As a student in the tuba & euphonium studio at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, you will be part of a vibrant school of musicians as dedicated to refining their craft as you are.
The undergraduate tuba & euphonium program is designed to have a modern curriculum that offers practical courses and performance skills. You will attend weekly one-on-one lessons with your major teacher where you can develop your artistic sound, and studio master classes where you will perform in front of your colleagues and instructor, getting feedback and cultivating confidence as a performer on stage. Performance opportunities include large and chamber ensembles, recitals and performances in non-traditional venues such as schools and retirement homes in the larger community.
At UNCSA, you will be part of a close community of tuba players, euphonium players and artists of all disciplines that prepares you for life as a musician in the modern world.
In your first two years of undergraduate tuba degree or undergraduate euphonium degree study, you will begin private lessons, master classes and ensemble participation while studying the foundations of music theory, aural and keyboard skills and musical styles. You will pursue liberal arts courses in English, math or science, and the humanities. In your freshman through junior years, you are also required to attend a weekly Performance Hour, where you will perform for your peers throughout the School of Music
Your studies in the foundational courses will continue in your third and fourth years, which include additional liberal arts courses and music electives, as well as music history, repertoire, orchestration and career development classes. In your senior year, you will fulfill your capstone graduation requirement, a full recital at both a juried recital hearing and a public performance.
The brass program at UNCSA has been a springboard for many of its graduates’ professional careers and education. Graduates have pursed advanced degrees at prestigious institutions like the Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University in Bloomington, completed fellowships at Lincoln Center and studied musicology in Vienna. Others are part of ensembles, like the local Camel City Jazz Orchestra and Giannini Brass Quintet, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra and ceremonial bands in the United States military. Still others have found their calling in arts administration with organizations like The Philly Pops and our very own UNCSA.