Posted by UNT on October 29, 2003 at 12:28:08:
In Reply to: Euphonium Schools posted by A on October 27, 2003 at 15:44:01:
UNT is a great school for euphonium study. Dr. Bowman is an amazing resource for learning technique, style, musicianship, and overall playing. With a studio of over 25 euphonium players, the environment can't be beat, either. There are always opportunities to engage in duets and critique with other euphonium students. Performance opportunities abound with several large ensembles (four bands and a brass band), jazz groups (lab bands 1-9, as well as several specialized ensembles), new music ensembles and chamber music groups. There are recitals every day at school, and the proximity to Dallas allows students the opportunity to hear the DSO and DWS, as well as other professional groups, on a regular basis.
The only caveat is that UNT is somewhat lacking in academics. If you want to put yourself in the best environment for becoming a professional euphonium player, UNT is the place to go. If you have any interest in being challenged in subjects outside of music, you might want to look elsewhere.
As with any school you are interested in, a visit that includes a lesson with the professor, discussion with current students, and a chance to observe masterclasses and ensembles will help you get an idea as to whether that university is best for you.