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University of Arizona

uaThe University of Arizona was founded in 1885, making it the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of Fall 2015, total enrollment was more than 42,100 students, with the largest freshmen class ever at 8,100 students. The UA is considered a "selective" university by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 68 freshman students were National Merit Scholars. UA students hail from all states in the U.S. While nearly 69% of students are from Arizona, nearly 11% are from California, and 8% are international, followed by a significant student presence from Texas, Illinois, Washington, Colorado and New York.

Fred Fox School of Music

ffsomThe University of Arizona has offered instruction in music since the late 1800's. Today, the Fred Fox School of Music ranks among the country's foremost institutions of higher education in music. A nationally and internationally recognized faculty of artists and scholars provides instruction, inspiration, and guidance to the School's approximately 400 music majors. Fred Fox School of Music graduates hold significant teaching, performing, and administrative positions throughout the country and abroad. In the years ahead, The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music will continue to play an important role in the training of performing artists, teachers, and scholars. The School offers a wide variety of degree programs and musical experiences, and presents over 300 concerts and recitals each year. Performing ensembles tour both within and outside the state. Internationally known artists, scholars, and clinicians are brought to the campus for concerts, workshops, lectures, clinics, and master classes.

Matt Tropman

Matt Tropman currently serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Arizona and is an active freelancer, soloist and chamber musician. His performances have been praised in numerous publications such as the New York Times, which stated “Tropman makes a serious case for the euphonium as a solo instrument.” An active clinician and recitalist on both the euphonium and tuba, Matt has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe. Matt’s two commercially released two CD's; Continuum and From the Balcony (Summit Records), have been featured on programs such as NPR’s “All Things Considered”. He has performed with numerous bands, orchestras and chamber groups including the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony. In his early career as a member of the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own), he frequently performed as a soloist throughout the U.S. on the band’s National concert tours. Dr. Tropman received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in euphonium performance from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, respectively, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in tuba performance from the University of Michigan.

Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark Nelson is in his thirty-fifth year of teaching and performing professionally. A noted tubist, he has premiered over 30 new works for tuba and released two internationally recognized tuba CD recordings, New England Reveries, and Aboriginal Voices. His solo performances have included recitals at many of the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, recitals across the United States as well as performances and lectures in Austria, Australia, Canada, England, and Japan. For ITEA, Dr. Nelson served for twenty-six years as the editor of new materials for the ITEA Journal. He also served as the executive board secretary in the 1990s and is currently on the board of directors. He is one of the initial recipients of the Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship. Keenly interested in music education, he served four terms as Vice-President for Professional Development and is presently the Vice-President for Collegiate/Research for the Arizona Music Educators Association. He is also the recipient of the George C Wilson Leadership Award and the Excellence in Music Administration Award from AMEA. He frequently serves as a band adjudicator and has also conducted regional honor bands in several states. His degrees include the B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University, the M.M. and D.M.A. from Arizona State University, the M.Ed. in Education Administration from the University of Vermont, and the Licentiate Performer’s Diploma from Trinity College of Music, London. Previous appointments include Professor of Music at Millikin University and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Vermont as well as several years as a public school instrumental teacher. He has been the Chair of Performing Arts and Director of Bands at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona since 2000 where in addition to directing the wind ensemble, he also teaches courses in electronic music, music fundamentals and applied tuba and euphonium studio instruction. During the summer of 2016 through the first part of September, he also served as Acting Dean of the Arts and Humanities Division.