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Arnold Jacobs: Mentor, Teacher, Friend

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  • Arnold Jacobs, tubist of the Chicago Symphony 1944-1988, was one of the most influential brass teachers of our time. This panel of well-known former Jacobs’ students will share his influence on them both personally and professionally. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Arnold Jacobs birth, they will discuss his practical methods that will benefit all music teachers and performers of any age.
  • Daniel Perantoni (
  • 12/18/2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • W185
  • Dan or “Mr. P” as his students call him is a legendary tuba artist, teacher and pedagogue as well as a trailblazer in a variety of genres including work as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, jazz musician, and instrument design. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the executive board of T.U.B.A. A true legion of former students holds prestigious positions in major performing ensembles and music schools around the world. Their success is the best testimony to his abilities as a teacher, mentor, and friend. He is cited as a “tubist’s tubist,” featuring his playing a “lyrical, clear, and singing tone, along with his impeccable musical style.” Daniel Perantoni has been a featured artist in Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Adelaide Festival in Australia, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, the Montreux Brass Congress in Switzerland, and recently as soloist throughout Europe and Japan. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass, Symphonia, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort, and has released numerous solo albums and chamber music CD’s. He is a Buffet Crampon B&S Artist. Visit Mr. P’s web site:
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  • Rex Martin
  • Rex Martin, professor of music at Northwestern University, has been playing the tuba since the age of nine. He received performance degrees from Illinois State University and Northwestern University, where he studied with Arnold Jacobs and Edward Livingston. His playing can be heard on more than 100 recordings of various ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Pro Musica, Tower Brass, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Mannheim Steamroller and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has performed on more than 3000 television and radio commercials and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka), Lucerne Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. His students occupy positions in orchestras and universities throughout the world, and he was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the Alumni of the Year Award by Illinois State University. He previously held professorships at DePaul University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, The University of Notre Dame and The Oberlin Conservatory. As a soloist and clinician, he has performed and taught throughout North America, the Far East and Europe. As a clinician, he has worked with orchestra brass sections and at universities and conservatories throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas teaching performance concepts and skills. A Swiss citizen, he also teaches at Ticino Musica in Lugano, Switzerland, and has traveled to Europe 125 times to give recitals and master classes. His live, unedited solo CD "Rex Martin Live in Japan" is available on the WAKO label.
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  • Floyd Cooley
  • Nationally and internationally known tubist Floyd O. Cooley has been heard in recital throughout the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, appearing as soloist, clinician, giving Master classes, and as a member of the San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony. Floyd joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1969, at the time the youngest tuba player in any major orchestra in the United States. Since then he soloed with that orchestra on two occasions, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa and Jahja Ling, given recitals in a wide variety of places, including Carnegie Hall, commissioned works by Earl Zindars and Richard Felciano and recorded three solo albums, The Romantic Tuba on Crystal Records, A Schumann Fantasy on Summit Records, and Friends in Low Places on Albany Records. He played the 1992-1993 season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Floyd has been praised for his sensitive playing, mellow tone and singing melodic line. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote "the sheer beauty of tone and technical accuracy were amazing. The effect was operatically vocal." While at Indiana University he studied with William Bell, and also has studied with Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacob Krachmalnick and Mark Lifschey. He studied with Arnold Jacobs who was his major influence in teaching and playing from 1968-1998. In 2001 after 31 years playing with the SFS he turned his career solely to teaching. Prior to leaving the San Francisco Symphony Floyd taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University for 32 years and DePaul University. His teaching has taken him to New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Canada, Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Currently he is teaching at DePaul University where he is the Brass Department Coordinator, teaching tuba, brass pedagogy and teaching performance majors to teach one on one. His students hold many of the major orchestral and teaching jobs in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
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  • Fritz Kaenzig
  • Fritz Kaenzig has served as principal tubist of the Florida Symphony Orchestra and as additional or substitute tubist with Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis, under such conductors as Bernstein, Haitink, Leinsdorf, Ozawa, Salonen, and Slatkin. He has recorded and performed as soloist with several of these orchestras, as well as appearing as soloist with the U.S. Air Force and Navy Bands. Since 1984, Mr. Kaenzig has been principal tubist in the Grant Park (Chicago) Orchestra during summers, which has played to capacity audiences since moving to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in 2005. Kaenzig has performed in ensembles backing up artists as widely varied as Alan Ginsberg, Luciano Pavarotti, and the Moody Blues. As guest instructor, recitalist, soloist with ensembles, and adjudicator, Mr. Kaenzig has made appearances at many high schools, colleges, universities, conferences, and music camps throughout the United States, Korea and Japan. He received degrees from the Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with extensive studies also with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, he taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa. Mr. Kaenzig is a past president of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, now known as the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
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  • Jonathan Boen
  • Jon Boen is Principal Horn for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony, and Music of the Baroque. Mr. Boen is a former member of the Denver Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, and the Chicago Brass Quintet, with whom he toured extensively and released three recordings. He also has served as Guest Principal Horn for the Dallas Symphony, Santa Fe Opera and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Jon has appeared with the Chicago Chamber Players, Rembrandt Chamber Players, Contemporary Chamber Players, MusicNow, Colorado College Summer Festival, Sanibel Music Festival and Midsummer’s Music in Door County, Wisconsin. In high demand as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, Jonathan Boen is known for his masterful interpretations of works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Berkeley, Brahms, Britten, Cherubini, Handel, Martinu, W.A. and Leopold Mozart, Poulenc, Schumann, Scriabin, Strauss, Telemann and Vivaldi. He premiered Jan Bach’s Horn Concerto in 1983 to great critical acclaim, a work written especially for Mr. Boen by the renowned Illinois composer. In 2004, Jon revived the concerto in an historic performance with the Chicago Philharmonic (then called Symphony II) under the direction of Larry Rachleff, and subsequently recorded the piece for Equilibrium Records. Teaching is a very important part of Mr. Boen’s musical life. He has given master classes throughout the United States, in England and Japan. He currently serves on the faculty of Northwestern and Roosevelt University.
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  • Charles Schuchat
  • Charles Schuchat, tuba, has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic. Charles is principal tuba with both the Elgin Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. He has participated in numerous music festivals including the Spoleto Festival, Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and the Peninsula Music Festival. While at Tanglewood he received the CD Jackson Award for Achievement. Charles is on the faculty of both Northern Illinois University and the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University where he is the Brass Area Head. He is also a member of the Board Directors for the Chicago Federation of Musicians. A native of Washington, DC, Charles is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied with Arnold Jacobs.
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  • David Fedderly
  • David T. Fedderly held the Principal Tuba position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to fall 2014. He has also worked as substitute principal tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. Presently Mr. Fedderly is teaching at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland College Park. At the Peabody Conservatory he teaches tuba, trumpet and Respiratory Function lessons. He also enjoys a very active private lesson schedule in Baltimore as well as masterclasses at Universities and schools all over the U.S. His previous positions include The Juilliard School for eight years and The Catholic University of America. Before moving to Baltimore Mr. Fedderly attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He had the privilege of studying for ten years with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, former Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago Mr. Fedderly was in the Chicago Civic orchestra, played with the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet and recorded many radio and television commercials. He also taught on the faculty of DePaul University and Wheaton College. In 1992 Mr. Fedderly opened the Baltimore Brass Co. that sells/repairs new and used brass instruments. As part of the VanderKolk-Shulman-Fedderly Trio the team works together from surgery to Physical Therapy and retraining of musicians that have injured embouchures.