Associate Professor of Music, Missouri Western State University; Artistic Director/Principal Euphonium-Fountain City Brass Band

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About Lee Harrelson

Lee Harrelson is an Associate Professor and interim chair of the Department of Music at Missouri Western State University. At Missouri Western he serves as coordinator of the music theory program and head of low brass studies. Mr. Harrelson is the Artistic Director/Solo Euphoniumist of the Fountain City Brass Band (2007-2008-2009 North American Brass Band Champions) and euphoniumist in the internationally acclaimed Twisted Steel Quartet. Harrelson received his undergraduate training from the University of Southern Mississippi and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Some of Lee’s more notable accomplishments include: Winner 2006 North American Brass Band Championships Low Brass Technical Prize, Winner 2005 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships Best Soloist Prize, Winner, 2003 International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Euphonium Competition, Winner, 2002 and 2004 Kansas City Music Club Scholarship Competition; Winner, 2001 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Solo Brass Competition; Second Place, 2001 Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Brass Competition; Semi-finalist, 2001 Fischoff International Chamber Music Festival as a member of the Fountain City Brass Quintet; Semi-Finalist 2001 William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition; Semi-Finalist 1999, Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Festival; Prize Winner, 1997 Southeastern Tuba and Euphonium Conference Solo Euphonium Competition. With Twisted Steel, Lee won the 2000 International Tuba & Euphonium Conference’s International Quartet Competition in Regina, Canada. Harrelson is very active as a soloist and clinician, including numerous appearances throughout North America and Europe. Lee has performed with the MahlerFEST Orchestra, numerous regional orchestras and wind bands, the Kansas Brass Quintet, The New Theatre, the Eagley Brass Band (UK), and is a founding member of Twisted Steel and the Fountain City Brass Band. Harrelson spends two weeks each summer on faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. As a proponent of brass bands in America, Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Brass Band Association. Lee Harrelson is a Besson Performing Artist.

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