Matt Ransom is the artist faculty instructor of tuba and euphonium at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, principal tuba of the Winston-Salem Symphony and tubist and founding member of Carolina Brass. In addition to performing as principal tuba with the Winston-Salem Symphony since 1994, Ransom has performed with the North Carolina, Charlotte, Charleston, Augusta, Long Bay, Greensboro, and Western Piedmont symphonies as well as the Carolina Chamber Symphony. He has also performed in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy as a member of the International Music Program Festival Orchestra.
Ransom has performed throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast with Carolina Brass. Widely acclaimed for its winning combination of virtuosity and humor, Carolina Brass tours extensively and performs a variety of concerts, clinics and residencies for audiences of all ages. The group has commissioned numerous new works for brass quintet and has released six recordings on the Mark Records and Summit labels. An active clinician and soloist, Ransom has presented educational programs, master classes, performances and workshops across the Southeast and Midwest. He co-hosted the highly successful 2009 Southeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at UNCSA.
In addition to teaching at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ransom has served as adjunct instructor of tuba and euphonium at Wake Forest University since 1997. Prior teaching engagements include adjunct positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, St. Augustine's College and Shaw University. During the summers, Ransom performs and teaches tuba and euphonium at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.
Ransom holds a master of music in tuba performance from Appalachian State University and a bachelor of music and the arts diploma in tuba performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His teachers include Robert Clark, David Lewis, David Mills, James Jenkins, and David Fedderly.