Kevin Wass, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Texas Tech University, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree (summa cum laude) from Dana College in Blair, Neb., and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University.
He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Disneyland All-American College Band, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Omaha, Lincoln, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and various brass chamber groups. Solo appearances have included competitions in the United States, Canada, and the Czech Republic, and recitals and concerto appearances at colleges, universities, and regional and international tuba-euphonium conferences.
Wass’s teaching experience is equally varied, with experience as a band and orchestra director at the elementary and high school levels as well as private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. In addition to his duties at Tech, he has served on the faculty of the Las Vegas Music Festival and currently serves as principal tubist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. His principal studies have been with Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, and Craig Fuller.
A long-time member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), Wass has served on the board of directors of the organization as conferences coordinator and was founding chair of the ITEA Harvey G. Phillips Awards for Excellence in Composition.
Collaborative pianist Susan Wass performs regularly with string, woodwind, and brass artists in recitals and conferences throughout the United States and abroad, including the International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s international conferences in Linz, Austria; Regina, Saskatchewan; Tucson; and Cincinnati; and regional conferences in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as the annual Big 12 Trombone Conference in Lubbock, Texas.
She specializes in flute and tuba/euphonium repertoire and has played with such artists as Carol Wincenc and Jean Ferrandis on flute, Oystein Baadsvik, James Gourlay, and Tim Buzbee on tuba and Steven Mead, Brian Bowman, and Ben Pierce on euphonium.
Wass attended the University of Houston, where she studied piano with Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon. She completed her master’s degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Leonard Hokanson. She has held the position of senior staff accompanist at Texas Tech University since 2002 and especially enjoys playing new music as well as rarely performed music.