Dr. Benjamin Pierce, Professor of Music, University of Arkansas

 

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About Dr. Benjamin Pierce

Benjamin Pierce is an accomplished low brass artist and teacher. He is a professor at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches a large studio of tuba and euphonium players and directs the tuba/euphonium ensemble. He studied music at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, taking his performance instruction from David Saygers, Velvet Brown, Fritz Kaenzig, and Wesley Jacobs. Pierce has notably been the winner of some dozen international tuba and euphonium artist competitions held in the United States, Japan, Germany, Finland, South Korea, England, and Italy. He is frequently a soloist at home and abroad performing recitals and concerti with such ensembles as the premier United States military bands, top American brass bands, and such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Oulu Symphony (Finland), and Vogtland Philharmonie (Germany). Enjoying a varied ensemble career, Pierce has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Chamber Brass, the Toledo Symphony, the Flint Symphony, and the Tulsa Symphony. He has served as principal tubist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and is principal tubist of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He is a member of the acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek, which features many of the world’s greatest brass players. With the BBBC, he has performed on three different instruments. In demand as a clinician, Pierce has taught master classes across the USA and in Japan. He has taught weeklong classes in Finland and Spain. He is frequently a featured guest at Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He is a faculty member of the annual STEW (Southeast Tuba/Euphonium Workshop), an intensive week of learning geared for collegiate tuba and euphonium players. Pierce has served as an adjudicator for several major international performance competitions. Active as a Board member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, Pierce serves as Editor in Chief of the ITEA Journal and has served two terms as Competitions Coordinator. Benjamin Pierce can be heard on four solo CDs available from major online retailers. He is a Miraphone performing artist.

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