Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

June 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor music professor earns international award for tuba recording

Dr. Kent Eshelman

Dr. Kent Eshelman

"Flavors" features previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as transcriptions of works written for other instruments.

“Flavors” features previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as transcriptions of works written for other instruments.

Dr. Kent Eshelman, an assistant professor of instrumental studies in Baylor’s School of Music, has earned a prestigious international award for his recent album of tuba solos.

Eshelman received the International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording for the album “Flavors.” The recording, released in June 2013, was supported in part by a grant from the University Research Committee.

As its title suggests, “Flavors” showcases a diverse collection of music with varying styles and moods.  Some of the compositions were written specifically for Eshelman by prominent brass composers, while others are works which were written for other instruments and adapted for tuba by Eshelman.

Eshelman says the process of expanding the tuba’s repertoire through composition, performance and recording parallels the investigation, research and publication undertaken by faculty in science fields.

“For those in the performing arts, performing is research,” he explains. “Like other researchers, performers invest their time and energy exploring various aspects of their discipline and attain unique results that must be shared with peers and students.  In many ways, recording provides the ideal format for performance from both an academic and artistic standpoint.  It allows for wider dissemination than a live performance and it offers the possibility for the performance to be studied and consulted as a reference.”

Click here to read more about Eshelman’s award on the Baylor Media Communications website.

February 26, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Baylor Percussion Symposium

Baylor Percussion SymposiumThe Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to join with the School of Music and others in sponsoring the 2014 Baylor Percussion Symposium, taking place this weekend.

The symposium features concerts and master classes with some of the most innovative composers and performers in modern music.  All events, including performances by Tristan Perich, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo, and the Baylor Percussion Group are free and open to the public.

Click here to visit the symposium’s Tumblr page for more information and a full schedule of events.