SOMD students hit high notes on the international stage

Members of the SOMD low brass DuckTet performing

With notable wins at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference and selections accepted into the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music Conference, students at the UO School of Music and Dance continue to earn recognition on the world stage.

“This was an unprecedented achievement for an Oregon group. To finish ahead of 29 other quartets from around the globe is outstanding,” said Mike Grose, the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the SOMD. “DuckTet is in elite company; being on the winners’ platform with a group from the United Kingdom and one from New York is outstanding.”

While low brass was winning at the tuba conference in Tennessee, Future Music Oregon students studying at the music school’s Intermedia Music Technology Center are raising the school’s profile as a leader in music technology.

“To be accepted to such prestigious conferences is an honor and an opportunity for these students to be inspired by innovative music from all over the world,” said Jeff Stolet, professor of music technology and director of Future Music Oregon. “The conferences will help students network with new international colleagues and friends as well as showcase their own talents.”

This latest success adds to the growing list of awards the School of Music and Dance has gathered in the past few years.

“This experience has given our students an excellent lesson in how committing oneself to the art and each other will result in success. I couldn’t be more proud of them for what they have accomplished this year,” Grose said.

For an in-depth review of the recent achievements, see “In the Spotlight on an International Stage” on the School of Music and Dance website.

By Erin Zysett, School of Music and Dance