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Chocolate? Flowers? How about a serenade

Tuba concert 2010You could give your sweetheart some chocolate or flowers for Valentine’s Day. Or you could give your loved one a Tuba Valentine.

A Tuba Valentine is a 15-minute concert performed by a quartet from the UNT chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

The performance costs $30 if it’s on campus, with a $5 discount for students, and $40 off campus. The concert also comes with a chocolate rose and card – and an unforgettable expression on the recipient’s face.

“The first reaction is usually surprise and awe, but in a good way,” says Zack Corpus, master's degree tuba performance student and president of the association. “Most have no expectation of anything like this. It takes the notion of a barbershop quartet in a completely different direction.”

Alumna Meredith Healy, a 2004 graduate of the Euphonium Studio and a current member of the U.S. Air Forces Band in Europe, came up with the idea. The proceeds are used to bring guest artists to campus for students to learn more about music and tuba/euphonium.

“It also helps the students attend conferences to represent UNT and enhance our musical learning experience,” Corpus said.

The group performs about 50 to 70 Valentines a year.

“My favorite part of performing the Tuba Valentine concerts is seeing the look on people's faces when they realize what is happening,” Corpus said. “It is always a transition from ‘Why are there tubas in front of me?’ to ‘Wow! This is awesome!’”

To order a Tuba Valentine:

  • Orders can be placed now and can be scheduled past Valentine's Day, depending on availability.
  • The performances take place mostly on campus and the city of Denton. The group can travel around the Dallas-Fort Worth region, but this also depends on availability and the group prefers that times are scheduled in the evening or on the weekend.
  • Email unttubavalentines@gmail.com and the group will contact you about placing an order and payment.

The quartet’s repertoire includes the following classics, as made famous by these performers:

New selections are:

- Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

The International Tuba Euphonium Association performs a 2010 holiday concert, above. (Photo by Michael Clements)

Posted on: Wed 01 February 2012

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