What an exhausting weekend! NERTEC 2017 (my very first tuba conference) is officially in the books. This was a pretty eventful weekend, aside from being named the winner of the Tuba Artist Competition (which was cool), I also had the chance to attend recitals given by some of my long time tuba idols (now that was cool!), people that until this past weekend were just names and sounds on a CD. Hearing such players as Daniel Perantoni, Steven Mead, James Gourlay, and others has to be one of my top musical experiences to date. Thank you.
The last few days (since being inducted into the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship class of 2017) have been rich with new experiences. I am so thankful to everyone who took the time to contact me. Thank you to The Yale School of Music for featuring me on your website and to Lynn University and CNN Money for your interviews, I cannot wait to see how your stories come out. I am a strong believer in the power of impact, I cannot say thank you enough times to all of the people, experiences, and institutions that have altered my life’s direction. It is true that we are all bound by the laws of nature to exist, but my existence in this one possible outcome of life is because of all of you. Thank you.
I am beyond thrilled to share this most humbling news. It’s been nearly six months since I started the fellowship application process for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. Today I am honored to say that I have been accepted as one of the thirty inductees to the class of 2017. I am both hopeful and confident that this lifelong platform will afford me the network needed to achieve my goal of a national music education reform in the United States. Congratulations to the other inductees who represent some of the best universities in the country (Yale, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Juilliard, UCSF, University of Iowa).
Since its founding in 1997, the Paul and Daisy Soros community has grown to 605 fellows including the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Olympic Gold Medalist Amy Chow, US Ambassador and Diplomat Julissa Reynoso, Lieutenant Governor of Washington State Cyrus Habib, Venture Capitalist Zaw Thet, among another 600 fellows in various leading positions in their specialized fields.
I would be remiss if I did not thank all of the people who have helped, guided, and inspired me throughout these last several years. Thank you to my ever encouraging fiancé Nicole Kukieza, my supportive parents Guto Guimaraes and Yolanda Guimaraes, my loving sister and brother-in-law Mariana Santelli and Brad Santelli, and my teachers, guides, mentors, and institutions, Kenneth Amis, Carol Jantsch, Thomas C. Duffy, Thomas McKinley, Patrick and Therese Galas Anello, Astrid Baumgardner, Lynn University, Yale University and the Yale University Fellowship Office for your time and attention in preparing me for my interviews.
I had a wonderful time working with two of my long-time friends Jason DeGroff (Director of Bands) and Alex Casimiro (Associate Director of Bands) at the University of New Haven. (2006, the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.)
I worked briefly with the UNH Symphonic band in preparation for their upcoming concert and later had to opportunity to guest lecture at one of their world music classes. The students were wonderful and I even had a couple of students stay after the lecture to engage in some more in-depth conversation about Brazilian music, scales, Carol Dweck’s ‘growth mindset’ studies, and marine biology – yes – marine biology. It is not too often that I have an audience to truly geek out to.
I am excited to announce that I was selected as a finalist at the 2017 NERTEC competition. I will be performing John Stevens’ “Triumph of the Demon Gods” and John Williams’ Tuba Concerto in late April in Ithaca, NY. Performances will be open to the public!
The end of the year always feels rushed with the many deadlines that need to be met. Festivals tapes, auditions, interviews, travels, professional engagements, WEDDING PREPARATIONS and school work are just a few of the items on the seemingly endless list. This year has so far been one of the busiest; being around so many ‘go getters’ here at the Yale School of Music makes one envy such thrill and ultimately pursue it for oneself. I applied to a few festivals this year and am incredibly glad to announce that most of these auditions yielded favorable results. Two of the festivals that I was accepted into were Chautauqua, which I have been fortunate to have done once before (2013) and Pacific Music Festival which is to be held in Sapporo, Japan. After some deliberation, I have decided to forego on the opportunity to return to Chautauqua and instead accept the offer from PMF.
Stay tuned for more updates from Japan (July-August 2017)
I am very proud to announce my acceptance into the “Music in Schools Initiative” program as a teaching artist. I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me a wider reach to meet and work with children from all walks of life. I am hopeful that in meeting so many new young musicians that I will be able to help some and open others’ eyes to the opportunities that lie within the field of music.
I am now entering my second week of the SIG at Yale University. When I applied for this position I was somewhat unsure of how this would help me and my musical career. I’ll be honest and say that the hours are longer than I thought and I haven’t been doing much playing, and since this camp is not a music camp I can’t even say that I’m around music all that much. BUT! Doing this camp has affirmed something that I have been saying for a while and THAT IS that in diversifying ones self one will inadvertently broaden ones mind (IN ALL WAYS!!!). Yes, perhaps my tuba playing hasn’t been tended to as much as I would have liked, but in doing this I have been inspired by all of these very special children around me. In seeing their ernest excitement for their varied interests, I have strengthened mine. In observing their intellectual prowess, I am encouraged, and motivated to increase my own.
In other words, JUST DO IT!!! If life experiences, events, pain, sorrow, happiness… can be heard in your music than WHY NOT EXPERIENCE THE WORLD. LET THE WORLD BE HEARD THROUGH YOUR MUSIC.
I am so happy to share that I was called and offered a position at the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria. The position was offered after one of the audition directors heard me play last year. Unfortunately, I will not be able to join them due to prior summer engagements.
You never know how your playing, past performances, failed auditions or any other number of engagements may affect you in later times. Always try your best and that will almost surely result in a positive outcome, be it in a victory, professional relations, or future engagements.
Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Provenzano for hosting me this past Wednesday (May, 25th) at your school. I had so much fun playing for your students and at your concert, such engaging audiences! I especially enjoyed the impromptu kindergarten dance party during one of my pieces. Thank you.