FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts 304-696-3296
Marshall students are finalists in international competition this weekend
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall music students Brianna Williams, euphonium, and Tyler Davis, tuba, have been selected as finalists in the Artist Division of the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference solo competition. They will perform at Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday, April 20.
Williams is a graduate student in her first year of work toward the master’s degree in music performance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Marshall and studies with Dr. Michael Stroeher. Williams has previously won the Marshall University Concerto Competition and the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition. She also was a finalist at the Southeastern Regional Tuba-Euphonium competition in 2011.
Davis is a junior music education student who studies tuba with Dr. George Palton. He recently won both the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition and the Marshall University Concerto Competition.
“This is a big deal,” Stroeher, who is professor of trombone and euphonium at Marshall, said. “There are contestants in this competition from the top schools like Julliard, Eastman, Curtis, North Texas … and from as far away as Austria and Switzerland. The fact that our students are performing at that level is pretty extraordinary.”
Williams credits the Marshall music program for her success.
“It's an exciting opportunity to perform at a conference of this magnitude and compete against euphonium players from high caliber music schools,” Williams said. “It's also a testament to our music faculty that two of the twelve finalists are Marshall students. I look forward to representing Marshall and showing the tuba-euphonium world what our music department is capable of accomplishing.”