she has performed in many concert series, festivals and conferences such as Music Marathon performing the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven programmed by Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Collage Concert at Michigan State University, MSU Bach French Suite Marathon, MSU Collegiate Honors Recital, Mid-West Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, North American Brass Band Association and the Michigan Music Educators Association Conference. She has also performed with Yeungnam University Symphony Orchestra and with the MSU Symphony Orchestra at Wharton Center as the winner of MSU Honors Competition.

Lee was awarded second prize in the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition and American Protégé International of Romantic Music.

Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from Yeungnam University with teaching credentials as a lecturer while working on her Master’s degree at the same university. She studied with Dr. Marc Silverman completing her second Master’s Degree on Piano as a scholarship recipient at the Manhattan School of Music. She also completed additional course work at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, at the Brandywine International Piano Institute at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and at PianoSummer Festival at SUNY in New York.

She is currently a scholarship doctoral candidate in piano performance at Michigan State University under the tutelage of Panayis Lyras.

DR. BRIAN MASON

brianDr. Brian S. Mason, Associate Professor of Percussion at Morehead State University, is a highly respected innovator of the contemporary marching percussion ensemble. His career in the DCI activity spanned more than two decades, claiming numerous awards and honors with the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and the Santa Clara Vanguard. In high demand as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator, he has appeared throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and his compositions have been performed around the world.

Currently, Brian coordinates the percussion studies program at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY and also directs the award-winning Marching Percussion Ensemble, featured on VicFirth.com in a web-based instructional video series Marching Percussion 101. Off-campus, he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Advisors, is president of the KY Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, is a contract section player with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as a guest artist with high school and university percussion ensembles across the US.

Brian received his D.M.A. and B.M. as a student of James B. Campbell at the University of Kentucky, and his M.M. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a student of Dr. Dean Gronemeier. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Committee and the P.A.S. Health and Wellness Committee. Brian has published articles in Percussive Notes, has been interviewed in Modern Drummer and Band and Orchestra Magazine, and co-authored the 2000 Modern Drummer Readers Poll’s “No. 1 Drum Set Method Book,” The Commandments of R&B Drumming (Warner Brothers). Brian is a performing artist for Mapex Drums, and Majestic PercussionVic Firth sticks and malletsZildjian cymbalsEvans drumheads, Grover Pro Percussion, and Etymotic Hearing Protection, and his original works are published through Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, and Tap Space Publications.

T.O. STERRETT 

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T.O. Sterrett’s concert music has been performed by the New Haven Symphony, the Gainesville (Florida) Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic saxophonist Albert Regni, percussion virtuoso Gordon Gottleib, euphonium virtuoso Gail Robertson, tuba virtuosos Stacy Baker and Michael Eastep, and others. As a composer, orchestrator, and music producer, Mr. Sterrett has worked on several Emmy-nominated Film/TV projects, and his music has been heard on Saturday Night Live, Cold Case Files, American Justice, Investigating History, and many other shows. He is also the Composer/Lyricist for Animaloopidy, a critically acclaimed CD of music “for kids of any age” featuring Broadway/Film/TV star J.K. Simmons and other Broadway performers. As a pianist, he performed works by Robert Livingston Aldridge at Lincoln Center and has recorded works by Mr. Aldridge and Roger Bourland. He has also performed in diverse venues ranging from B.B. King’s in New York City, the Paradiso in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

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ALEX THIO

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alex-thio-pianistAlex Thio has fashioned a successful career as a collaborative pianist and instructor of piano and music theory in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native of Singapore, Alex attained the graduate degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he also embarked on postgraduate studies in piano performance and pedagogy.

As collaborative pianist, Alex has collaborated with renowned brass soloists including Dr. Stacy Baker and Dr. Gail Robertson (SymbiosisDuo), Dr. Earle Louder (euphonium), Jay Hunsberger (tuba), and Timothy Northcut (tuba). His performances and arrangements appear in the debut album recorded by the SymbiosisDuo, as well as the Christmas and Americana albums recorded by Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass.

Alex has also served as official accompanist with organizations including the International Women’s Brass Conference, the North American Brass Band Association, and more recently, Singapore’s first Trombone Festival (2014) where he performed in recital with brass artists Adam Frey (euphonium), Mark Glover (euphonium) and Brett Baker (trombone). He accepted the invitation to be collaborative pianist for artist recitals at the South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference 2015 to be held at the University of Central Arkansas.

Alex will also serve as one of the official adjudicators in piano and keyboard competitions at the 38th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contests organized by the American Guild of Music in April 2015.

As an enthusiastic and passionate piano instructor, Alex continues to teach piano performance and music theory to students of all ages in the Cincinnati area.