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Tuba students win big at regional competition

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Tuba-Euphonium Studio returned from the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference with high rankings in solo competitions.

Jonathan Heaver, a music education major from Kansas City, Kan., placed first in the Student Solo Tuba Competition, performing two movements from the Hindemith Tuba Sonata. Doctoral student Greg Battista from Plano, Texas, received second prize in the Artist Level Tuba Solo Competition, performing the prelude from the Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite. Both students are in their first year of study at KU with professor Scott Watson.

The KU Tuba Euphonium Consort also joined forces with KU alumnus David Daussat for a performance of John Stevens’ “Legend of Sysyphus.” The group then joined up with students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri Western University to perform an evening concert as the Thunder All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, conducted by professors Thomas Stein of UMKC, Lee Harrelson of Missouri Western and Watson. Watson also performed as a member of the Twisted Steel Quartet and as conductor of the Faculty All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.

Members of the KU Tuba Euphonium Consort are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names, previous school attended and instrument.

From Winchester 66097
Matthew Colton Moore, sophomore in music education; Monte and Shawna Moore; Jefferson County North High School; euphonium

From Haven 67543
Kyle Jeffrey Stringer, sophomore in music therapy; Jeff and Lisa Stringer; Haven High School; euphonium

From Kansas City 66101
Jonathan William Heaver, freshman in music education; William and Michele Heaver; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights, Mich.; tuba

From Morgan Hill 95037
Ravil A. Atlas II, senior in tuba performance; Robin Church; Abraham Lincoln High School, San Jose, Calif.; tuba

From Golden 80401
Laura Brandreth Potter, doctoral student in musical arts; bachelor’s degree from University of Memphis; tuba

From West Monroe 71291
Charles W. Page, doctoral student in musical arts; bachelor’s degrees from University of Missouri and University of Southern Mississippi; tuba

From Apple Valley 55124
Amber Kate Thoennes, freshman in music education; Allan and Valerie Thoennes; Apple Valley High School; euphonium

From Plano 75025
Gregory Charles Battista, doctoral student in musical arts; master’s degree from University of Arkansas; bachelor's degree from University of Michigan; euphonium

From Gurabo
Rafael J. Morales Acevedo, master’s student in music; bachelor’s degree from Conservatory Music Puerto Rico; tuba

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