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SymbiosisDuo

Dr. Stacy Baker is Professor of Music - Tuba/Euphonium at Morehead State University (KY) where she was honored as the 2016-2017 Distinguished Creative Productions Award recipient and the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher. Originally from Harsens Island, MI, she graduated summa cum laude with her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan as a James B. Angell scholar and holds a D.M.A. with highest honors from the University of Illinois. Baker formed the professional tuba euphonium duo, SYMBIOSISDUO, with Dr. Gail Robertson in 2007 to increase awareness of the tuba/euphonium duo as a performance medium and to promote and disseminate new works for this unique combination of instruments. Baker serves on the board of directors of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. She has served on the board of directors of the International Women’s Brass Conference and as co-editor of the IWBC Newsletter. Her feature article: “Making and Maintaining a Great Lip-Reed” appeared in the September 2019 edition of the ArbanZone online magazine.

Dr. Gail Robertson serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Central Arkansas. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. from Indiana University. Robertson performed for 10 years with the world-famous Tubafours at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where she was musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, Tubas Under the Boardwalk. She completed her D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University. She is president of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and serves on the board of directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival. She is past president of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) and served as chair/chief editor of the International Tuba and Euphonium Press (2012-2017). She is a recipient of Tau Beta Sigma’s highest honor, the Outstanding Service to Music Award. She was awarded the ITEA’s Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for her research manuscript, “Restoring the Euphonium’s Legacy as Cello of the Wind Band.” Robertson has published articles, reviews and compositions in British Brass Band World, Bandworld, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s, ITEA Journal.

Alex Thio hails from Singapore and received his undergraduate training in music at Grace College. He earned the graduate degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Alex frequently collaborates with fellow musicians at concerts, conventions and competitions throughout the nation. He currently instructs in piano performance and music theory in the Cincinnati area and serves as Director of Praise Band Ministries at FBC Glen Este in Batavia, Ohio.
 



T.O. Sterrett hails from northern Florida and attended Duke University. His concert music has been performed by the New Haven Symphony, the Gainesville (Florida) Orchestra, the Emerald Trio, percussionist Gordon Gottleib, pianist Marija Stroke, euphoniumist Gail Robertson, tubists Stacy Baker and Michael Eastep, New York Philharmonic saxophonist Albert Regni, flautist Karen Bogardus, and others. As a pianist and conductor, he has worked on fifteen different Broadway shows. As a composer, orchestrator, and music producer, Mr. Sterrett has worked on several Emmy-nominated Film/TV projects, and his music has been heard on Saturday Night Live, Cold Case Files, American Justice, Investigating History, and many other programs. He also is the Composer/Lyricist for Animaloopidy, a critically acclaimed CD of music “for kids of any age” featuring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and other Broadway performers.
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