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JUNE 26 – JULY 10, 2021

Open to euphonium and tuba students ages 14 to 23, Eastern Music Festival's two-week Euphonium Tuba Institute offers in-depth summer study in an outstanding musical environment that inspires and enriches growth and excitement in every participant. Join our world-class faculty Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall in a unique experience where participants will focus on technique, musicality, audition preparation, large ensemble section playing, chamber music, and effective practice habits. 

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Private Study
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The individualized instruction each participant receives from the faculty is a core component of the program. Whether it be preparing repertoire for competitions or college auditions or starting new repertoire, this one-on-one time will be focused on the participant's wants and needs.

Classes & Seminars
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The EMF Euphonium Tuba Institute will feature multiple classes and seminars focusing on a variety of topics such as developing a routine, technique classes on sound, dynamics, articulation and register development.  Participants will participate in daily master classes, learn about orchestral and military band auditions and even have a chance to visit with instrument/mouthpiece makers. 

Master Classes & Chamber Music
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Multiple times a week, students will participate in faculty-led master classes.  There will also be opportunities for a few students to perform in a public master class.

All participants rehearse and perform with the Euphonium/Tuba ensemble as well as with smaller groups.

Euphonium Tuba Institute Solo Competition
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Open to all euphonium and tuba participants in Eastern Music Festival’s two-week Institute, the solo competition winners (1 euphonium and 1 tuba) will be featured performers on a recital with Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall during the Festival and each winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

To audition for the competition, you must submit a video recording of the work listed below. It needs to be uploaded to your EMF Application for the Euphonium Tuba Institute. The winners will be notified prior to the start of the Festival.

Euphonium Applicants:
Christopher Wiggins - Soliloquy XI

Tuba Applicants:
Krzysztof Penderecki - Capriccio for Solo Tuba

Concerts & Recitals
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Euphonium and Tuba Institute participant will attend numerous euphonium/tuba concerts and recitals featuring faculty and fellow program participants. They also have access to all of the Festival's acclaimed orchestra and chamber music performances.

Sample Daily Schedule
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7:30-8:30 Breakfast
9:15-10:15       Warm-Up Class             
10:30-11:30 Technique Class or Rehearsal Visit
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Master Class or Topic Discussion
3:30-5:00 Quartet and Large Ensemble Rehearsal
5:30-6:30 Dinner/Free Time
6:30-7:30 Private Lessons or Individual Practice
8:00 Recital or Concert
Euphonium and Tuba Faculty
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Known worldwide for his signature sound and overt musicality, Demondrae has brought his remarkable skills to light as a soloist, educator, chamber musician, and conductor. As a frequently invited guest at many of the world's most noted festivals and conferences for Low Brass, his voice-like timbre reaches everyone in his audience. In addition to performing with many of the finest orchestras in the United States, Chamber Music is an integral component of Demondrae's career. Has performed on euphonium and trombone with the Philadelphia Big Brass, Proteus 7, Dallas Brass, and the Youngblood Brass Band- but his most celebrated collaboration is as first euphonium with the Sotto Voce Quartet. Demondrae has released three solo recordings, all of which have received stellar reviews. His latest album, Snapshots, received the Silver Medal for Best Album by Global Music Awards.

Currently, Demondrae is Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The position was created for him to utilize his specific skills and expertise in euphonium and brass chamber music. He is also serves on the faculty of Samford University and has given masterclasses and clinics at many of the world's leading colleges and universities for low brass. 

Demondrae Thurman is a Miraphone Performing Artist and plays exclusively the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador Edition euphonium which was designed specifically for him.  He also plays the custom Demondrae model mouthpiece manufactured by Warburton Music Products and is a Shires Trombone Performing Artist.

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With his orchestral playing praised as "a rock-solid foundation" and his solo playing described as being "remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy", Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra and the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost School of Music - University of Miami. In the summers he teaches at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he also serves as Principal Tuba with the EMF Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

Aaron has served as the acting principal tubist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, held the principal tuba position with the Aspen Festival Orchestra where he was an orchestral fellow, and has collaborated as guest tubist with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Opera and Ballet Orchestra - Milan Italy, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Australia, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a frequent soloist, guest artist/clinician, and orchestral tubist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured at all of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences since 2006, performed in England with the National Champion Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, and his solo playing has been heard on NPR's "Performance Today" radio show.

Tindall has been a prizewinner of many competitions (solo & chamber) across the world. He has also been a two-time finalist in the prestigious Concert Artist Guild Competition, and released three highly acclaimed solo recordings; Transformations (Awarded two 2017 Global Music Awards), This is My House...(Awarded two 2015 Global Music Awards), and Songs of Ascent.

Aaron is an International Yamaha Performing Artist, and a Denis Wick - London artist and design specialist, having recently designed their complete Ultra Range AT signature series tuba mouthpieces.

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Room & Board
Fees (health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key And Security)

A $500 non-refundable reservation deposit (applied toward tuition) will be due 2 weeks after acceptance notification is received to reserve a place at EMF. The remaining balance is due May 14, 2021.

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Participants who are between the ages of 14 and 23 may opt to live in the residence halls on the Guilford College campus. Residents are housed in traditional dormitory style buildings with two people per room. Meals are served in the Guilford College dining hall.

Participants who choose to live off campus, or are over the age of 23, will be responsible for their own housing and meals.

How to Apply
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  1. Complete the Euphonium  Tuba Institute Application. All applicants must complete the Institute Application (available online at The deadline for receipt of completed applications and video recordings is February 21, 2021.
  2. Upload your Audition Materials. All applicants must submit a short biography (250 words or less) which includes public master classes, competitions and ensemble experience, and the required music files which must be uploaded through our Acceptd portal. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Acceptd will be $35 prior to January 1, 2021, and $75 thereafter. Call (336) 333-7450 x 227 for additional details.