Instructor and Technical Coordinator
B.M., M.M., Illinois State University
Edward Risinger joined the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997 as instructor
of Tuba and Euphonium. He is also the Director of the Titan Band and Technical Coordinator
for the School of Music. Risinger performed for four years with the United States
Air Force Band in Washington D.C. As a member of the Ceremonial Brass, he played with
the Concert Band, Air Force Quintet, and performed numerous times in the Chamber Players
Concert Series. In addition, Risinger toured with the Air Force Band in Russia, Norway,
Sweden, and the Netherlands. He has performed with the Peoria Ballet, Peoria Symphony
and the Illinois Symphony and has played extensively throughout the Midwest and East
Coast performing in area symphonies, brass quintets, and as a soloist. He has served
as clinician and adjudicator at several music camps and festivals, including ITEA
and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Risinger received
his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Illinois State University where he studied
with Ed Livingston. Other teachers include David Fedderly and Rex Martin.
The Tuba and Euphonium Studio
The Tuba/Euphonium studio is very active. Students have the opportunity to play in
the resident IWU Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, which was established in 2002. This group
performs on and off campus. In addition, there is a tuba/euphonium ensemble, a second
and third tuba/euphonium quartet, a tuba trio, and a euphonium quartet. All chamber
groups play on various concerts throughout the year with a studio concert in February.
These ensembles are open to everyone in the studio and provide the students the opportunity
to play chamber music and learn the tuba/euphonium ensemble literature. Students are
encouraged to write original compositions for any one of the groups.
The tuba and euphonium students at IWU are quite successful, often winning the Concerto/Aria
Competition and Wind Ensemble Competition held in the School of Music. Many win national
and international competitions and have performed all over the states. Several of
the students have gone on to play in symphonies and teach throughout the US. In addition,
every student who has ever continued his or her education in music has been awarded
either a full assistantship or a scholarship to complete a Master of Music Degree.