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The ITEA Board of Directors needs your help! We want to recognize an outstanding teacher with the 2018 ITEA Teaching Award, but we need members to nominate deserving recipients. Nominations have been re-opened and will continue to be accepted through: February 15, 2018 11:59 PM.

Any nominators who submitted nominations should have received confirmation of materials receipt. If you did not receive confirmation, please immediately contact us to confirm receipt of the nomination materials! Please contact ITEA President Kevin Wass (

Today's date is 2018-02-25 (1519601720).

Nominations are now closed.


· Candidate must be a member of ITEA in good standing
· Candidate must be nominated by at least one of the following:
1. Colleague
2. Current Student
3. Former Student


1. Minimum of 10 years of teaching euphonium and/or tuba on a regular basis
2. Has not previously been a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (but can be nominated for that award in the future)
3. Cannot be a current member of the ITEA Board of Directors


Nominations must include the following materials:

1. A cover letter written by the nominator outlining the reasoning for the nomination
2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume
3. At least one but no more than five supporting letters from colleagues
4. At least one but no more than five supporting letters from current students
5. At least one but no more than five supporting letters from former students

The nominator will assemble all materials and submit as a single document (PDF preferred)


· The ITEA Teaching Award will be awarded yearly to one individual beginning with ITEC 2016.

· The Nomination form will be available on the ITEA website. The portal for submitting all nominating materials will be administered by the ITEA web editor.

· The Vice-President/President-elect will be in charge of accepting the nominations and, with the help of the web editor, administering the examination of nominee materials and the voting process by the Board.

· All current members of the ITEA Board of Directors will have the opportunity to review all submitted materials for each candidate and will cast a ballot for one individual during the approved timeline for each award.

· During the biannual ITEC, the winner will be announced formally at the awards ceremony. During the regional ITEC years, the winner will be announced in the program and appropriate live venue of each regional ITEC (except for any regional ITEC held before ballots are cast). That winner will also be recognized at the next ITEC awards ceremony.

· All submitted materials become the property of ITEA and will not be returned or acknowledged.

· The ITEA Board of Directors reserves the right to eliminate candidates with incomplete material submitted or withhold the award in any given year if no suitable candidate is found.


· May 1-December 15 open process for nominations on the ITEA web site

· December 15-February 1: Full Board of Directors votes on nominees prior to the regional or international ITEC. Votes will be tallied by the Vice-President/President Elect, and the awardee's name will be forwarded to the Vice-President/President-Elect. The Vice-President will inform the awardee and include the announcement in the Awards Banquet program or (in Regional Conference years) inform the awardee and each of the Regional Conference hosts, who will recognize the awardee in a venue wherein the majority of Regional Conference attendees will be present, in addition to recognition in the conference program.

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.

2016 ITEA Teaching Award Recipient: David Zerkel

The Board of Directors of the International Tuba Euphonium Association awarded the first annual ITEA Teaching Award to Professor David Zerkel, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia.

David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has performed with the Burning River Brass. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, D.C.

David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Conference. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. His first solo CD, American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording at the 2006 ITEC in Denver, Colorado. His subsequent CD, Tuba Helper, was a Bobo finalist in 2008.

David’s students have enjoyed numerous musical and professional successes. Currently, each premiere military band in Washington DC has an alumni of the UGA Tuba Euphonium Studio among its’ ranks. He has had multiple winners in the Leonard Falcone Competition, the solo competition of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the national Music Teachers National Association solo competition. Alumni from the studio have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Many others are leading successful teaching careers at the secondary and post-secondary level.

David is a former Presidentof the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

University of Georgia Tuba-Euphonium Studio Website

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