Aaron VanderWeele is the recipient of the 2007 International Euphonium Player of the Year—only the third American to receive that prestigious recognition.
Mr. VanderWeele joined the Euphonium Faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in September 2013. He is also the Euphonium Instructor at New Jersey City University. In addition to his teaching positions, VanderWeele 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).
In 2014, he became an Adams Custom Artist for the famous Adams Musical Instruments company. He joins a number of high profile euphonium artists and international euphonium ambassadors including David Werden, Matt Tropman, Fernando Deddos, Brian Wilson, Dr. Matthew van Emmerik and Koichiro Suzuki, among others.
He was honored to perform a solo euphonium recital at the 2014 U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. He has also contributed solo recitals at ITEA regional conferences, including the 2013 and 2011 Northeast Tuba Euphonium Conferences at Ithaca College of Music and Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music.
What Steven Mead, Professional Euphonium Soloist and Professor of Euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music, said about him:
“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.”
For 16 years Mr. VanderWeele 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 the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Jersey City University School of Music, Drama and Theatre, Boston Conservatory of Music and Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music. Summer 2014 found him appearing at the Milnarik Tuba Euphonium Academy along with other guest artists, Demondrae Thurmon and Velvet Brown. He is a former Adjunct Faculty Instructor of Euphonium at Nyack College.
His extensive discography includes solo performances on 23 professional recordings & 4 solo recordings: Aaron VanderWeele Down Under (1994); Air ‘N Variations (2003); Aaron VanderWeele & David Daws: Live in Oslo (2006) and Panache (2008).
The Brass Herald Magazine applauded his most recent solo recording, Panache:
“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
His private studio spans from North America to the UK and beyond thanks to the miracle of modern technology via Skype Lessons. His private students now study at such prestigious institutions as the University of North Texas (Bowman Euphonium Studio), University of Georgia, Eastman School of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Interlochen Arts Academy. He teaches all levels of education from elementary students to post graduate and retirees.
Euphonium virtuoso David Childs said:
“Aaron VanderWeele is a euphonium virtuoso of glowing sonority. With a phenomenal technique, equaled by intuitive musicality, it is not surprising that Aaron is a well-respected euphonium ambassador and pedagogue on both sides of the Atlantic.”
He 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, Evan and Matthew.