Student Success — Kate Wohlman, tuba

Photo courtesy of Kate Elizabeth Allen

Photo courtesy of Kate Elizabeth Allen

Doctoral student Kate Wohlman won first place in the “Artist Tuba” competition at the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held May 3-5 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The prize included $550 in gift certificates and cash and the required repertoire included Dancing King by Jesse Ayers, Capriccio for Solo Tuba by Krzysztof Penderecki and Serenade No. 12 for Solo Tuba by Vincent Persichetti.

In addition to her success in the competition, Kate presented a lecture based on her recently completed Doctoral thesis entitled Ear-tudes: An Ear Training Method for the Collegiate Tubist and performed with the All-Star Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. Kate was the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship and served as the graduate teaching assistant for the UI Tuba Euphonium studio. Kate has completed her DMA degree and will be graduating in May 2013.

Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar Application Deadline March 1st

The application deadline for the 2013Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar is Friday, March 1st. University of Iowa students who are interested in applying after that deadline should notify Professor Manning as soon as possible for an extension.

Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar at MIT

The seminar takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology from July 21 to August 2, 2013. The seminar includes several hours of coaching each day, masterclasses, open rehearsals, plug-ins, performance classes, instrument classes and recitals by the Triton Brass Quintet, the Atlantic Brass Quintet and the Tritantic Brass Ensemble. Tuition is $1400 for the two weeks and housing is $780 for a single room or $528 for a double room.

For more information about the seminar and to apply on line, please visit the seminar website.

Brass Chamber Music

If you are a brass student interested in taking chamber music for credit this semester, please contact Professor Manning. Groups must be established by the end of this week and coachings should commence by next week (the third week of classes). The complete text of the syllabus reads:


025:190:002 Brass Chamber Music

Professor John Manning

UCC 3758



All brass chamber music groups must be established by the third week of the semester, if not earlier. A complete list of the members’ names, instruments, emails and phone numbers must be submitted to Professor Manning by the second week of school to have a coach assigned. Group members must meet to determine three common times amongst their weekly schedules (one for a coaching, one for rehearsals, and one alternate time.) Professor Manning will make every attempt to coach all brass chamber music groups his schedule will accommodate, but will not be available to coach groups after 5:00 pm or on weekends. Graduate teaching assistants may be assigned to coach some brass chamber groups. If individual students or incomplete groups are interested in taking brass chamber music for credit, notify Professor Manning and he will attempt to assist you in completing a group.


Each chamber ensemble is responsible for performing at least twice during the semester. The first performance is to be presented on campus, either in the music school or for an on-campus University event. The second must be presented off campus, in the local community (school, church, hospital, etc.) If a faculty member cannot be present at the performance, a program, photo or letter verifying the performance must be submitted to the coach by the end of the semester. Additionally, all brass chamber music groups may be required to perform (10-15 minutes of music) at the Brass Chamber Music Concert near during the semester.


Each member of the ensemble is expected to practice his or her individual part to an appropriate level as to be prepared for each rehearsal and coaching. Additionally, the ensemble is responsible for a minimum of two hours of rehearsal between each coaching, showing significant progress and preparation of the assigned music. It is recommended that the ensemble schedule one two-hour rehearsal per week, but, if necessary, the ensemble may schedule two one-hour rehearsals. Coachings are one hour weekly.


Repertoire is to be determined by members of the ensemble and is subject to the consultation and approval of the coach. The ensemble is responsible for obtaining all music and photocopies are not acceptable for performance. Music must be either borrowed from the library, a faculty member, or purchased by a member of the chamber ensemble. Whenever possible, the score must also be made available to the coach and each member of the ensemble must have a copy of the score. The ensemble will keep track of the original score throughout the semester and each member of the ensemble is responsible for score-study and marking their parts with necessary cues.


Attendance is mandatory for all rehearsals and coachings. If there is a conflict, all members of the ensemble and the coach must be notified no less than 24 hours in advance. Regular times must be established for weekly rehearsals and coachings.

A designated member of the student ensemble is responsible for reserving appropriate rooms for all rehearsals and coachings.


Grades will be based on preparation, effort, improvement, attendance and two performances (see requirements above). Teamwork and cooperation are essential to the success of any organization, and will be taken into account for determining the final grade of each student. Student ensembles are expected to resolve all musical, personal, and logistical conflicts to ensure the success of the chamber group. At least three members of any quintet/quartet must be taking chamber music for credit. All members of the chamber group, once established, are committed to the group for the duration of the semester, regardless of whether the course is audited or taken for credit.

Course Numbers

The correct course number for brass chamber music (brass quintets, quartets) is 025:190:002. The other two courses listed under “Wind Chamber Music” with similar course numbers are 025:190:010 (Brass Choir) and 025:190:012 (Collegium Tubum Tuba Euphonium Ensemble). Please be sure to sign up for the correct section.

Area Brass Semiar – 11/29/12

On November 29th, the UI Brass Area enjoyed another area-wide seminar. The seminar was held in the atrium of the Music West Interim Building from 12:30 to 1:20. The performers included:

  1. Old Capitol Brass Quintet
  2. Undergraduate Trombone Quartet (newly named the “Half-Plaid Quartet”)
  3. Jiffani Dill Tuba Euphonium Quartet (named after the combination of the names; Jayna, Tiffani, Danny and Will)
  4. Meagan Conley, trumpet
  5. Low Brass Orchestral Section

The Old Capitol Brass Quintet (Meagan Conley, Caitlin Elliot – trumpets; Drew Phillips, horn; Nate Lee, tromboe; Kate Wohlman, tuba) performed Kenneth Singleton’s Four Songs by Charles Ives. The Half-Plaid Trombone Quartet performed Acheived is the Glorious Work from the Haydn’s Creation. The Jiffani Dill Quartet performed “Intrada”, the first movement from Barbara York’s  The PC Quartet: “Traditional Values” tuba quartet. Megan Conley performed a selection of orchestral excerpts for trumpet including Scheherezade by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, and the Shostakovich Piano Concerto. The Low Brass Section performed excerpts from Verdi’s Nabucco and Berlioz’s Hungarian March.

Members of the brass faculty offered brief comments and made the following announcements:

1. Professor Jeff Agrell spoke about his class “Improvisation for Classical Musicians” 025:106:001.

2. Juries will be held on Tuesday, 12/11; Wednesday, 12/12; and Thursday 12/13 and sign-up sheets have been posted on the brass area bulletin board on the third floor of the UCC School of Music.

3. Sigma Alpha Iota is sponsoring  their Third Annual School of Music All Stars competition. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The only requirement is that each student must be a full time student for both semesters (graduate – 9 s.h. and undergraduate – 12 s.h.) All nominated soloists will perform in the All-Stars Competition concert on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7:30pm. At the end of the concert, a panel of judges will select one winner to be awarded 4 hours of recording time in Riverside Recital Hall, paid for by Sigma Alpha Iota. The competition concert in Riverside Recital Hall will be recorded, so even if an individual is not selected as the winner, he or she will receive a live recording of their piece.

The brass faculty will nominate two brass students based on their jury performance. Students interested in competing should play the appropriate solo selection for their jury and must notify the faculty at the beginning of the jury that they choose to compete.

4. A “Jury Jitters” performance will be held Sunday, December 2 from noon to 1pm at MWIB.

These area-wide seminars have proven to be valuable and quite enjoyable. We plan on continuing this tradition. We will announce the dates of the Spring 2013 semester area-wide seminars soon.

Detailed comments from faculty, and students, will be left below as comments to this post.


Trumpet Guest Artist – Robert Dorer

On Thursday, October 25th, Robert Dorer, who holds the position of 2nd trumpet with the Minnesota Orchestra, came to the University of Iowa School of Music to give a guest artist trumpet master class.  Four students played for Dorer in the master class, each receiving about twenty minutes of individual coaching.  In addition, Dorer taught several one hour private lessons.  Throughout the master class, Dorer focused on maximizing the intake of air to play the trumpet.  He talked about “creating a suction at the lips” and saying “Oh” as you bring air in.  Other creative ideas include breaking down difficult passages into two note phrases with a rest/breath in between.  These two notes are played in the performance tempo, with the correct articulation, and style.  When comfortable with the two note phrases, add two two note phrases together.  Then combine two of these four note phrases together and so on.  It’s a way to play technical passages in tempo, in style, perfectly, the first time.
He was also adamant about the idea that how we feel has nothing to do with the music.  We must be able to play at a high level under many varying circumstances.  Always go for the sound; shout it out loud in your head!

Euphonium Guest Artist – Dr. Neal Corwell

Dr. Neal Corwell works with Iowa euphonium student Will Emrich

Euphonium soloist Dr. Neal Corwell visited the University of Iowa as part of OcTubaFest 2012 on October 31. He presented an incredibly virtuosic recital filled with many of his own compositions. Following the recital, he worked with several University of Iowa tuba and euphonium students. Thanks to Dr. Corwell for visiting, playing, and teaching!