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College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. David McLemore

Lecturer of Tuba

Dr. David McLemore is the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Central Washington University. His duties include teaching applied tuba and euphonium lessons, directing the CWU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, as well as teaching courses in music appreciation and low brass methods. David also serves as tubist for the CWU Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at CWU, David served as Adjunct Instructor of Music at Young Harris College, where he taught applied tuba and euphonium lessons as well as courses in music theory and appreciation.


Dr. McLemore maintains an active career as a performer in both large and chamber ensembles. He has performed as a substitute/extra tubist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra (GA), Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (GA), and Georgia Symphony Orchestra; additionally, he served as a low brass mentor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles program, acting as principal tubist of the DSO Civic Orchestra from 2009-2011. David was a finalist in the 2011 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra principal tuba audition, and more recently a super-finalist in the 2014 Louisville Orchestra principal tuba audition. He has performed with numerous chamber ensembles, including the Classic V brass quintet (GA), Pine Lake brass quintet (GA), the University of Georgia Graduate Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, and the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble.


As a soloist, Dr. McLemore has competed at numerous national and international competitions, often emerging as a prize winner.  David won 1st prize Artist Tuba in the 2010 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference solo competition, 1st prize Artist Tuba in the 2012 Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival solo competition, and 1st prize Brass in the 2012 MTNA National solo competition. More recently, he won 1st prize tuba, 3rd prize euphonium, and the Grand prize (on tuba) in the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference solo competitions. McLemore was also one of five finalists in the 2011 WAMSO Young Artist Competition, winning a scholarship to attend the 2011 Aspen Music Festival. He won 3rd prize tuba at the 2014 Jeju International Brass Competition in Jeju, South Korea. David is frequently in demand as a soloist and clinician, performing at the 2012 and 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, the 2013 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, the 2013 and 2015 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conferences, and the 2015 Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference.


Dr. McLemore holds degrees from the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music (DMA), the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (MM), and the University of Southern California Flora L. Thornton School of Music (BM). At UGA David was awarded with the Presidential Fellowship, the first student in the history of the Hodgson School of Music to receive the prestigious award. At the University of Michigan he received two Master’s Degrees: one in tuba performance and the other in chamber music performance. David’s principle teachers include David Zerkel, Fritz Kaenzig, Norm Pearson, Jim Self, Warren Deck, and Richard Pasko.

Dr. David McLemore


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