Pre-College Tuba & Euphonium

June 20 – 25, 2022

This program, for senior high tuba and euphonium players, provides the opportunity to develop advanced technical and interpretive skills in a variety of musical styles and genres through master classes, individual lessons, and private practice time. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and learn about diverse facets of low brass literature and performance practice.

Low brass students will also have the opportunity to perform in tuba and euphonium choir, and low brass quartets as part of the ISYM Pre-College Academy.

Format: in-person on the Urbana-Champaign campus.


  • For students completing grades 8-12.
  • Two years of tuba/euphonium experience is recommended.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 10:30 am | Warm-Up Class and Large Ensemble
10:45 – 11:45 am | Low Brass Quartets
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm | Individual Practice
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Large Ensemble
3:45 – 4:45 pm | Master Class
5:15 pm | Dinner and Evening Activities

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form
  • There is no audition requirement for acceptance to this program.
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.

Accepted Students

  • Additional information will be available after April 1, 2022, including placement audition. Accepted students will be asked to send us a short recording about a week before the program for placement purposes.


  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

Scott Tegge, University of Illinois

Scott Tegge dedicates his career to the performance and expansion of repertoire for the tuba and brass quintet, and to developing the next generation through his work as an educator. With a long-standing passion for chamber music, Scott has performed extensively in brass quintets since the age of fourteen, and founded his current ensemble, the Gaudete Brass Quintet, in 2004. (pronounced gow-day-tay.) Toward the goal of leaving future musicians a robust and expanded repertoire, Scott and the Gaudete Brass are particularly committed to commissioning original works for brass, and have premiered more than fifty new works to date. Keeping a rigorous touring schedule, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has performed at renowned venues including the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Symphony Space, Kaufman Music Center, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. With the quintet, Scott has recorded award-winning albums: Brass Outings (2006, self-produced), winner of the CDBaby Editors’ Choice distinction and nominee for Just Plain Folks Best Classical Chamber Album; Conversations in Time with organist R. Benjamin Dobey (2011, Pro Organa); and Chicago Moves, produced by Grammy winner Judith Sherman and featuring several of its commissioned works (2012, Cedille Records). The quintet’s latest album, sevenfive – The John Corigliano Effect, released in February 2017 (Cedille Records), brings a fresh perspective to the legacy of the prolific American composer with an inventive collection of new works by five of his protégés, commissioned by the Gaudete Brass in honor of Corigliano’s 75th birthday celebration. With Gaudete Brass, Scott has presented extensive educational programs, master classes, and concerts at The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University, as well as at numerous high schools and community music schools as part of the quintet’s touring activity. Scott serves on the faculties of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University (Chicago, IL), and Carthage College (Kenosha, WI). In addition to teaching tuba, euphonium, and chamber music, Scott has developed methods to teach students how to think differently about a life in music, which grew into semester-long courses on entrepreneurial career building. Scott also coaches young musicians at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and maintains a large private studio. He regularly freelances with orchestras in the Chicagoland area, and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on creative career development, entrepreneurship, and building successful teaching studios. | Attend a virtual open house with Scott.