Tuba Christmas Makes Michelsen Merry and Bright

Tuba Christmas Makes Michelsen Merry and Bright

Holiday cheer will be coming to campus with the Department of Music’s Tuba Christmas concert that annually features low brass instruments – primarily tuba and euphonium – playing traditional holiday tunes.

Nick Verheyen, junior instrumental music education and music literature major, is one of several music students performing in the concert. As a trombone player, this event gives him the opportunity to practice another brass instrument.

“Most of our studio is trombone, so we are suggested to learn euphonium by the time Tuba Christmas gets here so that we are able to play. So, it is an extra educational source for us to learn tuba and euphonium,” Verheyen said.

Tuba Christmas is a unique performance for the department because it is open to student and community musicians, he said. The event is organized and directed by Patrick Lawrence, associate professor of low brass and music education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Euphonium and tuba players of all ages are welcome to perform in the concert. Interested musicians can register online at the UWSP Department of Music webpage.

Keaton Galezio, junior instrumental music education and trombone performance major, will also be performing in the event.

He enjoys the overall atmosphere of the event and the variety of people he gets the opportunity to perform with.

“There are kids that are in middle school all the way through 80 years old, and we are all playing the same music. It is just a blast. For a few of the songs we have the lyrics up on the projector and the crowd sings while we play. It’s so much fun to just relax and have a fun performance without any stress,” Galezio said.

The participation fee for performer is $10 and check-in for musicians will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. A group rehearsal will take place before the concert from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Michelsen Hall.

“Tuba Christmas” will be performed  at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Michelsen Hall inside the Noel Fine Arts Center. The holiday concert is free and open to the public, and attendants are encouraged to wear Yuletide apparel.

For more information about the event, visit the Department of Music webpage.

Mary Knight



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