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GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble Performs in Europe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2012

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-7361ext. 6390
Bob.edwards@glenville.edu

Glenville, WV—The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble are talking about their recent performance at the 2012 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria. This was the third consecutive ITEC performance by the GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. The group was also invited to perform at the prestigious conference in 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio and 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.

“Being invited to the ITEC is a major honor. For our ensemble to be invited to each of the past three conferences speaks volumes about the quality of our student musicians at Glenville State College,” said Lloyd Bone Jr., GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair.

The GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble performed in Austria this summer. Pictured left to right; Brittany Lott, Jonathan Reid, Seth Stemple, Ryan Deems, and Travis Truax.

The GSC ensemble was one of about twenty collegiate ensembles from around the world that were invited to this bi-annual conference, which is the largest conference in the low brass discipline in the world.

The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble is comprised of undergraduate Music Education majors and undergraduate Bachelor of Music majors. The ensemble has performed in a wide variety of brass chamber music concerts on the Glenville State College campus and around West Virginia.  In addition to their performances at the ITEC, the group also was invited to the 2007 United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C.  Bone is in his eighth year conducting the GSC ensemble.

Members of the GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble who made the trip to the 2012 ITEC in Linz, Austria are: alumni Ryan Deems of Clarksburg (Harrison
County), West Virginia, alumni Travis Truax of Saint Marys (Pleasants County), West Virginia, sophomore Brittany Lott of Petersburg (Grant County), West Virginia, sophomore Seth Stemple of Fairmont (Marion County), freshman Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek (Raleigh County), West Virginia.

The trip encompassed eleven days including travel to and from Austria. The GSC group also toured Vienna and Salzburg, Austria including: Mozart’s family home where he wrote most his masterpieces, his birth place, an historic castle, and Saint Steven’s Cathedral.

Junior Voice and Music Education major Seth Stemple came to GSC to study voice under GSC Assistant Professor of Music Teresa Dody. The trip to Austria was Stemple’s first time to travel by plane. “This was a once in a lifetime experience for me. I had tears in my eyes when we visited Saint Steven’s Cathedral and got to see a rehearsal of Mozart’s Requiem. Mozart is my favorite composer, and I hope to sing his music professionally,” said Stemple.

GSC junior Brittany Lott (right) with Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

“The conference enhanced my respect for Euphonium and Tuba musicians. I got to meet Sergio Carolina of Portugal who is destined to be a star in the next generation of tuba players. He is really good looking too,” said Brittany Lott of Petersburg (Grant County), West Virginia. Lott is a junior Music Education major. “I was planning on enrolling at Shepherd University, but my plans changed when I met Professor Bone when he was a guest director of our high school honor band. He made a great impression on me. I am very happy with my decision to become a Pioneer. Glenville State College is where I belong! When I become a music teacher, I will be able to use the experiences that I had on the trip to Austria to teach my students about different cultures. The entire trip was a wonderful opportunity,” she said.

Tuba player John Reid of Beckley (Raleigh County), West Virginia is a sophomore Music Education major. This was his first travel outside the United States.” The entire experience was tremendous. The atmosphere was very friendly and comfortable. The highlight of the trip for me was sitting next to Oystein Baadsvik, arguably the best tuba soloist in the world, on the plane ride home. We had a long conversation about tuba performances. I hope we are invited to perform at the next ITEC in 20014,” said Reid.

In addition to performing at the ITEC June 20-23, the GSC Ensemble was also invited to play at the ‘Austria Festival of Nature’ along the banks of the beautiful Danube River in Linz.

“These GSC students represented our school at an amazingly high level. I received many compliments on how well our students performed and how seriously they approached the entire conference. Their landmark performance of adding vocals to euphonium and tuba pieces was very well received by everyone. I could not be more proud of this group,” said Bone.

For more information the ITEC or the GSC Fine Arts Department, contact Bone at Lloyd.Bone@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6341.

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