On April 18th, Professor John Manning and students in the tuba/euphonium studio presented a four-hour workshop for dozens of students and music educators from the Cedar Rapids area. The event was hosted by Chris Bird, at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, and included a warm-up class, a master class, free lessons, and a studio recital. With the assistance of Cedar Rapids School District Music Facilitator Melissa Summers, the event was a great success.
This marks the second year for what Professor Manning calls the “TubaHawks Workshop”. The workshop is designed to educate young students on improving their technique and musicality, as well serving as a community outreach and recruitment project. “We had a great turnout,” said Manning, “I am very proud of my students, who each performed as either soloists, chamber musicians, and in Collegium Tubum. They sounded fantastic, and I think they made a very positive impression on the younger students. An added benefit, both for the attendees and my own students, was that private and group lessons were given in the middle of the day. I think it helped make the day more personal for the young students, and the members of the University of Iowa Tuba-Euphonium Studio gained valuable teaching experience.”
All participants received a free CD, a special “TubaHawks” stickers and information about the University of Iowa and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Last year, the workshop was presented in Des Moines, at the Palace of Fine Arts. Next year, Manning intends to hold the workshop in the Quad Cities. The “TubaHawks Workshop” was sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Music and Arts Share provided transportation.