Academic Affairs

Gretchen Renshaw James, D.M.A.

Renshaw, Gretchen

Gretchen Renshaw James, D.M.A.

Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Associate Professor of Music Miller Creative Quad 104 501-450-1422


Gretchen Renshaw is the Wind Ensemble Conductor and Instructor of Low Brass at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Prior to joining the faculty at Hendrix, Gretchen was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University, where she earned a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance and an M.M. in Wind/Orchestral Conducting. Her previous degrees are in Euphonium Performance and include an M.M. from the University of Arkansas and a B.M. from Penn State University. Her primary teachers include Philip Sinder, Benjamin Pierce, Steven Mead, and Velvet Brown.

Throughout her young career, Gretchen has enjoyed success in major competitions. She was recently a Finalist in the Tuba Artist Competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and won third prizes in both the International Women's Brass Conference Tuba Solo Competition and the Tuba Artist Competition of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. She has also won the International Women's Brass Conference Euphonium Competition, was the National First Place Winner of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Competition, and was named the Low Brass Winner of the 2010 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Gretchen won the concerto competitions at both Penn State and the University of Arkansas, giving her the opportunity to solo with the top ensembles at both universities.

In addition to her performances in the United States, Gretchen has enjoyed playing overseas. In the fall of 2007, she spent a semester abroad at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. While there, she studied with the international euphonium soloist Steven Mead and also joined the Besses o' th' Barn Brass Band as the Solo Euphonium. In the summer of 2009, Gretchen traveled to Austria to perform with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project at the Mid Europe International Wind Orchestra Festival. Most recently, she performed with Michigan State's Red Cedar Brass Quintet at the 2015 Exploring Brass in Greece Workshop in Thessaloniki.

In addition to performing, Gretchen is also active in a variety of other areas. She enjoys contributing music to the tuba/euphonium repertoire and has done so as a published arranger with Potenza Music. Her most significant publication is A Collection of Works for Euphonium and Piano by Simone Mantia, which she edited based on her research during an archival project of music belonging to this famous euphonium virtuoso. In addition to her work on the Mantia project, she recently completed her dissertation, "Classical-Era Performance Practice for Tuba and Euphonium," which she plans to share through articles in the journal of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and other publications.

As Gretchen begins her collegiate teaching career at Hendrix College, she plans to continue being active as a tuba and euphonium performer and conductor of both bands and orchestras.

Academic Background

  • B.M., Pennsylvania State University, 2010
  • M.M., University of Arkansas, 2012
  • M.M., Michigan State University, 2015
  • D.M.A., Michigan State University, 2015


  • Wind Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Applied Tuba, Euphonium, Trombone
  • Music Fundamentals