Zach Collins and eight members of the IUP Tuba and Euphonium Studio traveled to the 2018 International Euphonium Tuba Festival (IET), held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, June 17–23.
The 2018 IET Festival was the 15th anniversary of the event, hosted by euphonium soloist and teacher Adam Frey at Emory University. The annual festival features a roster of international euphonium and tuba performers and teachers. Participants hear performances by the guest artists and have the opportunity to take individual lessons and be coached in chamber music by the artists.
This year’s roster of guest artists included:
The IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble is the first college ensemble to be invited as a featured ensemble at the festival. The group performed a concert highlighted by a new composition by junior music major Logan Carnes and a composition and an arrangement by Collins. The students also performed in the IET Mass Ensemble (with 130 members), Nighthawk and Eagle Ensembles (each with 60 ensembles), and small ensembles with four to six performers. Carnes also performed a solo on a participant recital.
In addition to conducing the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, Collins taught lessons, coached chamber ensembles, led two warm-up classes, gave a master class, spoke on a careers panel led the Nighthawk Ensemble, and performed as a soloist on three recitals. His solo performances featured works by IUP alumni Jim Self (BSEd 1965) and Anthony O’Toole (BA 2011). In addition to his compositions performed by the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, Collins’ composition “Angle East” was performed by the Nighthawk Ensemble, and the world premiere of his composition “Crystalline” was performed by the Eagle Ensemble.
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