The Fischoff Competition attracts the world's finest young chamber musicians and challenges them to pursue perfection with brilliant performances. Tuba a Tre is the first tuba trio to ever be selected to participate in the Fischoff competitions since the competition began in 1973. The 2011 Fischoff Competition is scheduled for May 13-15.
From an average of 125 entries representing 22 nations, only 12 chamber ensembles in the wind instrument division are selected to participate in the final competition at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
Tuba a Tre is a continuing ensemble comprised of select tuba performers from the tuba/euphonium studio at Tennessee Tech. Under the direction of R. Winston Morris, professor of music, the group goes back more than 40 years with personnel changing each year as different students qualify to participate. Most recently Tuba a Tre was selected as featured performers for the Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference held at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
"Audiences have been amazed at the agility and responsiveness of these large instruments," said Morris. "Tuba a Tre performs programmatic material at a technical level rarely observed from the traditional tuba studio."
For the academic year 2010/2011, the ensemble members are Kenji Kabe from Tokyo, Kyle Newland, from Columbia, Tenn., and Preston Light from Kingsport, Tenn. Kabe and Newland are both senior level tuba performance students, and Light is a talented freshmen student. The group has historically and traditionally performed on campus several times a year and over the years has presented concerts and recitals individually, collectively and as members of the larger internationally recognized Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble.
The TTTE is universally recognized as the premiere ensemble of its kind in the world and is responsible for more than 25 recording projects, seven Carnegie Hall appearances, two World's Fairs appearances and numerous national and international workshops and conferences performances.
Tuba a Tre is one of a number of component ensembles from the TTTE and usually represents the leading performers from the tuba section. Its repertoire consists of arrangements and transcriptions from all historical periods of music as well as original music initially from the second half of the 20th Century to the present. The current instrumentation is two F tubas and one CC tuba. The F tuba is slightly smaller and appropriate for the higher parts while the larger CC tuba, which is the standard orchestral tuba, is most appropriate for the lower part.