Marshall’s tuba ensemble joins with three others to premiere new work at international conference

GeorgePaltonThe tuba euphonium ensembles of Marshall University, the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Eastman School of Music in New York will premiere a commissioned piece at the International Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Conference on Friday, May 23, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

This is the first year Marshall’s Tuba Euphonium Ensemble has been invited to the conference sponsored by the International Tuba Euphonium Association, according to Dr. George Palton, instructor of tuba and euphonium.

“It’s been a long, long road to get here,” said Palton. “The four ensembles joined to raise the funds to commission ‘The Dark Chocolate Suite,’ an original piece by Barbara York.”

In addition to the cost of the commission, funds for the students to attend the conference were raised through student contributions, fundraisers sponsored by the Marshall University chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and a contribution from the College of Arts and Media.

“Our students really worked hard to raise the money,” Palton said. “We held fundraisers throughout the year like ‘tuba valentines’ and this conference was our main goal.”

A mix of 10 students and community members make up the Marshall ensemble. In addition to the three other ensembles in the premiere, groups from institutions like the University of Michigan and Louisiana State, Texas Tech and Baylor universities also will perform at the conference.

Palton himself will be performing solo with the premiere of “Perpetuum Mobile,” an original work by Dr. Mark Zanter, professor of theory and composition at Marshall.

“Contributing new compositions to our medium is very important,” Palton said. “The conference overall is a wonderful experience for our studio, because they’ll be able to hear the top tuba euphonium players from around the world.”

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Photo: Dr. George Palton leads the Marshall Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, which will appear at the International Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Conference on Friday, May 23.