Galante Endowed Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
314 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
In addition to teaching applied tuba and euphonium, Dr. Skillen coaches chamber music, and performs with the Norem faculty brass quintet. He is in demand as a clinician and soloist as well as an active performer in both chamber music and orchestral ensembles.
Prior to his engagement at LSU, Skillen has been principal tubist in several American orchestras, and has performed with touring ensembles across the United States, Europe and Russia. Additionally, he has presented solo performances on four continents. Some locations where Skillen has performed and/or taught include Brazil, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, China, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and numerous locations throughout the United States. He has been a finalist and winner in both American and International solo competitions, including winning first prize at the prestigious 1997 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba festival.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Skillen studied in Stockholm, Sweden at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan with the renowned tubist Michael Lind. While in Sweden, Skillen performed frequently with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Other groups with whom Skillen has performed include the Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, The Galliard Brass Ensemble, Detroit Chamber Winds, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Western Brass Quintet, the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and Symphonia – an ensemble of the premiere artists and teachers in the United States. His performances have been broadcast on America’s National Public Radio and on Sweden’s National Radio.
In recognition of his musical and research activities, Skillen was awarded the 2004 LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award. Other awards include a Louisiana Artist Fellowship from the State Department of the Arts and numerous research grants from the LSU department of Graduate Studies and Research. He has also been recognized for his excellence in teaching when he was awarded the 2000 Tiger Athletic Foundation Teacher of the Year award for the College of Music and Dramatic Arts. His students are playing professionally, teaching music in Universities and in the public schools, pursuing higher education, and have won international competitions.
Skillen’s solo playing may be heard on the Mark, Bernel, Centaur, and Vestige labels. Recent ensemble recordings include The Kings of Brass, Tubalogy 601 Jazz CD on Mark Records (both with the Tennessee Tech Alumni Tuba Ensemble). His debut solo CD with pianist Jan Grimes, Blue Plate Special, was released in January 2002 on Mark Masters Recordings.
In addition to his teaching and performing schedule, Skillen is an Associate Editor of the ITEA Journal, the official journal of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. His articles, reviews, and news columns have appeared in the International Trombone Association Journal (ITA Journal), the ITEA Journal, the TUBA Journal, and the Hokkaido, Japan Euphonium and Tuba Journal. Skillen is also an active arranger for solo tuba and the tuba/euphonium ensemble with his transcriptions and arrangements being published by the Tuba Euphonium Press and Bernel Music Publishers. His most recent major publication is the Tuba and Keyboard Chapter in the reference book Guide to the Tuba Repertoire published by Indiana University Press in 2007.
Currently Skillen serves as Secretary of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. His election to this position in addition to his numerous roles on international adjudication panels, presentations at International symposia, and international committee work continues to show the respect that Skillen has earned from his colleagues around the world.
Dr. Skillen holds degrees in music education and performance from Tennessee Technological University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. Prior faculty appointments include: Murray State University, Western Michigan University, and The University of Michigan-Flint.
- Andy Larson (DMA Tuba) named winner of the Tuba Artist Division and Gold Medalist at the 2011 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival. August 15, 2011.
- Chasse Duplantis (MM Euphonium) won First Place in the MTNA National Young Artist in Brass. Milwaukee, WI. March 28, 2011.
- Brian Gallion (MM and DMA alumnus) named Advertising Coordinator of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
- MM Euphonium student Chasse Duplantis wins the State Division of the MTNA solo competition winner October 2010.
- MM Euphonium student Chasse Duplantis wins the Southern Regional Division of the MTNA solo competition winner January 2011.
- DMA Alumnus Brian Gallion begins teaching low brass at Southeastern Louisiana University.
- DMA student Andy Larson wins third place in the International Tuba Solo Artist Competition held at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Tucson, AZ. Summer 2010.
- MM Alumnus Daniel Walden begins teaching low brass at Troy University (Troy, Alabama).
- BM student Danny Walley named a semi-finalist in the International Tuba Solo Artist Competition held at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Tucson, AZ. Summer 2010.
- BM Alumnus Danny Chapa wins the Southern Regional Solo Euphonium Artist Competition of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association held at Baylor University – March 2011.
- DMA student Andy Larson wins second place in the Southern Regional Solo Tuba Artist Competition of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association held at Baylor University – March 2011.
- BM Alumnus Danny Frost wins third place in the Southern Regional Solo Tuba Artist Competition of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association held at Baylor University – March 2011.
- BM Alumnus Justin Clarkson secures playing position with Orchestras in New York City and Mexico City, Mexico.
- DMA student Andy Larson wins the State Division of the MTNA solo competition winner October 2009.
- BM student, Patrick Melvin, won first place in the Student Division of the prestigious Tuba Student Artist Category of the 2009 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan.
- DMA student Brian Gallion wins Principal Tuba position with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra
- DMA student Brian Gallion wins Principal Tuba with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra
- BM Alumnus Danny Chapa advances to the final round of competition at the 2009 Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival. August 2009
- BM student Danny Walley advances to the semi-final round of competition at the 2009 Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival. August 2009
- BM Alumnus Richard Demy accepted to the University of North Texas for Doctoral study. August 2009.
- BM Alumnus Brian Edwards awarded Graduate Fellowship to Northwestern University (Illinois) for Doctoral Study.
- BM Alumnus Danny Frost accepted to the University of Texas – Austin for study towards a Master’s of Music degree.
- Brian Gallion DMA Lecture Recital November 2, 2009
- DMA student Andy Larson a guest artist on a performing arts series in Orange City, Florida. October 25, 2009.
- DMA student Andy Larson SELU Faculty Recital September 30, 2009
- Trinity Brass Quintet (coached by me) was awarded the 2008 American Brass Quintet Summer Chamber Music Fellowship to the Aspen Summer Music Festival. The Fellowship is valued at $30,000.00.
- BM student, Daniel Walley, won first place in the Student Division of the prestigious Tuba Student Artist Category of the 2008 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan.
- LSU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble invited to perform a concert at the 2008 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC).
- BM Student, Justin Clarkson, Accepted for Graduate Study at Manhattan School of Music.
- DMA student, Brian Gallion, named a finalist in the 2008 International Tuba and Euphonium Solo Artist Competition at the ITEC 2008.
- Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, “Brown Bag Special,” named a finalist in the 2008 International Tuba and Euphonium Chamber Music Competition at the ITEC 2008.
- BM student, Danny Chapa, Accepted for Graduate Study in the Euphonium Studio of Brian Bowman at the University of North Texas.
- BM alumnus Brian Edwards named second place winner of the Tuba Solo Artist Competition at the 2008 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.
- BM student Danny Chapa selected as state winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) brass solo competition.
- DMA student Brian Gallion named Assistant Principal Tubist with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra.
- DMA student Brian Gallion presents Doctoral Qualifying Recital.
- BM student Danny Chapa presents Senior Degree Recital.
- BM student Danny Frost presents Senior Degree Recital.
- DMA student Bradley Boone presents second DMA Solo Recital.
- DMA student Bradley Boone awarded The LSU Board of Regents Graduate Fellowship to continue his DMA studies for 2005 – 2009.
- BME student Richard Demy named a Finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra Collegiate Artist Concerto Competition. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC. April 2006.
- Student Brass Quintet “Trinity Brass Quintet” named first place winners in the State Competition of the MTNA 2006 Young Artist Chamber Music Competition.
- Former MM Student Kevin Young named Principal Tuba with the Midland-Odessa, TX Symphony Orchestra.
- Former MM student Kevin Young named an Instructor at Wayland Baptist University. Midland, TX.
- Former student MM Kevin Young named Principal Tuba with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra – Alexandria, LA.
- Former BM student Ed Vinson selected for the 2006 National Orchestral Institute.
- Former BM student Ed Vinson selected for position with the Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base, Langley, Virginia.
- Former student Andy Larson selected to perform on a Master class with Roger Bobo at the ITEC 2006.
- Former student Adrian Rhodes names Development Director for the New York City Youth Orchestra.
- High School student Ed Coussan named First Chair in the National Wind Ensemble, Indianapolis, IN. March 2006.
- High School student Ed Coussan named as a Semi-Finalist in the 21 st annual Leonard Falcone International Tuba/Euphonium Competition.
- DMA student Bradley Boone presents first DMA recital. November 9, 2006.
- MM student James Benton presented his Masters Degree recital. October 10, 2006.
- MM student James Benton presented non-degree recital. April 28, 2006.
- BM student Richard Demy presented his Senior Recital on November 10, 2005.
- BM student Danny Chapa presented a non-degree recital – April 21, 2006.
- BM student Danny Frost presented a non-degree recital – October 10, 2006.
- DMA student Craig Heinzen graduated.
- Former MM student Brian Gallion named Director of Athletic Bands at LaGrange College where he founded the Athletic Band Program to perform at the college’s sporting events.
- Former MM student Brian Gallion named to Tuba Section in Tara Winds, a professional Wind Ensemble in Atlanta, GA. With Tara Winds he traveled to Seattle, WA to perform at the Western International Band Conference.