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2017 ITEA Teaching Award Recipient: Phil Sinder

The Board of Directors of the International Tuba Euphonium Association is pleased to announce that Phil Sinder, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Michigan State University, is the recipient of the 2nd annual ITEA Teaching Award.

Prof. Sinder has served on the faculty of the Michigan State University College of Music since 1982. He has been responsible for the musical training of countless undergraduate and graduate tuba and euphonium majors, including more than 20 who have gone on to become faculty members in higher education. Letters of nomination and support alluded to his dedication to his students, consistency in producing classes of high-achieving performers and teachers, and his “clear, effective, motivating, supportive, and demanding” teaching. Prof. Sinder was previously recognized with the John and Dortha Withrow Excellence in Teaching Citation at Michigan State University. In addition to his duties at MSU, Prof. Sinder serves as a Valade Fellow at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Prof. Sinder is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and serves as President of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, having served on the board of that festival since 1992. He has also served as coordinator of the TUBA/ITEA Composition Contest, and was an Associate Editor of the New Tuba Source Book (Indiana University Press, 2006). He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, PC) and Wichita State University (MM).

The ITEA Teaching Award is presented annually to an ITEA member who has been teaching for at least 10 years. Letters of nomination are submitted accompanied by letters of support from current and former students and professional colleagues. Members of the ITEA Board of Directors review the submitted materials and vote to determine the recipient. The inaugural (2016) recipient of the ITEA Teaching Award was Prof. David Zerkel, of the University of Georgia.