Texas Tech University
TUBA AND EUPHONIUM STUDIO
Auditions for the studio are held each year between late fall and the first weekend in March. All students wanting to major in music at Texas Tech with tuba or euphonium as their concentration must audition for and be accepted to the studio in addition to being admitted to Texas Tech University. Scroll down for additional information on the application and audition process for undergraduate and graduate students.
Prospective students should also consult the "Downloads" page of this site for a course syllabus, ensemble audition music, and other materials. For more information on admissions to Texas Tech University and the School of Music, visit the TTU or School of Music websites.
In order to complement the size of the School of Music at Texas Tech, the Tuba-Euphonium Studio maintains a size of 12-15 undergraduate students, all of whom are pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (MUPF), Teacher Certification (MUTC), or Composition (MUCP).
All students wishing to be in the studio must be accepted to both Texas Tech University and the School of Music. Each requires its own separate application, and admission to the School of Music requires a live audition (taped auditions are acceptable under very special circumstances). Audition dates are usually scheduled in February and March, with admission and scholarship decisions made by mid-March. Full information on applying and auditioning for admission, including audition dates, can be found here on the School of Music website.
Auditions for the Tuba and Euphonium studio continue to be very competitive. Successful students in recent years have started the application process early and have followed up with regular contact with Dr. Wass. Most (but not all) who are accepted study privately on their instruments and have reached the state level in UIL solo and ensemble or in TMEA or ATSSB All-State competitions. Many also own their instruments, or have begun saving money to make this important purchase. High School academics are also important, as admission standards at Texas Tech are rather high.
Scholarships are also very competitive but are available for top students. Scholarships will not cover a student's entire tuition costs, and most scholarships are for amounts that cover less than half of tuition. It is crucial that students pursue all scholarships and financial aid that are available to them. Some students in recent years have been able to fund their entire tuition and fees and even part of their other expenses through a combination of music and academic scholarships from Texas Tech and other scholarships from their high schools or communities.
There are limited spots in the studio for students pursuing the Master of Music (MM) or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees in tuba or euphonium performance.
There are two studio teaching assistantship (both available for Fall 2019) that can be offered to either masters or doctoral level students. Duties include teaching lessons to music majors and non-majors, assisting with the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and the Low Brass Methods course, and performing with the Graduate Brass Quintet. The assistantships carry a partial tuition and fee waiver and a stipend, and out-of-state tuition is waived.
The Texas Tech University Graduate School also offers limited fellowship and scholarship awards to graduate students. Many application deadlines are early and these awards are very competitive. More information can be found at the TTU Graduate School website.
The application procedure for graduate students is outlined here at the School of Music website. Students should begin the process early to be sure all paperwork is filed well ahead of deadlines for admission and financial aid. Any missing paperwork will result in delayed admission decisions or loss of financial aid opportunities, including the studio assistantship.
Auditions for the graduate program can be scheduled privately, and will not normally be conducted until all application materials have been submitted. The deadline for auditioning for admission to the tuba-euphonium studio is March 1 for enrollment in the following fall semester, but students wishing to be considered for assistantship, fellowship or scholarship financial aid must have auditions completed and all materials submitted by February 1.