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Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival collection

Identifier: 00228

Scope and Content

The Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival collection include materials dating from the initial idea and first festival in 1986 through 2010 and were collected by Falcone's widow, Betty Beryl Falcone. The collection includes brochures and programs, meeting minutes, lists of festival winners, and information about Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. There are also scrapbooks and photographs, sound recordings of Leonard Falcone performing, a video recording of the Friday Evening Euphonium Finals competition of the 1997 festival, and digital photographs.


  • Creation: 1986 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Leonard Falcone (1899-1985) served on the faculty of Michigan State University for 53 years. He was a leader in music education, maintaining extraordinary artistic standards while touching the lives of countless young people. Falcone was a world-class brass player, and his reputation for excellence touched all aspects of his career. His solo performances, his bands, and his students were all characterized by his singular dedication to the highest standards.

In 1986, Fritz Stansell, Seymour Okun, Henry Nelson, and Eldon Rosegart conceived of and began the International Euphonium Festival as a tangible and enduring way to honor the memory of Leonard Falcone. The objectives of the festival have remained relatively constant (see below), as has the importance of having an international presence. Stansell offered Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where Leonard had taught for many summers, as the venue for the new competition. Following the 10th annual festival in 1996, tuba divisions were added to the festival.

Objectives of the festival include: • promoting the highest level of artistry on the euphonium and tuba; • encouraging young musicians to study the euphonium and tuba; • enhancing the repertoire for the euphonium and tuba by commissioning and encouraging original compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements; • presenting master classes and performances by distinguished euphonium and tuba artists; and • fostering increased awareness and appreciation for euphonium and tuba by the general public.



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Custodial History

Gift of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival and transferred by Mrs. Beryl Falcone and Sue Topping.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
I. R. Schechter
July 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48824 US