Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dr. Justin Benavidez, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium

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Dr. Justin Benavidez is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to joining the faculty at TAMUK, he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan. His previous studies include the completion of a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas. Dr. Benavidez’ principal teachers have been Fritz Kaenzig, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Michigan and Principal Tubist with the Grant Park (Chicago) Orchestra; Donald Little, Regents Professor of Tuba at the University of North Texas, Principal Tubist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, and former Principal Tubist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; Everett Gilmore, former Principal Tubist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and Warren Deck, Tuba Artist-Faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and former Principal Tubist with the New York Philharmonic.

Dr. Benavidez has held Principal Tuba positions with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic, the Warren Symphony Orchestra, and the DTE Energy Music Theatre Orchestra. He has also performed as substitute tubist with the Ann Arbor and Dearborn Symphony Orchestras. In addition to his orchestral performances, Dr. Benavidez was also a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. Dr. Benavidez is an alumnus of the 2010 and 2011 Aspen Music Festivals and is a Substitute Tuba for the New World Symphony.

As an active solo performer, Dr. Benavidez has been a finalist and prize winner at the Kingsville International Young Performers’ Competition, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference Solo Artist Competition, the Susan Slaughter Solo Artist Competition, and the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival Competition. Additionally, he has been honored to receive a Regents Fellowship from the University of North Texas, the Outstanding Student Award presented to a graduating senior from the University of North Texas College of Music, a Graduate Fellowship Award for graduate studies at the University of Michigan, and the prestigious Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellowship for doctoral studies at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Benavidez can be heard on the album Infusion (Mark Records) performing with the University of North Texas Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher, as a tuba soloist on the album Raise the Roof (Equilibrium) performing with the University of Michigan Symphony Band under the direction of Michael Haithcock, and on various recordings with the Aspen Music Festival, most notably with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra performing Mahler Symphony No. 9 under the direction of Christian Arming.

Contact Information

Music Department
BMUS Rm216
MSC 174 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-2820
fax: 361-593-2816
email: justin.benavidez@tamuk.edu
Personal Website: http://www.justinbenavidez.com

This page was last updated on: February 18, 2013