Stephenville TubaChristmas announces 2021 conductors

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Stephenville's TubaChristmas recently announced the lineup of conductors for the 2021 TubaChristmas event. This year's event features not one, not two, but three conductors.

Honoring the Stephenville Independent School District's band programs of the past, this years TubaChristmas concert will be conducted by the following directors (in alphabetical order): Jim Alexander, Wendell Gideon, and Jim Perry.

“I am so excited to offer our TubaChristmas performers the opportunity to play under these three former Stephenville ISD directors” said Stephenville TubaChristmas coordinator James Woodward.

“These three directors have a total of 48 years experience directing bands in the SISD, and I wanted to honor them and the SISD program,” Woodward added.

Stephenville's Third Annual TubaChristmas is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Tuba and euphonium players of any age and ability level are welcome to perform in the all-volunteer musical ensemble. The concert features familiar Christmas songs such as “Jingle Bells", “Silent Night”, and “Joy To The World” arranged for a four-part ensemble of tubas and euphoniums.

Performers will rehearse for about 90 minutes and them perform a concert that will be free and open to the public.

“Since our rehearsal time is limited, it's very important that all the performers prepare in advance by practicing their music. We only have 10-11 minutes to rehearse each piece of music the day of the event,” Woodward said.

Any tuba or euphonium players wishing to perform in this year's concert are encouraged to visit the group's Facebook page, Stephenville TubaChristmas or email Woodward at stephenvilletubachristmas@gmail.com.

“This concert is open to players of all ages and ability levels,” Woodward said. “In 2019, we had 38 performers. The youngest was a 12-year-old junior high student and the oldest was a 70-something-year-old former band director.”

The location of this year's concert is yet to be determined.

“We outgrew our former location in 2019, so we have to find a new location that will allow for more musicians and more audience members,” Woodward said.

TubaChristmas was established in 1974 by University of Indiana Tuba Professor Harvey Phillips. That first event was held on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center in in New York City. In 2019, there were 327 TubaChristmas events held worldwide.

For more information on TubaChristmas, visit www.tubachristmas.com.