Directed by Associate Professor of Tuba Don Harry, Tuba Mirum consists of the combined euphonium and tuba studios at the Eastman School of Music. The ensemble gives a variety of concerts, with repertory ranging from Bach to Zappa. During the past year, the ensemble accompanied guest artist David Zerkel and was conducted by James Gourlay of the Royal Northern Conservatory.
Tuba Mirum hosts two events a year: an Autumn Tuba Conference and a Spring Tuba Conference. During these all participants are invited to perform solo repertory on a recital, and play as an ensemble on another concert, usually involving guest artists from the ranks of the tuba and euphonium world at large.
Tuba Mirum was founded by Cherry Beauregard, former Professor of Tuba, and was named The Tuba + so that other instruments could be included. After about a year the name was changed to Tuba Mirum (“wondrous war-trumpet”, from the Latin Requiem Mass) at the suggestion of Eastman’s Director and Dean, James Undercofler.