TUBACHRISTMAS Founder Harvey Phillips Tuba ccomposer Alec Wilder in a serious moment Bill Bell (left) and his Tuba
TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.    The first TUBACHRISTMAS was held in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium. TUBACHRISTMAS was founded by Harvey Phillips who led many of the performances nationwide each year. He passed away last year at the age of 80. MurSto Productions began hosting TubaChristmas in the Hampton Roads area in 1987 as a way to encourage young musicians and to thank the musical community that supports our business.
MurSto Productions is proud to present TubaChristmas in Hampton Roads on behalf of The Harvey Phillips Foundation. Inc. a not-for-profit foundation incorporated in the state of New York and dedicated to "...developing, expanding, and preserving the music arts..."  The Foundation focuses special attention on musical instruments not ordinarily the object of other support.  The Foundation facilitates its goals by providing scholarship assistance to selected established institutions which offer academic and music performance training, by assisting the commission of new compositions and other performing repertoire, by creating opportunities for public performances, by building public audiences which appreciate and support performances of all musical instruments, by presenting public lectures and clinics which impart knowledge and understanding of the urgent and special needs of the music arts and performing musicians, by offering consultant services and public relations expertise to music arts organizations.  Donations to The HPF, Inc. are tax- deductible
TubaChristmas - Our History
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