Jim and Jamie Self Tuba Scholarship
The Jim and Jamie Self Tuba Scholarship supports undergraduate or graduate students pursuing studies in tuba at the Jacobs School of Music.
Jim Self is an award-winning Los Angeles-based freelance and studio musician who has been featured in thousands of motion pictures, television shows, and records. Notably, his tuba was the “Voice of the Mothership” in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He has been first tuba for prominent composers & conductors such as John Williams, James Homer, James, Newton Howard, John Debney, and many others. In addition, he has recorded with hundreds of esteemed artists, including Placido Domingo, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Don Ellis. He is principle Tuba/Cimbasso with the Pacific and Pasadena Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.
In addition to a full performance career, Jim has composed numerous works for solo tuba, brass quintet, other brass, string and woodwind chamber music, wind band, and orchestra. He has produced fourteen solo jazz and classical recording projects that feature Jazz greats, such as Gary Foster, Pete Christlieb, Francisco Torres, Ron Kalina, and Warren Luening. Many of which feature his own unique instrument, the FLUBA. Jim holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he is an adjunct professor of tuba and chamber music.
Born in Modesto, California, Jamie Self is a retired Personnel Office for the Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent several years in Cairo, Egypt, where she administered the Fulbright program. Jamie is also an amateur violinist and plays in various Los Angeles area orchestras. She enjoys supporting Jim’s many projects, being a grandmother, and traveling the world with Jim.
This endowment is given to honor the Self’s dear friend Daniel Perantoni, for his long career as a teacher, performer, and major force in the Tuba/Euphonium world.