Dr. Gail Robertson has a distinguished reputation as a euphonium artist and teacher, soloist, and clinician. She has also garnered worldwide attention for leadership, her work as composer/arranger, and as a musical talent. Robertson serves as Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the former head of the jazz area where she coordinated jazz events and conducted the top jazz ensemble. Robertson earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. from Indiana University and D.M.A. from Michigan State University where she was a University Distinguished Fellow. Robertson has studied with Harvey Phillips, Phil Sinder, Roy Pickering, and Ava Ordman. Dr. Robertson performed for ten years with the world-famous Tubafours at Walt Disney World, Orlando, where she was musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, Tubas Under the Boardwalk.
Dr. Robertson is Past President of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival, the Athena Brass Band, and Wind and Rhythm. She is Past President of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) and served as Chair/Chief Editor of the International Tuba and Euphonium Press (2012-2017).
Dr. Robertson and Dr. Stacy Baker tour and perform as SymbiosisDuo. They have recorded two CDs: SymbiosisDuo and Playground. They were honored to be the featured guest artists of the 2017 Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival where they commissioned and premiered Eric Knechtges’ double concerto for wind band, Twin Lake Reflections. They were also recently featured soloists with Orchestra Iowa at the 2019 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference where they performed the U.S. premiere of Eduardo Nogueroles’ The World of Dreams. In 2016, they formed the R.S.V.B. Quartet with Dr. Deanna Swoboda and SFC Lauren Veronie-Curran to record the album Fanfare and Flourish which included several of Dr. Robertson’s original compositions: Okto Flourish, Psychedelic Dances, and In a Funk.
Dr. Robertson is a recipient of Tau Beta Sigma’s highest honor, the Outstanding Service to Music Award. She was awarded the ITEA’s Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for her research manuscript, “Restoring the Euphonium’s Legacy as Cello of the Wind Band.” Dr. Robertson has published articles, reviews, and compositions in British Brass Band World, Bandworld, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s, ITEA Journal.
Dr. Robertson was featured soloist in February 2019 at the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba-Euphonium Workshop with the U.S. Army Orchestra and for a 30th Anniversary performance of Walt Disney’s Tubafours. Dr. Robertson was also featured euphonium artist for the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference.
Dr. Robertson has toured the United States., Europe, Korea, China, and Japan with various ensembles. She has been a longtime member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and Monarch Brass. Dr. Robertson has also performed as a featured euphonium soloist at Carnegie Hall with Purdue University’s Wind Ensemble. She has performed as tenor tubist/tubist/bass trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra/Sarasota Ballet, the Arkansas Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony.
Dr. Robertson’s published works and arrangements are performed world-wide and are available through Cimarron Music Press, Wright & Round Music Publishers, and Euphonium.com. As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a bronze Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.