Assistant Professor of Tuba & Euphonium and Brass Area Coordinator, Dr. Jeremy Crawford, released his second solo album, “Hummingbird”, earlier this week. The album features works for solo tuba and tape/digital playback. You may listen now on Spotify.
Dr. Jeremy Crawford is the Assistant Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at the University of Alabama. Additional teaching responsibilities include brass chamber music, brass methods, and directing the UA Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble. At Alabama Dr. Crawford is a member of the Faculty Brass Quintet, which performs every year for students across the state of Alabama, and in the spring of 2012 toured Italy in a featured solo group with the UA Wind Ensemble. Prior to joining the faculty at UA, Jeremy served as an instructor at Alabama State University, where he taught applied tuba and euphonium, music appreciation, brass ensemble, and brass methods, and as an adjunct instructor at Shelton State University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Crawfird has performed in numerous ensembles throughout his career, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Band, Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Brass Quintet, and the Southeast Tuba Euphonium Quartet. Recent solo performances have included guest solos with the University of Alabama Trombone Choir, the UA Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble, and the UA Wind Ensemble. Recent conference appearances include performances at the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference, the Southeast Horn Workshop, the South-central and Southeast Tuba & Euphonium Conferences, the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Crawford is a passionate advocate for new music for the tuba. Dr. Crawford has commissioned several tuba ensemble pieces from student composers at the University of Alabama, helping to both expand the tuba ensemble repertoire and also help young composers establish themselves. Dr. Crawford recently gave the premiere of UA faculty member Dr. Amir Zahiri’s “to Bring to Bloom” at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Association, and in the fall will present one of the premieres of John Stevens’ new work for tuba and piano: “Five Muses.” Dr. Crawford is currently leading a commissioning consortium for a new tuba concerto for tuba and wind ensemble by renowned composer David Maslanka. Dr. Crawford will premiere this vital new work in April of 2019.
Jeremy hails from the Midwest, where he began his studies with John Manning at the University of Iowa, earning his bachelors of music in tuba performance. He continued his studies with Rex Martin at Northwestern University, completing his masters of music in tuba performance and literature in 2010. Jeremy headed south to study with Demondrae Thurman at the University of Alabama, where he earned the doctor of musical arts in tuba performance in 2014.