International Euphonium Tuba Festival 2014

Guest Artists and Master Class Teachers


Brian Bowman - University of North Texas, Willson Performing Artist

Martin Cochran - Adams Performing Artist, University of Alabama-Birmingham

Fernando Deddos - International Soloist and Composer, Adams Performing Artist (BRAZIL)

Adam Frey - International Soloist, Georgia State University, Yamaha Performing Artist

Mark Jenkins - Principal Euphonium, US Marine Band

Thomas Ruedi - International Soloist, Conductor, and Arranger, Besson Performing Artist (SWITZERLAND)

David Thornton - Royal Northern College of Music, Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Sterling Performing Artist (UNITED KINGDOM)


Paul Ebbers - Florida State University, Professor of Tuba

Bernard Flythe - Kennesaw State University, Adjunct Professor of Tuba

Fritz Kaenzig - University of Michigan, Grant Park Symphony

Mike Roylance - Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory of Music

Brian Bowman, University of North Texas

Dr. Brian L. Bowman enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, clinician, recording artist, educator and administrator. Dr. Bowman has held the principal euphonium position, in addition to being a featured soloist, in each of the bands he has been associated with: The University of Michigan Symphony Band, The United States Navy Band, The United States Bicentennial Band, The United States Air Force Band and The River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is in demand as a guest soloist with high school, university, municipal and professional ensembles. He has performed as a soloist in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, The Virgin Islands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Tonga Taiwan, Thailand and the People’s Republic of China. He has appeared as tenor tubist with the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Symphonica of Xlapa, Mexico. He has performed concertos with the Lexington Kentucky Symphony, the Sapporo Japan, Symphony Orchestra the North Carolina Symphony and the Madison Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Bowman is a Willson Performing Artist.

Martin Cochran, University of Alabama - Birmingham & Columbus State University

Dr. Martin Cochran has established an international reputation as a euphonium soloist, teacher, and adjudicator. Dr. Cochran is a former winner of the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Competition and quartet competition. He has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Georgia Brass Band, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Sotto Voce Quartet. He is also a founding member of the newly formed Adams Quartet along with fellow Adams euphonium artists Matthew van Emmerik, Fernando Deddos, and Matt Tropman.

Dr. Cochran has performed and taught alongside many of the world’s premier euphoniumists, including David Childs, Brian Bowman, Adam Frey, Steven Mead, and many others. His activities as a soloist and teacher have taken him throughout the United States and abroad, recently including performances and masterclasses at the Jazeps Vitols National Academy of music in Riga, Latvia. He has also performed at both international and regional ITEA conferences. Dr. Cochran has served on the artist faculties of the International Euphonium Institute, the Low Brass Boot Camp, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has been an adjudicator for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference solo competition. Dr. Cochran also has extensive experience as a conductor, having served as the Director of the University of Montevallo Wind Ensemble, Assistant Conductor of the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, and Assistant Conductor the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Band and Youth Wind Ensemble Program.

In addition to his duties at Columbus State, Dr. Cochran is also on the faculty of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he teaches euphonium and tuba and courses in aural skills and music appreciation and performs as member of the UAB Faculty Brass Quintet. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Montevallo and the University of West Georgia. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from the University of Alabama, and degrees in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Louisiana State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His principal teachers include Mike Dunn, Alan Baer, Larry Campbell, and Ross Walter.

Dr. Cochran is an Adams Performing Artist.

Fernando Deddos, International Soloist and Composer (BRAZIL)

Fernando Deddos is a composer and euphonium soloist from South Region of Brazil. His work for the euphonium in the Brazilian music scenario is outstanding through facts such as been the first euphonium soloist with some orchestras, composing, commissioning, recording and producing concerts. F.Deddos began musical studies at age 4 with piano, going on to Brass at age 11 at Santos Anjos School, PortoUnião town, where he used to play with night bands and also where it was premiered his first orchestral composition (2000). In 2006, he won the National Young Soloists Award “Furnas II” in Rio de Janeiro/RJ. Deddos earned his bachelor’s degree in Conducting and Composition at Parana State School of Music and Fine Arts. As a performer and teacher, he has been working in a range of music events and international festivals; Deddos is the artistic director of the Southern Brazilian Tuba-Euphonium Conference and euphonium tutor at SESC International Music Festival (Pelotas/RS/Bra). As a composer, write pieces for various types of ensembles, including scores for contemporary dance performances and videos. Deddos has received two composition awards from the International Tuba and Euphonium Association: the Harvey Phillips Award for Composition Excellence: 1st prize for best solo piece in 2010 (“Rabecando”) and 1stprize for best chamber work in 2012 (“Momentums”). Deddos´s original pieces have been performed and recorded among places like Brazil, Japan, USA, Switzerland, Portugal, Argentina, Spain, Canada and Colombia. F. Deddos released his debut CD in 2009, titled EuFonium Brasileiro, the very first Euphonium recording in Brazil which received the prize for best album from the ITEA. In 2012, Deddos was guest artist in both the International Euphonium Institute in Atlanta, GA and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria. Deddos has a Master’s Degree from Duquesne University under orientation of Mr. Lance Laduke and for 2013-14, he received an award from the University of Georgia for the doctorate program, to be an assistant/researcher for the Ideas and Creativity Exploration department.

Mr. Deddos is an Adams Performing Artist.

Paul Ebbers, Florida State University

Paul Ebbers, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, joined the faculty of Florida State University in 1979. Mr. Ebbers studied with Arnold Jacobs, world renowned wind pedagogue. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University, and pursued doctoral study at Indiana University.

Mr. Ebbers is an active performer, instructor, and ensemble director. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, and Florida Philharmonic. He has toured the U.S., Italy, and Germany with the Florida State Brass Quintet, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Ebbers is an active member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (I.T.E.A.), and has served as a guest artist and adjudicator at numerous conferences for I.T.E.A. and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association.

Bernard Flythe, Kennesaw State University

Bernard H. Flythe joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2007 and is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium. Prior to his appointment at KSU, Mr. Flythe served for three years as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Austin Peay State University and for four years on the artist faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has also held faculty positions at Emory University, the University of Georgia, the University of Toledo, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan All State Program at Interlochen, the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute, and the UNC-Greensboro Summer Music Camp. As an orchestral tubist, Mr. Flythe has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. During the 1992-1993 season, he served as the acting principal tubist with the North Carolina Symphony. As a chamber musician, Mr. Flythe has performed with the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and the North Carolina Symphony Brass Quintet. Mr. Flythe received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his master of music and his specialist in music degrees from the University of Michigan. Mr. Flythe’s principal tuba teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, Robert Leblanc, David Lewis, Wesley Jacobs, and Michael Sanders.

Adam Frey, United States

Adam Frey is the Artistic Director of the IEI for the past 6 years and travels the world sharing his music with audiences and students. He has commissioned more than 70 new works and arrangements as well as bringing the euphonium to orchestral audiences with his landmark recordings with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has 7 solo recordings with his newest being one of the only euphonium recordings on a major record label, Naxos. He teaches at Emory University and Georgia State University. For more information, his full biography on the Bio Tab above.

Adam Frey is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Gunnery Sargeant Mark Jenkins, US Marine Band, Principal Euphonium

Euphonium player Gunnery Sergeant Mark Jenkins “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2002. He was appointed principal and section leader in 2012.

GySgt Jenkins began his musical instruction at age 11. He graduated in 1996 from Durango High School in Las Vegas and continued his education at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studied euphonium performance with Brian Bowman and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2003. He earned a master of music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2006 and is currently pursuing his doctorate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” GySgt Jenkins was a two-time winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, and a finalist in the 2001 ITEC Euphonium Solo Competition in Finland.

In 2005, GySgt Jenkins performed as a founding member of the Marine Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Arlington, Va., and the Potomac Festival’s International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in Fairfax, Va. In 2006, the same ensemble performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Denver, Colo. He has performed as a guest soloist/clinician for the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the International Euphonium Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and the Tubonium4 at Adolphus Gustavus College in St. Peter, Minn. The quartet was also featured at the Leonard Falcone Competition 2007 and ITEC 2008 in Cincinnati. GySgt Jenkins has performed several solos with the Marine Band including the Fantasia di Concerto by Eduardo Boccalari, “Auld Lang Syne” by Simone Mantia, and as a 2010 and 2012 tour soloist Vladimir Cosma’s Euphonium Concerto. In addition to his musical duties, GySgt Jenkins serves as a crowd educator for the Friday Evening Parades held during the summer at Marine Barracks Washington.

Fritz Kaenzig, University of Michigan and Grant Park Orchestra

Fritz Kaenzig has served as principal tubist of the Florida Symphony Orchestra and as additional or substitute tubist with Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis, under such conductors as Bernstein, Haitink, Leinsdorf, Ozawa, Salonen, and Slatkin. He has recorded and performed as soloist with several of these orchestras, as well as appearing as soloist with the U.S. Air Force and Navy Bands. Since 1984, Mr. Kaenzig has been principal tubist in the Grant Park (Chicago) Orchestra during summers, which has played to capacity audiences since moving to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in 2005. Kaenzig has performed in ensembles backing up artists as widely varied as Alan Ginsberg, Luciano Pavarotti, and the Moody Blues.

As guest instructor, recitalist, soloist with ensembles, and adjudicator, Mr. Kaenzig has made appearances at many high schools, colleges, universities, conferences, and music camps throughout the United States, Korea and Japan. He received degrees from the Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with extensive studies also with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, he taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa. Mr. Kaenzig is a past president of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, now known as the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.

Mike Roylance, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Mike Roylance is Principal Tuba with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he occupies the Margaret and William C. Rousseau chair.

At Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., Roylance served on the faculty conducting the brass ensemble and directing the Pep Band. Roylance was also the professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Central Florida. After relocating to Chicago, Roylance performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the principal tubist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2001-02 season.

Prior to that, Roylance spent 15 years as a freelance musician and teacher in Orlando, Fla. He performed on tuba and electric bass in a wide genre of ensembles such as orchestras, chamber groups, Dixieland bands, big bands, and Broadway shows. He was a member of Walt Disney World's "Future Corps" and principal tubist with the Walt Disney World Orchestra. Roylance was also a member of Rosie O'Grady's Dixie-Land Jazz Band. His career also includes performances in Europe and Japan. While in Japan, he performed as a soloist and taught masterclasses. His European performances have included the Classical Festival Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, and with the Sam Rivers Rivbea Jazz Orchestra in Portugal.

Thomas Ruedi, International Soloist, Conductor and Arranger

Thomas Rüedi completed his musical education at Sheffield University. As well as studying euphonium under Phillip McCann he also devoted his attention to the fields of conducting, arranging and composition, studying under Peter Parkes and Doroll Barry. An important milestone in his career came when he was awarded first prize in the European Solo Competition for Brass Players in Munich in 1999.

His solo engagements have led Thomas Rüedi throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA. Through this work he is involved with numerous symphony orchestras, wind and brass bands. On his continual search for new tonal spheres Thomas Rüedi formed the duo „Synthesis“ together with the marimbaphone virtuoso Raphael Christen. The joint CD production „Synthesis“ and Thomas Rüedi’s solo CD „Elégie“ received international recognition.

Thomas Rüedi is euphonium tutor at the Bern University of the Arts and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts; as a guest tutor he gives many masterclasses in Europe and overseas. As an orchestral musician he plays regularly with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and in other renowned symphony orchestras. Besides his work as a soloist and teacher Thomas Rüedi is also active as conductor, arranger and composer. As a conductor he has won a number of major brass band contests (with Brassband Bürgermusik Luzern, Seeland Brass and Brass Band Berner Oberland).

Mr. Ruedi is a Besson Performing Artist.

David Thornton, Royal Northern College of Music

David Thornton is regarded as one of the foremost euphonium players and teachers of his generation and has a global reputation. His work as a soloist, conductor and educator is renowned throughout the brass playing world to have a distinct hallmark of extreme virtuosity, professionalism and an ability to connect with audiences like few others in his field.

His work within the brass band world has seen him at the top flight for already over a decade. He has held solo euphonium positions with the Fairey Band (1997-2000) and the Black Dyke Band (2000-2010) having won European, National and British Open Titles during this time. David is currently the solo euphonium player with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

Since then his success has earned him many awards, such as scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, a hatrick of solo awards at the National Euphonium Conference 1995, 1997 and 1999, first prize at the Verso Il Millenio International Euphonium Competition, but most notably as the International Euphonium Player of the Year 2001.

David is constantly working to seek out new solo repertoire in as many different guises as possible. He has given world premieres by composers such as Philip Wilby, Peter Meechan, Simon Dobson, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Peter Graham, Phillip Venables and Lucy Pankhurst.

As a recording artist David has released two solo albums. His debut CD, ‘Three Worlds’, was awarded Solo CD of the Year for 2004 by the British Bandsman magazine. In May 2007 David released his second solo album, ‘Devil’s Duel’. Furthermore, David features as a soloist on 22 different albums of band music, including ‘Epic Brass’ and ‘Jubilee Brass’ - live recordings of two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

Considering David’s relatively young age, his achievements in education are also quite remarkable. He tutors at the RNCM, the University of Huddersfield andChetham's School of Music, as well as holding visiting tutor roles at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the RWCMD. His current and former students already hold principal positions in many leading bands around the UK. David has also been a tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain, the International Brass Band Summer School (Swansea) and the Wessex Band Summer School.

David Thornton is a Sterling Performing Artist.

Caryl Conger and Magi Shumanova

Pianist, Caryl Worthington Conger, continues her passion of musical collaboration, performing regularly with wind and brass artists in recitals and conferences throughout the U. S. and abroad including the annual U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conferences and the recent ITEA conferences in Finland and Greensboro and Denver. Her special niche of interest has been her collaboration with tuba and euphonium artists including tubists, Daniel Perantoni, Patrick Sheridan, Oystein Baadsvik, Roger Bobo, and Harvey Phillips, and euphoniumists, Steve Mead, Adam Frey, Roger Behrend, and Brian Bowman.

Magdalena Shumanova was born in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria and started playing piano at the age of 4. She attended school at the Secondary Music School "Dobrin Petkov" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and was awarded the Special Faculty Award for Academic and Performance Excellence as well as soloing with the City Philharmonic Orchestra of Plovdiv playing Saint-Saens' 2nd Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. While attending school there, she studied with Julia Girginova and Svetlana Kosseva and received her diploma in Piano performance and for secondary specialized education in music and art in 2002.

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