Aaron VanderWeele is the recipient of the 2007 International Euphonium Player of the Year— he is only the third American to receive that prestigious recognition.
Aaron joined the faculty of Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and New Jersey City University Music, Dance and Theatre Department in 2013. He is a member of the NEW YORK TUBA QUARTET with Alan Baer (New York Philharmonic), Derek Fenstermacher (New Jersey Symphony Orchestra) and Jason Ham (West Point Band).
He is an Adams Custom Artist and performs exclusively on the Adams E2 Custom Euphonium. Aaron is among several high profile international euphonium ambassadors for Adams Musical Instruments including David Werden, Matt Tropman, Fernando Deddos, Brian Wilson, Dr. Matthew van Emmerik and Koichiro Suzuki.
Aaron has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and conferences, including the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, and multiple Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences.
His extensive discography includes solo performances on twenty-three professional recordings and four solo recordings: Aaron VanderWeele Down Under (1994); Air ‘N Variations (2003); Aaron VanderWeele & David Daws: Live in Oslo (2006) and Panache (2008).
His solo recording, Panache received high praise from The Brass Herald Magazine:
“The complete mastery of the euphonium that Aaron VanderWeele displays throughout this recording means that the listener is able to forget about technique and all such physical matters—one can just sit back and listen to the sheer music being performed.” ~ Philip Biggs, Editor
For 16 years Aaron was the distinguished Euphonium Soloist of the world famous New York Staff Band. He has toured the world and performed in esteemed venues including Carnegie Hall with Elton John and Lincoln Center with the Canadian Brass & Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic. Solo performances include Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Philips Arena, Princeton University Alexander Hall/Richardson Auditorium. He has given Master Classes at Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, Boston Conservatory of Music, Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music and Milnarik Tuba Euphonium Academy.
His students have distinguished themselves by winning euphonium scholarships to attend the University of North Texas (Brian L. Bowman Euphonium Studio), University of Georgia, Eastman School of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Interlochen Arts Academy.
Steven Mead – euphonium virtuoso and worldwide leader of euphonium development – said this about Aaron:
“His skill as both a performer and teacher make him, in my eyes, one of the most important leaders of the low brass world in the whole of the USA. He is a master musician who clearly is able to communicate his craft to aspiring performers.”
Aaron is a man of faith and family who is passionate about encouraging others to develop their God-given ability. He lives in New Jersey and has two sons.