Ray Stewart, Associate Professor
About the Area:
The State University of New York at Fredonia Tuba Studio has been growing steadily
for the past decade and we welcome you to audition and join our ranks.
Providing the core of the Tuba Studio experience are weekly private lessons, 50 minutes
in length, and members in a large ensemble (band or orchestra). From there, any number
of groups can be formed on an experimental or quasi-permanent basis. Tuba quartet,
Tuba/Euphonium quartet, Brass Quintet, to name a few. Additionally, a mass Tuba and
Euphonium ensemble is formed for seasonal holiday performances in December and other
special musical events including the weekly Recital Seminar course.
Material prepared for private lessons is assigned week to week and usually consists
of a solo (chosen in consultation with me), and two contrasting etudes, one in a legato
and one in a technical style. The solo (with accompaniment) is prepared over the length
of the semester and performed for a grade in the semester’s culminating performance
- the brass jury - during finals week.
Many students in the Tuba Studio find it to be a musically rewarding experience and
use it as touchstone for further musical exploration of their ability on the tuba
and beyond. At Fredonia’s School of Music, you are limited only by your imagination!
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