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About Joshua DeVries

Joshua deVries is currently the Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. An award-winning tubist, Joshua deVries enjoys a diverse career as both tubist and educator. A frequently sought after performer, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Houston Ballet, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and the South Florida Philharmonic. A passionate educator, Joshua has presented lectures and masterclasses both in the U.S. and abroad to musicians at Northwestern University, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Jamaican Defense Force Band & Police Constabulary Force Bands, as well as school districts across the country.

As a soloist, Joshua was the recipient of First Place in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Competition in 2010 and was a Semi-Finalist of the Artist Division in 2013. In 2015, he was awarded the Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship given by the College Music Society and Yamaha to support an endeavor in community engagement through music. His project, The People's Brass Project, jumpstarted brass education at Chicago's only completely free music school, The People's Music School and raised over $10,000 in instruments and funds for the program. An active proponent of new music, Joshua gave the world premiere of Thomas Weaver's Sonata for Tuba and Piano in 2015, a work he commissioned.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance from Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from Northwestern University. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Studies as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Don Little. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, Ken Amis, Mike Roylance, and Bill Troiano.

Joshua currently maintains a private studio in the Dallas Fort-Worth area and is an active freelancer in the area.

Program

Rev. E.L. Knight for Solo Tuba - Douglas McRay Daniels (b. 1974)

Sonata for Tuba and Piano (2015) - Thomas Weaver (b. 1991)

I. Adagio Maestoso - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Thomas Weaver, Piano

Thomas Weaver is a New York-based composer and pianist whose active solo and chamber career has included performances in Chicago, Boston, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Tanglewood, and Germany. He has collaborated with such artists as Kenneth Radnofsky, David Amram, Elmira Darvarova, Eric Ruske, Jennifer Bill, and Klaudia Szlachta, as well as members of major symphony orchestras. Weaver is currently a member of the Amram Ensemble and the Amabile Piano Trio. A champion of new music, Weaver has premiered many new works, including works specifically written for him by composers such as David Amram and Christopher LaRosa. Weaver’s compositions have been heard throughout the United States, Japan, Austria, and Germany. His music has been programmed by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Alea III, the Mannes American Composers Ensemble, and others. In 2015, Weaver composed Sonata for Tuba and Piano for Joshua deVries, which was performed at a variety of universities and conservatories throughout the United States. Weaver holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance and composition from Mannes College, studying with Victor Rosenbaum and David Loeb. He also attended Boston University, studying piano with Anthony di Bonaventura and Pavel Nersessian and composition with Martin Amlin and Dr. John Wallace. Weaver currently is on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.