On December 3, 2019, the University Libraries’ Programming and Promotions Committee held its inaugural “Research and Artistry Series” event with a musical performance and lecture by Applied Artist, Scott Tegge and his NIU Tuba and Euphonium Studio. The event was a great success, with over 90 people in attendance, among them, President Freeman and Provost Ingram. There were students, faculty, staff and community members in attendance. Cookies and Cocoa were provided, and the ensemble performed holiday music for an hour, in Founders Memorial Gallery. There was a short lecture given by Graduate Student Dennis Meacham covering tuba history, and Prof. Tegge entertained us with interesting anecdotes about the tuba, what it’s like to be music major at NIU, and informed us about a worldwide event called Tuba Christmas (which this event was a part of).
Tuba Christmas was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, American Tuba Player and Professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell, tuba players all over the world reflect on their heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacies have given them high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.
The Programming and Promotions Committee was very proud to host Prof. Tegge and his studio for what we hope to become a yearly tradition of holiday brass music in Founders Memorial Library. The “Research and Artistry Series” is open to all disciplines with the goal of sharing and exploring research and artistry occurring on the NIU Campus. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged apply.
- Kate Swope, Senior Music Library Specialist