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ITEC 2016 University of Tennessee Knoxville Kelly Thomas International Tuba 
Euphonium Association

ITEC 2016: Foundations in Pedagogy

ITEC Program

Newly-posted: Important FAQ/Information for ITEC 2016

We hope you will join us for an outstanding international conference on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. We received a record number of proposals for master classes, recitals, and presentations, and will kick off festivities early afternoon on Monday, May 30 with a recital featuring Gene Pokorny of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The evening concert features Øystein Baadsvik and Ben Pierce, followed by Tubalaté celebrating twenty-five years of music and education.

In addition to performances, there will be instrument displays, music, and other vendors. Master classes and panel discussions will be held daily on a variety of topics. Bring your instrument, as each day begins with a warm-up session. Recreational players, please consider joining the Low Blowers ensemble conducted by Cale Self.

Other evening performances feature Jim Self, Sergio Carolino, Roland Szentpali, and Joe Murphy and the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. Saturday night concludes with the River City Brass Band featuring soloists Aaron Tindall, Neal Corwell, Matthew van Emmerik, and Steven Mead.

Following the featured evening concert on campus, we conclude each night with informal performances at the After Dark events at the conference hotel, the Knoxville Marriott. Performers will include the United States Marine Band Jazz Combo, the New Acoustic Metal Experiment, Mercury Orkestar, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, FivE, Steve Call, Matt Owen, and Marc Dickman.

Thursday evening is the traditional formal dinner and award ceremony. Please join us that evening as we present our highest honors and pay tribute to those we have lost.

ITEC 2016 is shaping up to be a great conference, and we hope you will be a part of it. Registration is now open at the ITEA website with discounts for registering before April 1. See you in Knoxville!

Conference Staff

Kenyon Wilson, Conferences Coordinator, Member of the ITEA Exectuive Committee

Kenyon Wilson is the Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Principal Tubist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in Alabama and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia. His past teaching positions include full-time appointments at Central Michigan University, Valdosta State University in Georgia, and the Baku Music Academy in Azerbaijan where he served as a Lecturing Fulbright Scholar. He has performed recitals in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. Dr. Wilson holds degrees from the University of Georgia, Baylor University, and Tennessee Technological University.

He contributed a chapter to the Guide to Tuba Repertoire: The New Tuba Source Book. He has several published compositions and arrangements, and in 2008 his music was the subject of an article in the Arts Section of the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Wilson serves on the Board of Directors for the International Tuba/Euphonium Association.

Genevieve Clarkson, ITEC 2016 Conference Manager

Genevieve Clarkson is currently a doctoral candidate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She now resides in Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance performer, educator, and clinician.

She has won a variety of awards and recognition for her solo playing. In 2005, she was a semi-finalist in the Falcone Young Artist Tuba Competition, and the next year she was runner-up in the ITEA Young Artist Tuba Competition in Denver. Recently, Genevieve was a semi-finalist in the Falcone Tuba Artist competition and the ITEA Artist Tuba Competitions, as well as a finalist in the Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition. She is a member of ITEA, International Women's Brass Conference, College Music Society, and Phi Kappa Lambda.

Chris Combest, ITEC 2016 Competitions Coordinator

Praised by The Brass Bridge as having a "wonderful sense of musicianship and virtuosic technique," Chris Combest is Principal Tubist with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and Ash Lawn Opera and is a freelance musician in the Dallas, Texas area. He has held faculty teaching appointments at Indiana University Southeast, the University of Texas San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

Former tubist with the Louisville Orchestra, Dr. Combest has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, The U.S. Army Field Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Orchestra Kentucky, the Illinois Symphony, Tulsa Opera, the Allen Symphony, Longview Symphony and artists including Michael Feinstein, John Williams and Audra McDonald. He also appears on recordings for National Public Radio, the BBC, and Disney and can be heard on the Polyphonic and Albany music labels.

As a guest artist and clinician, Dr. Combest presents recitals and residencies actively throughout the United States and has been an adjudicator at major solo competitions including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-tuba Competition, the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) and has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (2014, 2012) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C. (2011).

Widely recognized as an avid champion of new music for the tuba and euphonium, Dr. Combest has participated in numerous consortiums and commissions that draw upon established composers such as John Stevens, James Stephenson, Ethan Wickman, James Grant and Rodney Newton. Recently, he was invited as a performer to the International Fellowship of Composers, Conductors and Collaborators (IFC3) at the University of Oregon beginning June 2015.

Dr. Combest serves on the board for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Competition and is a Life Member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association where he serves as Competitions Coordinator and as Associate Editor for the ITEA Journal. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois and also holds additional degrees from the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University.

Chris Combest is a Buffet Group USA Artist and Clinician performing on Meinl Weston and B&S instruments.

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