Title/Position: Assistant Professor of Tuba and EuphoniumProfile:
Why did you choose music as your career?
My earliest memories as a child are of my father playing his trombone and euphonium in our living room, and pestering him to listen to our collection of various wind band/orchestral LPs and cassettes just “one more time”.
I knew from a young age that music was what made me “tick,” and evoked a certain emotion within that made me feel complete as a person. I was always listening to music growing up, and had a desire to make it at the highest level I possibly could from a very young age. I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life, and have no regrets for pursuing my passion.
What would you say are the most outstanding moments of your professional life to date?
My most recent solo tour of Japan, and particularly the concert in Tokyo were very memorable. Another one, a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.2 with Jaap van Zweden will be stuck in my mind for quite a while as well.
Finish the statement, “Music is …”
- humanity expressed through sound.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
The ability to teach themselves on a daily basis in their own practice sessions. Also, to remain open minded while constantly striving to create new possibilities for the tuba/euphonium in a variety of musical mediums.
What music have you been listening to lately?
Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats album; New York Philharmonic recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No.6/Klaus Tennstedt, and Bruckner’s Symphony No.8/Zubin Mehta; and The Goat Rodeo Sessions album by Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am all about teaching consistency alongside creativity in everything that we do. When things are consistent, things are authoritative. When things are authoritative, people will LISTEN! When things are creative, the listener will most likely stay engaged throughout a performance.
The way you do anything, is the way you do everything.
Our goal should to be able to control these large brass instruments at an incredibly high level, so that when we see a phrase and silently sing it in our head we can instantly and effortlessly relay that musical message to the listener. At some points within music we are asked to be the leader, other times a follower, and at other times a joint collaborator. Knowing exactly how to control our instrument allows us to be free musically.
What do you expect from students at the Frost School of Music?
The Frost School of Music is unlike any other music school in the world!
The individualized opportunities provided across all the various disciplines is astonishing, and I fully expect my students to take advantage of this aspect of the school all the while creating their own “path” towards their personal goal(s).
Discipline, dedication, critical thinking, and passion are all indispensable tools for building character as well as a career.
Always come well prepared, keep your ignition/motivational switch on, and I promise that this journey will be one of the most memorable, worthwhile experiences of your life!
What can students expect from you as a teacher?
My students can expect to have a teacher who is constantly dedicated to their specific needs as a musician, honest, and always there to encourage their growth as individuals.
Aaron Tindall is assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s of Music degree in Euphonium Performance with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, UK, and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree on both the Euphonium and Tuba from The Pennsylvania State University. He has additional studies at Indiana University. His principal teachers have included Velvet Brown, Mel Culbertson, Warren Deck, Mike Dunn, Steven Mead, and Daniel Perantoni. He has also studied with Roger Bobo, and Dr. Benjamin Pierce. He previously served on the faculty of the Ithaca College - School of Music, Eastern Michigan University, at Penn State University as a visiting professor, and as a visiting tutor for tuba and euphonium at the Conservatoire National de Region in Perpignan, France.
With his solo playing described as being “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy” and his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation”, Aaron is an active performer. He has served as the acting principal tubist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and has held the principal tuba position with the Aspen Festival Orchestra where he was an orchestral fellow. He frequently appears as a soloist and guest artist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been a featured Guest Artist at all of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences since 2006, performed in England with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and has collaborated as substitute/additional tubist with orchestras such as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. His solo playing has been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” radio show.
Tindall has been a prizewinner of many competitions (solo & chamber) across the world. He has also been a two-time finalist in the prestigious Concert Artist Guild Competition.
He has recorded two successful solo albums that were released to great critical acclaim. Songs of Ascent, and the award winning album This is My House… He can also be heard on other recordings such as Simply Velvet, and the Eufonix quartet albums End Game, Brink, and Nuclear Breakfast.
With his soothing tone and excellent control of flexibility and articulation, Aaron Tindall has mastered the demanding technical challenges of the four masterpieces included in his first solo tuba recording, Songs of Ascent. His gift for lyricism prompted Roger Kellaway to state: “For more than 30 years I have been exploring the melodic qualities of the Tuba in my compositions. Aaron Tindall expresses this point beautifully.”
Aaron is a Denis Wick - London artist and design specialist, having recently designed their complete Ultra Range AT signature series tuba mouthpieces. He is also a Buffet Group Tuba/Euphonium Artist and Clinician, and exclusively performs on the MW 6450/2 CC Tuba, MW 2165/2 CC Tuba, MW 2182/W F Tuba, and the Besson 2052-2 Prestige Euphonium.