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Area musician to study overseas

Monday, May 30, 2011

John Philip Huber was recently accepted into the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales. [Order this photo]
John Philip Huber didn't expect such a prompt reply.

The 2010 Indiana State University graduate and Brazil resident had sent an audition DVD to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales, earlier this year and only weeks later, was informed he had been accepted to continue his studies there.

He will begin further study at the college in the fall and will study Euphonium performance with David Childs.

The 2005 Greencastle High School graduate's interest peaked in the college after attending the International Euphonium Institute in Atlanta in 2007.

While there, Huber -- the son of Matt and Melanie Huber -- had a lesson with Childs. He later met David's father, Robert, at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati in 2008.

Huber's passion to attend the school caused him to create the DVD at First Baptist Church in Terre Haute. He received assistance from Susan and TJ Sneddon, along with Jim Cheeseman -- who engineered the DVD -- and ISU Professor of Music Theory Curt Pennington, who accompanied Huber on the piano.

"It happened really, really fast," Huber said of receiving word he had been accepted into the private school. "I was really surprised about that."

The school has approximately 600 music and drama students. Notable graduates include actor Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Huber's love for the euphonium drew him to the college.

"I want to study over there because my instrument originated in Europe," he said. "I also wanted to expand my knowledge of British Brass Bands and euphonium repertoire."

Huber will visit the school later this year during its dedication of a new performing arts center.

"It's a two-year program with three terms in the fall, spring and summer," Huber said. "I've been thinking about this for a while. I said to myself, "If I go over to the UK to study, wouldn't it be cool to study where your instrument originated from?'"

For a few months, Huber has focused his attention on private music lessons he has been giving since January.

He said he has four students and provides lessons on the trumpet, tuba, French horn and trombone.

In addition, he performs with the Indianapolis Wind Symphony, based in Carmel, and also teaches private lessons one day a week at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School.

He also is a member of both the Brazil Concert Band and Jackson Township Community Band.

"The private lessons have been going well so far," Huber said. "The more you teach students, the more better of a player you become.

"But I'm going to miss my private students deeply."

Huber said classes begin in September and he plans to pursue his Master of Arts in music performance.

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John, you are an amazingly blessed man and a world class musician. I believe there are some grand things in store for you my friend!! Congratulations!! Rick

-- Posted by RickS on Mon, May 30, 2011, at 11:08 PM

Congratulations John, you are so deserving of this. I agree with Rick, there are grand things in store for you!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 10:15 AM

Congratulations John!!! What an accomplishment and honor. We hope you'll keep us folks back home up to date with your learning experiences! Best of everything!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 5:08 PM

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