MSU Guest Artist Recital: Michael Grose, Tuba & Andrew Pham, Piano
- Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
- Howard Hall, Reynolds Recital Hall - view map
The MSU School of Music is extremely honored to host a guest artist recital of Michael Grose on Tuba and Andrew Pham on Piano.
Curator of the YouTube channel, TubaPeopleTV, Michael Grose joined the University of Oregon music faculty in 2001 as Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium. Prior to coming to Oregon, Grose was principal tuba of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 2001, and the Hilton Head Orchestra from 1990 to 2001. He is currently the principal tuba of the Eugene Symphony. Grose received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Arnold Jacobs beginning in 1981. After graduation, he continued his private study with Jacobs until 1998. Before assuming his position in Savannah, Grose was a tubist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. He has performed with the Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Charleston, and Jacksonville symphonies, and the Boise Philharmonic. He is also a regular substitute with the Oregon Symphony, and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra, both in Portland. An accomplished chamber musician, Grose received the Sweepstakes Award at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, making him the first tubist to receive that prize. Grose was also a prize-winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Both awards came while he was a member of the Chicago-based Asbury Brass Quintet. A founding member of the Millar Brass Ensemble, Grose has recorded with the Chicago Symphony for London/Decca, and the Millar Brass Ensemble on the Crystal Records label. Mr. Grose has worked with such notable conductors as Sir George Solti, James Levine, Mistislav Rostropovich, Zdeněk Mácal, Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Kalmar, James DePriest, Jorge Mester, and John Williams. Professor Grose is a member of the Oregon Brass Quintet, the faculty brass ensemble at the University of Oregon. Since coming to UO, he has developed the website - www.TubaPeople.com - to highlight UO tuba-euphonium activities, and to offer educational/pedagogical materials about the tuba and euphonium to interested students, educators, and enthusiasts. Additionally, the YouTube channel – TubaPeopleTV – has garnered worldwide attention and praise for highlighting the pedagogy and professional stature of longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal tuba, Arnold Jacobs. Grose has given lectures on the pedagogy of Mr. Jacobs at several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In addition to his UO teaching duties, Mr. Grose currently serves as the SOMD Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Armstrong State University, Georgia Southern University, and for twelve summers was the tuba faculty-artist at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.
A sensitive and thoughtful musician, Andrew Pham is a versatile collaborative pianist who currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. While the bulk of his music making takes place in Oregon, he has also traveled internationally for performances in Costa Rica, Germany, and, most recently, Italy, where he was employed as a staff vocal accompanist for Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in summer 2019 in Lucca. Locally, he has played for major organizations including the Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, Shedd Institute Theatricals, and more.
As a passionate advocate of innovative art song programming, he regularly performs with soprano Emma Rose Lynn, and together they founded Spire Duo, a partnership that seeks to champion the performance of art song through transformative concert programs. Established in 2017, Spire Duo recently completed their second season of touring performances in both the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, which included a guest artist feature by Malone University in Canton, OH as well as various organizations in Oregon including the Astoria Performing Arts Center, Lincoln City Cultural Center, and Junction City Arts Council Concert Series. Their first season included a tour of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin.
Particularly sought after as a vocal pianist, he has enjoyed a number of different engagements with opera. This coming spring 2020 he will be collaborating with Indianapolis Opera, serving as a coach and collaborative pianist for the company’s resident artist program as well as a répétiteur for its productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and a joint performance of Hans Krása’s Brundibar and Lori Laitman’s Vedem. He regularly works with Cascadia Chamber Opera, having recently performed a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan with its artists. In 2018 he served as second pianist and assistant to the conductor for Cascadia Chamber Opera’s world premiere of "Tango of the White Gardenias," by Ethan Gans-Morse. In 2017, he served as coach and répétiteur for "The Banshee," a chamber opera by Daniel Daly. In 2015, he played Don Giovanni and La Serva Padrona with Cascadia Chamber Opera, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Opera Nova Costa Rica, Die Zauberflöte with Astoria Music Festival, and Hänsel und Gretel with University of Oregon Opera Ensemble. Previously, he has also worked three summers at Interlochen Arts Camp as a staff collaborative pianist. He has also spent past summers at Bay View Festival, Luray Opera Theater, Staunton Music Festival, Masterworks Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. He studied at the University of Oregon (M.M. Collaborative Piano), Indiana University (M.M. Piano Performance), and James Madison University (B.M. Piano Performance and Music Composition). In Eugene, Oregon, he is an independent piano teacher and an accompanist at the University of Oregon. In his free time, he likes to play pickleball.