UT San Antonio
Praised by The Brass Bridge as having a ?wonderful sense of musicianship...and virtuosic technique,? Dr. Chris Combest joined the faculty at the University of Texas San Antonio in July of 2011, where he teaches tuba and euphonium in addition to performing with the UTSA Faculty Brass Quintet. He is currently also on Faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan and has previously taught at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.
A founding member of the American Tuba Quartet, Dr. Combest has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, The U.S. Army Field Band, the Illinois Symphony, the Danville (IL) Symphony, the Champaign?Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, the Prairie Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, the Lexington Brass Band, and Saxton?s Cornet Band. He has also appeared with the Illinois Brass Quintet, the University of Evansville Brass Quintet, the University of Louisville Brass Quintet and the Louisville Orchestra Brass Quintet and can be heard on NPR, the BBC and both the Polyphonic and Mark Custom recording labels. Recent performances include appearances at the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Washington D.C. (January 2011) and the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (March 2011).
Dr. Combest has presented recitals and masterclasses as a guest artist and clinician at various universities throughout the United States. He has adjudicated several concerto and solo competitions including the 2011 Artist and Young Artist Tuba and Euphonium Competitions at the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Central Michigan University. As a scholar, Dr. Combest has contributed to the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal and in the spring of 2010, he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Clifford R. Bevan Excellence in Research Award given by the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Dr. Combest has also authored an instructional video as part of the Power Lessons with the Pros Video Series entitled ?Practice Room Strategies? at the invitation of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
Dr. Combest received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), The College Music Society (CMS) and the International Tuba Euphonium Association to which he contributes as a new materials reviewer for the association’s journal. For more information on Dr. Combest as well as some Tuba and Euphonium related resources, please visit http://www.ChrisCombest.com.