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Guest Artists

Dr. Justin Benavidez

Florida State University

Dr. Justin Benavidez is the professor of tuba and euphonium at the Florida State University College of Music and performs as principal tuba of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, he is on faculty at the Round Top Music Festival in Texas. 

With his playing noted for its "tremendous virtuosity and stylistic versatility", Benavidez has performed in venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured numerous times on APM's Performance Today radio program. His debut solo album, EMBLEMS, won Silver Medals in the Classical Album and Instrumental Solo Album categories of the Global Music Awards. The International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal described it as "an impressive and highly entertaining record" on which Benavidez "shreds with enthusiasm, exuberance, and precision". 

As an orchestral musician, Benavidez has appeared as guest principal with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was previously the principal tuba of the Syracuse Symphoria Orchestra and the Syracuse Opera.

 

​Benavidez has been a prizewinner of multiple international solo competitions. He is the only tubist to have been awarded both the New Horizons Fellowship and the Orchestral Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival where he was a student for six summers, held the principal tuba chair in the festival orchestra, and was the winner of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival concerto competition.

Benavidez was the distinguished recipient of the Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellowship for doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and was presented with the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance Paul Boylan Award for outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions in the field of music.

As one of today's leading educators, Benavidez is frequently invited to present master classes and perform as a guest recitalist at preeminent universities, workshops, and conferences. Notable invitations have included the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, the Bern University of the Arts, the Lyon Conservatory of Music, the Paris Conservatory of Music, the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, and multiple International Tuba Euphonium Conferences.

Benavidez was awarded the FSU University Teaching Award in 2021. His students have distinguished themselves through numerous accomplishments and awards, including prizes at international competitions, fellowships to summer music festivals, assistantships for graduate study, performances with professional ensembles, and teaching positions at secondary and collegiate institutions.

As a scholar, Benavidez served as the editor for Flow Studies through Mountain Peak Music, and he is currently writing a critical volume that examines the most significant solo repertoire for tuba, published by Oxford University Press for release in 2023. 

Benavidez is a Melton Meinl Weston performing artist and Denis Wick performing artist. He proudly performs on his Meinl Weston 2182W F tuba and Nirschl York CC tuba. 

Dr. Genevieve Clarkson

Oklahoma City University 

An accomplished knitter, bundt pan afficianado, and Arlington, Virginia native, Dr. Genevieve Clarkson joined the faculty of Oklahoma City University in the fall of 2018.

An active soloist and teacher, Genevieve has been featured at the International Women’s Brass Conferences in 2012 and 2014, as well as International Tuba-Euphonium Regional Conferences in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Her most recent recital and masterclass engagements have taken her to the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee and the Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Fort Myer, Virginia where she gave a performance celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Woman’s Suffrage.

Genevieve plays contrabass tuba in the In Motus Quartet, a tuba-euphonium quartet made up of professional players and teachers from across the country. Assisted by a recording artist grant, the In Motus Quartet released their first CD in the spring of 2016 through Emeritus Recordings and their second CD - featuring music inspired by Octubaween - in the summer of 2018. The quartet has given recitals in Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and was invited to perform as part of the 2019 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

Genevieve has performed with various symphony orchestras across the United States and has participated in music festivals around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy. In the summer of 2017, Genevieve’s tuba playing took her on a three-week tour of China where she ate her fill of dumplings and green onion pancakes, and tried cow throat for the first and last time.

In addition to her experience as a performer, Genevieve is also a well-recognized clinician. She has presented at Regional and International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences in 2016 and 2017, the 2018 AMEA (Arizona) and TMEA (Texas) Clinics, and the 2020 OkMEA (Oklahoma) Winter Conference.

Genevieve received her DM in tuba performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music (2017), her MM in tuba performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2011), and her BM in music education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (2009) where she graduated Magna cum laude and served as banner bearer for the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Her past teachers have included Daniel Perantoni, Timothy Northcut, Kevin Stees, John Cradler, and John Mueller.

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Dr. Paul Dickinson

Kennesaw State University and Rhinehart University 

    A native of Darlington, South Carolina, Dr. Paul Dickinson works across the Southeast US as a performer and teacher. He currently teaches tuba and euphonium at both Kennesaw State University and Reinhardt University near Atlanta, GA. In addition to a handful of placements in major national and international competitions since 2008, he has also been invited to the live rounds of multiple military band auditions. He currently plays euphonium with the Georgia Brass Band based in Atlanta, GA. He also regularly serves as the principal euphonium with the Poinsett Wind Symphony in Greenville, SC, and served intermittently as principal euphonium with Georgia’s Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra from 2016-2018. He also performs with DIVERGENCE, a professional tuba/euphonium quartet in Atlanta, GA, of which he was a founding member. Dr. Dickinson holds degrees from Furman University, Georgia State University, and Florida State University. 

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Dr. Charles Goodman

Louisiana State University 

Charlie Goodman is a tuba performer and educator who has recently been appointed Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He previously held teaching positions at Valdosta State University and Southeastern Louisiana University.  He holds degrees from the University Colorado Boulder, the University of Georgia, and Western Michigan University.  His primary teachers include Michael Dunn, David Zerkel, Deanna Swoboda, Fritz Kaenzig, and Robert Whaley. 

 

As a performer, Dr. Goodman holds the principal tuba chair of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, based in Destin, Florida, and has previously held similar positions in the Valdosta and Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestras.  He has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Orquesta Filharmonica de Jalisco, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.

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Dr. Kevin Wass

Texas Tech. University

American tuba player Kevin Wass is an active performer, teacher, and clinician.  Ensembles he has performed with range from the Disneyland All-American College Band to Santa Fe Pro Musica, and his orchestral experience includes the Lubbock, Omaha, Lincoln, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.  As a recitalist and master class presenter he has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, and Austria with competition honors in the US, Canada, and the Czech Republic.

 

A passionate advocate for new music, Wass was the founding chair of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Harvey G. Phillips Awards for Excellence in Composition, and he has commissioned solo and chamber works by Carson Cooman, Barbara York, Allen Vizzutti and Anthony Plog among others.  He was an invited participant in the “Performance Today” residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2015 with faculty members including  Pedja Muzijevic and Claire Chase and also completed an independent Musicians in Residence at the Centre that same year.  He is also a founding member of the Durations Trio, which seeks to expand the repertoire for its unique instrumentation of violin, tuba, and piano.

 

In his current position as Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX, USA), Wass has established an international reputation for innovative and effective pedagogy.  His students regularly enroll in competitive graduate programs, place in national and international competitions, and win performing positions, including Principal Tuba of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra.  He is also an active clinician, with appearances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and International Society for Music Education Conference.

 

Wass holds degrees from the University of Michigan (DMA), Indiana University (MM and PC) and Dana College (BS, Music Education), and his principal teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, and Craig Fuller.