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Michael D Becker

Adjunct Instructor

Music Bldg, Room 109
520-621-1655

Michael Becker joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music in 2019. In addition, he is Principal Trombone of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Second Trombone of the Arizona Opera Orchestra. During the summer season, he holds the position of Bass Trombone with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, OR.  Formerly, he served 6 seasons as Second Trombone of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (now the Hawaii Symphony) and one season as Principal Trombone of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra.

He has performed and recorded in orchestras across the United States and abroad, most notably in the Chicago Symphony as first call substitute since being a finalist for a position in that orchestra in 1989. Michael has performed, recorded and toured with the CSO under luminaries including Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Ricardo Muti. He has performed, toured and recorded extensively with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. He can be heard as one of three featured trombonists in the recording of Michael Daugherty’s Motor City Triptych.

Mr. Becker has also performed with the London Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti’s World Orchestra in Geneva, Switzerland, Baden Baden, Germany, and London, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, he has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Cabrillo Festival, the Chautauqua Festival and Arizona Opera’s Wagner Ring Cycle. Mr. Becker has also been Bass Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival and has performed in Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Trombone from Indiana University and his master’s degree from Arizona State University.

As a dedicated teacher, Mr. Becker presents clinics at major universities throughout the country. He also served as adjunct professor of Trombone at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the University of Arizona, and as Visiting Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia and Northern Arizona University.

In 2005, Mr. Becker created and launched the annual Becker Low Brass Boot Camp in Tucson, Arizona. This weeklong, intensive workshop, with a focus on developing audition skills and preparation, attracts students and young professionals from around the country who are pursuing a career in symphony orchestras.

As an active soloist and chamber music artist, he has had two solo works written for him, Still Points Concerto by Peter Askim and Characters, a sonata by Carmela Cinco. Mr. Becker is a member of the Tucson Symphony Brass Quintet, performing more than 40 concerts annually. He has performed as soloist with ensembles including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Idylwyld Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. As a solo recitalist, Mr. Becker can be heard performing at major Universities across the nation, and on his solo bass trombone recording, Songs and Dances.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cooking and most of all tennis!

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2 days ago
Arizona Arts

Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019, Art & Visual Culture Education).

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni🌟 Please join us in welcoming Sadie Shaw to the Arts Foundation team as the Community Design Manager!

Sadie will lead SaludArte, a new private public partnership between Pima County Health Department (PCHD) and the Arts Foundation.

Sadie is an artist, art educator, oral historian, community organizer and Governing Board Member of the Tucson Unified School District.

To learn more about Sadie and her new role as the Community Design Manager, click the link below!

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Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019,  Art & Visual Culture Education). 

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni
2 days ago
Arizona Arts

The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).

azart.fyi/LUTEtix

Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.

β€œNot long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. β€œIt is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”

β€œI’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. β€œThis is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

Arizona Men's Basketball | Arizona Alumni | Arizona Athletics | Arizona A-Club Letterwinners | AZ Desert Swarm | Arizona Arts Live
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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).
 
https://azart.fyi/LUTEtix
 
Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.
 
β€œNot long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. β€œIt is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”
 
β€œI’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. β€œThis is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

Arizona Mens Basketball | Arizona Alumni | Arizona Athletics | Arizona A-Club Letterwinners | AZ Desert Swarm | Arizona Arts Live

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3 days ago
Arizona Arts

Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions.

πŸ”— azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes:

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions. 

πŸ”— https://azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes: 

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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