Campbell is in his third year with the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra and is currently serving as one of the ensemble's principal percussionists. Last summer, Campbell attended the Brevard Music Festival and had the opportunity to study with renowned percussionists and timpanists from the Houston, Detroit, and Jacksonville Symphonies. Campbell was also accepted into the 2021 Juilliard Percussion Seminar and he was a participant of the Hilton Head Jazz Camp in South Carolina.
This upcoming summer, Campbell will perform in Carnegie Hall and tour to the Dominican Republic as one of the selected percussionists with the National Youth Orchestra 2.
Campbell is currently an 11th grader at Pusch Ridge High School and he first began studying with me as a third grader. During my multiple years in Georgia, Campbell continued with virtual lessons over zoom and continued to win awards and progress exponentially. To watch his growth over the past nine years has been an absolute joy. It is always a privilege to work with students as dedicated and passionate as Campbell.
Campbell Stewart will perform Mvt. IV of Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra on Sunday, March 19th at 3:30 PM in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona at the Civic Orchestra's FREE concert!
Campbell will also be performing Hovhanness' Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints for xylophone and orchestra at the Tucson Philharmonia's Spring Gala on April 23 and he has been selected to solo with the Southern Arizona Symphony next season.
I am very excited to officially announce that I have recently won the Principal Percussion audition with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and will be moving back to Arizona to begin performing with the ensemble this season. My debut concerts took place on November 11 and November 13 and included Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Juan Pablo Contreras' brand new "MeChicano".
It was a dream of mine as a young percussionist growing up in Tucson to one day be the principal percussionist of the TSO. I feel extremely grateful and lucky that the stars aligned in this particular instance, allowing my wife and me an opportunity to move back to our hometown. To live near friends and family again and to perform with the ensemble that first inspired me to pursue a career in orchestral percussion is wonderful.
Please check out the EVENTS tab of my website to check out my upcoming performances with the TSO. I would love to reconnect with many of you now that I am back in AZ. Please reach out and let me know if you plan on attending a concert this season!
And, for students in the area, please note that I am slowly rebuilding my private percussion studio. My studio in GA grew to include 42 private percussion students and many of these students will be continuing on with me via virtual lessons. However, if you live in the Tucson area and are interested pursuing in-percussion lessons, please reach out. You can view my LESSONS tab for more information.
Today's Student Spotlight Interview features Alyssa Prichard, a recent graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson, AZl. Alyssa first joined my studio in 2016 and is currently a participant at the renowned Brevard Summer Music Festival in North Carolina. It has been remarkable to see Alyssa's musical growth over these past two years. Her numerous successes and accomplishments have proven that hard work and dedication will always prevail! It's been an absolute privilege working with Alyssa and I'm wishing her the absolute best as she begins her musical journey at The U of A on a merit scholarship this Fall!
In March of 2018, I auditioned for The National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." With a few hundred applicants every year, I was honored to be chosen as the NCSC winner and was given the special opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the Pershing's Own. The Army flew me out to Washington D.C. last week to rehearse with the band and perform Emmanuel Sejourne's Concerto for Marimba at their outdoor concert in front of the United States Capitol Building. It was an absolute privilege and honor to share the stage with such remarkable musicians and it's an experience I won't soon forget.
It's winter break now and I've successfully completed my first semester of grad school! As I reflect on these past five months and prepare for the New Year, I figured it was long overdue to finally post about my experiences in grad school thus far. So, that being said, here is my attempt to summarize everything that has happened since my last website update back in June...
I'm back home in the United States after spending the past two weeks in Powell River, British Columbia for the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. This was my second year attending PRISMA and I had such a fabulous time reconnecting with friends from last summer, as well as meeting many new incredible musicians from around the world. The members of our percussion section came from Texas, Washington, Canada, and South Africa! Continue reading as I describe my unique experiences and share some photos from PRISMA 2017!