Euphonium, and Tuba students receive weekly private lessons with one of VCU Music’s low brass specialists — Ross Walter and Robert Ellithorpe. Students also are involved in a weekly master class that gives them opportunities to perform and learn to critique performances of their peers. Each semester, students perform in studio recitals and brass chamber music recitals.
Performing ensembles give our students the opportunity to develop all aspects of low brass playing. Students in the low brass studio perform as part of the VCU Low Brass Ensemble, tuba-euphonium quartets, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and, occasionally, a jazz ensemble. In addition to performance opportunities on campus, nearly all of our students are involved as professional musicians in performances at community events, festivals, receptions and in churches. The vibrant and active musical culture of Richmond provides a wide variety of experiences for euphonium performers.
The low brass studio has been fortunate to host a number of outstanding euphonium artists in recent years. These guest artists provide clinics and performances that help students see the art of euphonium playing from many different perspectives. The concerts and master classes are also free and open to the public.