Biography

Gail Robertson Euphoniumist

Dr. Gail Robertson serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas where she is tubist in the Pinnacle Brass and teaches the Jazz Ensemble II. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Indiana University while serving as graduate assistant to Harvey Phillips. She postponed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland with Dr. Brian Bowman to perform with the “Tubafours” at Walt Disney World, Orlando where she served as musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, “Tubas Under the Boardwalk.” She has recently completed her D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder, Ava Ordman, and Ricardo Lorenz. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, the University of Florida, and remains active as a teacher, adjudicator, composer, arranger and free-lance artist, both nationally and internationally.

Robertson was recently elected Vice President/President Elect of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and she began her six-year term on July 1, 2017. She is currently the Chair/Chief Editor of the International Tuba and Euphonium Press and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival. She has served as President of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) and as a conference host in 2010 and 2006. She has also served as Euphonium and Membership Coordinator of the ITEA and was the featured artist on the cover of the ITEA Journal (Vol. 38:1, Fall 2010). Two of Gail’s original works have also been featured Gems in the ITEA Journal (Jazz Encounter No. 1 – Gem Series No. 22, Vol. 38:1, Fall 2010, and Allegro et Andantango – Gem Series No. 33, Vol. 41:3, Spring 2014).

In 2015, Gail served as the Euphonium Clinician for the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon. She was awarded the 2014 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for her research manuscript, “Restoring the Euphonium’s Legacy as Cello of the Wind Band.” Her original work for brass quintet, Tower Guard Tribute, was awarded honorable mention by the 2014 International Alliance for Women in Music’s Patsy Lu competition. In May 2009, Gail recorded a CD with Dr. Stacy Baker, Alex Thio, and Dr. Deb Eastwood, called “SymbiosisDuo.” SYMBIOSISDUO released their second CD, “Playground,” in February 2015. Several of the works recorded by the duo were newly commissioned works written especially for the duo, including Composers: Franz Cibulka, Jim Self, James Grant, Christopher Marshall, Brian Balmages, Chris Sharp, Kimberly Archer, T.O. Sterrett, and Phillip Bimstein.

In 2016, Gail recorded another CD, The R.S.V.B. Quartet – Fanfare and Flourish, with Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Dr. Stacy Baker, and SFC Lauren Veronie-Curran. This recording includes several of Gail’s original compositions, Okto Flourish, Psychedelic Dances, and In A Funk. Gail is a recipient of Tau Beta Sigma’s highest honor, the “Outstanding Service to Music Award.” Gail has also been a clinician for the MIDWEST Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Michigan Music Conference, and numerous ITEA, IWBC, and United States Army Tuba and Euphonium Conferences. Also in 2016, Gail served as District 6 jazz clinician/artist for Harrison, Arkansas School District and was tenor tubist for the Sarasota Orchestra/Sarasota Ballet performance of Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes.”

Dr. Gail Robertson served together with Dr. Stacy Baker as Co-Instrumental Advisor and Co-Curriculum Designer for the Pro-Series Elite Practice Systems for Tuba and Euphonium providing all exercises, instruction, and quartet arrangements as well as performing as on-screen talent alongside some of their students for the revolutionary pedagogical series of 10 DVDs for tuba and 10 DVDs for euphonium. The project was fully funded and released by American Product Group, LLC (2013), along with similar series for each of the wind instruments. Gail has published articles, reviews, and compositions for the online magazine, Bandworld, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association, ITEA Journal. Robertson has toured the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Monarch Brass, the Athena Brass Band, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. She has also performed as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with Jay Gephart (Director) and Purdue University’s Wind Ensemble, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the River City Brass Band, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Euphoniums Unlimited, Symphonia, and SYMBIOSISDUO.

Dr. Robertson and Dr. Baker were honored to be the featured guest artists of the 2017 Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival where they commissioned and premiered Eric Knechtges’ double concerto for wind band, Twin Lake Reflections. Gail will be performing with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in February, 2018 on tuba and euphonium. Her published works and arrangements are available through GAR MUSIC, Euphonium.com and Tuba-Euphonium Press. As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a bronze Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.