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About Phil Sinder

Philip Sinder is professor of tuba and euphonium at the Michigan State University College of Music. His students are found in performance and teaching positions throughout the United States, and have won awards in numerous performance competitions. He has performed with many leading ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Houston Symphony. He is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and also performs frequently with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and MSU's Beaumont Brass Quintet. His solo tuba recording, “Aerodynamics,” has received strong critical acclaim, and he has performed on more than 15 other ensemble recordings. He has also commissioned/premiered over a dozen works featuring tuba. Sinder served as an associate editor for the “New Tuba Source Book” (2006), published by Indiana University Press. He currently serves as chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, and since 2005 has been a Valade Teaching Fellow at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Sinder earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University. - See more at: http://www.music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/philip#sthash.SV3srwv2.dpuf

Recipient of the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Association Teaching Award

The Board of Directors of the International Tuba Euphonium Association is pleased to announce that Phil Sinder, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Michigan State University, is the recipient of the 2nd annual ITEA Teaching Award.

Prof. Sinder has served on the faculty of the Michigan State University College of Music since 1982. He has been responsible for the musical training of countless undergraduate and graduate tuba and euphonium majors, including more than 20 who have gone on to become faculty members in higher education. Letters of nomination and support alluded to his dedication to his students, consistency in producing classes of high-achieving performers and teachers, and his “clear, effective, motivating, supportive, and demanding” teaching. Prof. Sinder was previously recognized with the John and Dortha Withrow Excellence in Teaching Citation at Michigan State University. In addition to his duties at MSU, Prof. Sinder serves as a Valade Fellow at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp.

Prof. Sinder is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and serves as President of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, having served on the board of that festival since 1992. He has also served as coordinator of the TUBA/ITEA Composition Contest, and was an Associate Editor of the New Tuba Source Book (Indiana University Press, 2006). He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, PC) and Wichita State University (MM).

The ITEA Teaching Award is presented annually to an ITEA member who has been teaching for at least 10 years. Letters of nomination are submitted accompanied by letters of support from current and former students and professional colleagues. Members of the ITEA Board of Directors review the submitted materials and vote to determine the recipient. The inaugural (2016) recipient of the ITEA Teaching Award was Prof. David Zerkel, of the University of Georgia

Recital Program

Incurzion for Tuba and Prerecorded Sounds (1995)                Curtis Olson
    1. Allegro Vivace

Concerto for Tuba (2007)                                                      Matthew Schoendorff
    1. Hesitantly/Free-flowing

Berceuse, Op. 19                                                                    Jean-Michel Damase

The Death of Tybalt, from Romeo and Juliet                           Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Vernon