Eastman Music Co. – Tuba Euphonium Summer Workshop 2018


Eastman Music Company


Summer Workshop 2018

June 23-25, 2018

Arizona State University

A three day intensive workshop for tuba and euphonium players – high school, college students and adult enthusiasts are welcome. An immersion of basics, tuba euphonium quartets, master classes, and performance opportunities. Additionally, participants have an opportunity to work one on one with faculty tuba artists.


Registration Extended! 





Faculty Artists:

Anthony Kniffen

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Principal Tuba


Stephen Kunzer

Oklahoma State University


Michael Parker

Parker Mouthpieces, Marywood University and Bloomsburg University, Peabody Prep


Deanna Swoboda 

Arizona State University


A sample schedule:

Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2018

8am – check in

8:30 – Warmups/Basics

10am – master class

11am tuba euph ensemble reading session

12pm – lunch

1pm – quartet reading sessions/coaching

3pm – solo performance master class

4:30pm – quartets/trios/duos with coaching

6pm – dinner

7:30pm – faculty recital (Saturday night is a participant recital)


Monday, June 25, 2018

9am – Warmups/Basics

10:30 – master class

11:30 – dress rehearsal for community performance 

1pm – lunch

3-4:30pm – concert in the community



Workshop Tuition: $300

Early Bird Special – $250

Cut-off date for early bird special – May 1, 2018 –

at which point the registration fee is $300


Last day to register is June 15, 2018.





On Campus Housing – No Longer Available

Available June 22-26: 

$32.50/single room per night

$18.50/ shared room per night

$20/linens per person (one time cost) – each linen pack contains 1 bath towel, 1 washcloth, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 1 hand towel.


Alternate housing options/suggested nearby hotel – 5 minute walk from music building:

The Graduate Hotel, Tempe




Local and Regional Commuters welcome!


Faculty Bios:

Anthony Kniffen’s first professional orchestral experience, at age 18, was playing Principal Tuba in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Georg Solti as part of their tuba audition process in 1988.  A year later he joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently appointed Principal Tuba of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in September 1997.  His teachers have included Daniel Perantoni and Harvey Phillips, both at Indiana University, Gene Pokorny and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, and Robert Tucci, of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Floyd Cooley, of the San Francisco Symphony.

Playing along with such diverse groups as folk artist as the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau in Hawaii to the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra here in Indianapolis, Mr. Kniffen has also performed with the Saint Louis, Minnesota, Detroit and New Mexico symphony orchestras and recorded numerous discs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  He has toured the United States extensively with Summit Brass and Japan with Sierra Brass. He has won four concerto competitions and appeared as soloist with the Honolulu and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras. Other solo appearances include regional and international tuba conferences and colleges, including his alma mater, Indiana University.  A highlight of Mr. Kniffen’s career was performing the John Williams Tuba Concerto on an ISO Classical Series Concert under the baton of Mario Venzago in February of 2008.

Mr. Kniffen is the ‘play-along’ tuba player on a Hal Leonard educational project called, “Essential Elements 2000,” and can also be heard on a tribute CD to jazz legend David Baker, “Basically Baker” (volume one), and on “CSO Resound:  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Section Live.”

His teaching career began at the University of Hawai’i and for a time here at the University of Indianapolis.  A great honor has been to fill in for sabbaticals at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, several times for his mentor, Dan Peranatoni at Indiana University, and also at Ball State University.

He is devoted to his lovely wife, ISO violist Amy Kniffen, their children, and their church, and is proud of having recently completely remodeled their master bathroom mostly by himself learning from Youtube videos.

Michael Parker is currently on the Eastman Music Company artist roster for tuba and is in high demand as a soloist and clinician.  Currently Michael is on the faculty of Marywood University and Bloomsburg University where he teaches brass, chamber music, and music history. Michael Parker is a frequently featured performer and adjudicator at Colleges and Universities across the country.  Most recently Parker was featured as a soloist and clinician at the Northwest Regional Conference for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association held at Washington State University and at the International Women’s Brass Conference held at Rowan University.  As a soloist Parker has presented programs on recital series in the Baltimore/ Washington Metropolitan region extensively including such venues as the Strathmore Mansion, the Martin Luther King Jr Public Library, and the US Department of State.  As a member of the Monumental Brass Quintet (Washington DC) for over fifteen years Michael was on the artist rosters for Summit Records, Washington Performing Arts Society, and Living Arts Pennsylvania.  Michael is an advocate for new music and has commissioned, performed, and recorded several works and arrangements for both JAM- Joanna and Michael and the Monumental Brass Quintet.  Michael has toured the United States extensively as a performer on tuba, bass trombone, cimbasso, and euphonium and has performed with such groups as the Washington National Opera, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Fairfax Symphony, Lyric Brass, and the Missouri Brass Consortium.

Michael received a BMus in Tuba from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Rex Martin and pursued graduate studies at the University of Missouri- Columbia where he studied tuba with Dr. David Kutz and musicology with Dr. Michael J. Budds.  Before attending college Michael studied tuba with Cathy Cole in Washington State.  Michael Parker is the founder and primary operator for Parker Mouthpieces currently producing mouthpieces for trombone, euphonium, French horn, and tuba in collaboration with Dave Houser and Houser Mouthpiece Works.  Michael lives in Bloomsburg with his wife Victoria, sons Christian and Benjamin, and a small herd of Nigerian dwarf goats.


Stephen Kunzer is known internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, educator, clinician, and lecturer, having performed and taught coast-to-coast in the United States, Thailand, Mexico, and Korea.

Stephen is born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he is Lecturer of Music at Oklahoma State University (OSU); his duties at OSU include teaching a large studio of tuba and euphonium students and conducting the tuba/euphonium ensemble.

Enjoying a varied ensemble career, Stephen has performed with the Tucson Symphony (AZ), Dayton Philharmonic (OH), Las Vegas Philharmonic (NV), and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestras (OK), the acclaimed Dallas Brass Quintet, and performed both tuba and bass trombone as a member of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Broadway Las Vegas Series. Stephen has enjoyed performing behind some of today’s great artists – Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Joshua Bell, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Fogerty, Arturo Sandoval, and Willie Nelson, to name a few.

Stephen received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, and his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he served as graduate assistant.

Stephen has previously served on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is the “New Materials” editor for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal.

Stephen is proud to be an International Artist and Clinician for Eastman Music Company.


Deanna Swoboda is Associate Professor of Music at Arizona State University where she teaches tuba and euphonium, entrepreneurship, and chamber music.  She has enjoyed a vibrant career as performer, educator, and entrepreneur. Deanna is a former tubist with the internationally recognized Dallas Brass. She is creator of a band recruitment program/DVD, entitled “Band Blast Off.” Her CD’s include Deanna’s Wonderland (Summit), Shamanic Journey (Potenza), Games for Brass (Summit), and Table for Three (Summit), Fanfare and Flourish (Potenza). She is a Past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and is an Eastman Music Company tuba artist.