The IUP will welcome an internationally renowned tubist in residence | Community News
Internationally renowned tuba player Jim Self, a 1965 graduate of Indiana University in Pennsylvania, will be a guest artist in residence at the IUP from March 27-30.
Self, a Franklin native who also lived in Oil City, is a 2003 IUP Distinguished Alumni Award winner. He is an independent musician based in Los Angeles. Since 1974 he has worked for every major Hollywood studio, performing for over 1,500 films and hundreds of TV shows and records. His solos in major films include John William’s scores for ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ and ‘Hook’, and he was the ‘mothership voice’ of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
“Our alumni are generous with their talents, contacts, and resources, donating funds for scholarships and other student-centered resources, and taking time for residencies like this,” said the Dean of the IUP College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Dr. Curt Scheib. . “Jim Self is a great example of someone who has built an extraordinary career and continues to give back, inspiring and guiding generations of music students at IUP.”
During his residency at IUP there will be three concerts, all free and open to the public, featuring Self in performance, performances of Self’s music or music from a CD collection produced by Self .
The first concert is part of IUP’s fifth Tubaphonium Day on Sunday. Tubaphonium Day is an opportunity for tuba, euphonium and baritone players of all ages to join the IUP Tuba and Euphonium Studio for a day of performance and learning.
In addition to masterclasses and a recital by guest artist Self, the day concludes with a 6 p.m. gala concert at IUP’s Cogswell Hall featuring Self, the Tubaphonium Day Mass Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and the ‘IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble.
Chamber Music by Jim Self will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall. This concert will feature IUP students and their families performing solo and chamber works by Self.
The last residency concert is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gorell Recital Hall. This concert, “The Music of David Angel,” will feature selections from Self-produced 2020 CD set of music by Los Angeles-based jazz composer David Angel. IUP students, faculty and graduates will perform Angel’s music.
Self and his wife, Jamie, continue to support IUP and IUP music students through various initiatives. The Selfs financed the creation of the Legacy Brass Quintet, the specialized student brass quintet. The Legacy Brass Quintet performs advanced quintet repertoire and receives specialist coaching from IUP’s brass faculty. It also continues to support student musicians with the Jim and Jamie Self Tuba Scholarship and has provided funds for the Jim Self Chamber Brass Collecting House at the Orendorff Music Library.
In honor of his contributions to IUP, in 2012 a room in IUP’s Cogswell Hall, which houses IUP’s music department, was named the Jim and Jamie Self Brass and Jazz Room.
A number of concerts by IUP faculty and students have featured works by Self, including concerts during the university’s OcTUBA Fest.
IUP and IUP music faculty member Dr. Zach Collins are both recipients of the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording. Collins’ award was for his album Chronicle, which includes Self’s composition, “Dozeanddeeze.”
As a solo artist, Self, a Yamaha Performing Artist, regularly performs around the world. In addition to his work with motion pictures, Self holds principal tuba positions with the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and principal tuba/cimbasso with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra which recently did a two-year run of the Wagner Ring Cycle. and won a Grammy for Kurt Weill’s “Mahagonney.”
Self is a past president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. He is a former faculty member at the University of Tennessee, Principal Tuba of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and former member of the United States Army Band, Washington, D.C.
In addition to his degree from IUP, Self has a degree from Catholic University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he is an Adjunct Professor. tuba and chamber music. While at USC, he organized the USC Bass Tuba Quartet which won first prize for chamber ensembles at Indiana University’s 2014 ITEC.
For 35 years, Self was the leader of Tuba Christmas in Los Angeles. For several years, he sponsored Creative Tuba scholarships at various American universities. In 2011, he officially endowed the biannual Jim and Jamie Self Creative Award through ITEA. In December 2008, Self was invited by Gene Pokorny to play a week of Symphonie Fantastique with the Chicago Symphony. Self was voted the Most Valuable Player for Tuba three times by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and named Distinguished Honoree in 1987. In June 2008, Self received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Tuba-Euphonium Association with the Cincinnati Conservatory. . During this same conference, he also received the 1st Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording (Jazz) for his CD “InnerPlay”. At the next ITEC in Linz, Austria in 2010, he received the Harvey Philips Prize for Excellence in Composition for his piece for eight tubas and drums, “Woojoo”.
Self is also a published composer and arranger. It has around 60 titles for brass, strings and wind chamber music, works for band, orchestra, solo tuba and trombone.
The Pacific Symphony asked him to write a feature film for the orchestra called “Tour de Force: Episodes for Orchestra”. The 13-minute piece premiered at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Orange County from April 17–20, 2008, to great acclaim. He has since composed “Tour de Force for Wind Ensemble”, which had its premiere at the IUP in 2009. A Brass Band version was premiered at six concerts by the River City Brass Band in 2013.
In addition to its scholarships and other financial support at IUP, the Selfs have endowed instrumental scholarships at Oil City High School and tuba scholarships at the University of Tennessee. In 2012, they endowed a Creative Tuba Award through ITEA and offered seed capital to ITEA to establish a general endowment. Self is active in commissioning new works.