The American Church in
Paris & The Franco-American Community Center
UTC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble to Tour Paris, France
It's not every day that an ensemble from Chattanooga tours in Europe—but
in the second week of March, there will be an exception, thanks
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
The Ensemble is the first instrumental group from the University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga to perform in Europe since the University
of Chattanooga became a state university more than three decades
ago. The ensemble will perform three times in France, twice in downtown
Paris and once at the Place de la Republique in northeastern Paris,
and members will also attend a brass class at the world-renowned
Paris Conservatory taught by Phillippe Fritsch.
Music professor and ensemble director Dr. William R. Lee started
the ensemble in 1984 at the suggestion of UTC music students. "This
type of ensemble began in the 1960s and now exists in every cultural
capital in the world, and in most universities and music conservatories,
from Japan to Germany. Tennessee virtually invented it. The state
is so prominent in the tuba world that it is not unusual to find
an American, sometimes a Tennesseean, playing tuba in professional
orchestras in Europe," Lee said.
"We are trying to help students become better performers, teachers,
church musicians, and professors," Lee said. He explained how
the ensemble helps develop students into better musicians by providing
additional practice in developing rehearsal, arranging and composing
skills. "Several of our students have become excellent composers
and arrangers, and going to Europe to see where it all started doesn't
hurt!" he said.
Lee is no stranger to composing music, as he has a degree in composition
in addition to a doctorate in music education, and has published
several musical works. He is best known, he says, for teacher education
and scholarship, as he has more than fifty publications in the history
of music education and in educational policy. "My heart always
pulls me back to ensemble conducting and to teaching students, however,"
Featured works on the concert will be solos by Ken Doyal, a UTC
post-bac euphonium player and arranger, and euphoniumist Daryl Finley,
a UTC graduate student in performance who will play Rimsky-Korsakov's
"Flight of the Bumblebee," arranged for Finley and the
ensemble by Doyal. The program will include works by Lee, John Stevens,
Gabrieli, Mozart, Vaughn-Williams, Alford, Fauré, and Mouret.
Lee stated that the ensemble has had great support from the department
head, Dr. Jocelyn Sanders and from the community. A recent large
gift to the university, the Lupton Fund, made it possible for the
Music Department to purchase two new euphoniums, the first new instruments
of this kind in two decades. The new instruments made a dramatic
difference, Lee said.
For more information about the UTC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, please
call the UTC Music Department at 423-425-4601.