Joseph Skillen (Professor of Music) In addition to teaching applied tuba and euphonium, Dr. Skillen coaches chamber music, and performs with the Norem faculty brass quintet. He is in demand as a clinician and soloist as well as an active performer in both chamber music and orchestral ensembles.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Skillen studied in Stockholm, Sweden at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan with the renowned tubist Michael Lind. While in Sweden, Skillen performed frequently with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Other groups with whom Skillen has performed include the Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, The Galliard Brass Ensemble, Detroit Chamber Winds, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Western Brass Quintet, the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and Symphonia - an ensemble of the premiere artists and teachers in the United States. His performances have been broadcast on America's National Public Radio and on Sweden's National Radio.
Skillen's solo playing may be heard on the Mark, Bernel, Centaur, and Vestige labels. Recent ensemble recordings include The Kings of Brass, Tubalogy 601 Jazz CD on Mark Records (both with the Tennessee Tech Alumni Tuba Ensemble). His debut solo CD with pianist Jan Grimes, Blue Plate Special, was released in January 2002 on Mark Masters Recordings.
Currently Skillen serves as Secretary of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. His election to this position in addition to his numerous roles on international adjudication panels, presentations at International symposia, and international committee work continues to show the respect that Skillen has earned from his colleagues around the world.
Dr. Skillen holds degrees in music education and performance from Tennessee Technological University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. Prior faculty appointments include: Murray State University, Western Michigan University, and The University of Michigan-Flint.
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