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Demondrae Thurman

Professor of Music (Euphonium)

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musicadm@indiana.edu
812-855-7998


Education
  • D.M.A., Trombone Performance, University of Alabama, 2010
  • M.M., Euphonium Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
  • B.M., Euphonium Performance, University of Alabama, 1996
Biography

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is excited to welcome Demondrae Thurman as professor of music in euphonium beginning August 1, 2018. Read the news release.

For information regarding admissions, please contact musicadm@indiana.edu or 812-855-7998.

Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of a formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe inspiring,” and he is touted as “an amazing musician.” He as a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist, having performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. Many of America's premier colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher, and he continues to be in high demand. Over the past 10 years, he has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and Leonard Falcone Competition. His primary teachers are John Stevens, J. Michael Dunn, James Jenkins, and Daniel Drill.

Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. The quartet has released three recordings on the Summit Records label, all of which have garnered stellar reviews. Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of Johns Stevens won the International Tuba Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006. The quartet has been featured several times on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Thurman is in demand as a euphonium specialist for symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.

Thurman released his first solo recording, Soliloquies, on the Summit Records label in 2005. It received a 9/9 out of 10/10 from classicstoday.com, and he was referred to as “having earned (his) stripes as one of the premier euphonium players in the world.” Showing his dedication to new music, all of the music on the recording was written for him or with his playing in mind. His second album, Songs of a Wayfarer, was released in 2011, and Snapshots: The Spirit of Collaboration was released in 2014. He can also be heard on recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and New South Jazz Orchestra.

He is a Miraphone Performing Artist and plays exclusively the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador “Edition” euphonium, which was designed specifically for him. He also plays the custom “Demondrae” model mouthpiece manufactured by Warburton Music Products and is a Shires Trombone Performing Artist.