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Tuba and Euphonium at CWU

Marissa playing tuba in wind ensemble.In order to study Tuba and Euphonium at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Tuba and Euphonium Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should be sure to visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for very important transfer student considerations.

When you choose to study tuba or euphonium at CWU you receive well-rounded exposure and experience in many performance settings along with directed, intensive training for careers in teaching, performance, and research. Traditional participation in brass ensembles, as well as numerous solo opportunities is supplemented with more innovative approaches of incorporating music into the fabric of everyday life.

A relaxed and fluid technique is considered a necessary preliminary to expressive musicianship: students are expected to maintain a rigorous practice ethic, working to develop technical mastery of their instrument. They are guided in the search to find their own musical voice, and afforded numerous opportunities to become comfortable expressing themselves in performance situations. CWU's Tuba and euphonium studio provides students with immersive study, weekly lessons and multiple solo and CWU Ensemble performance opportunities.

With many solo, chamber, and large ensemble experiences, the performance opportunities provided by the Music Department combine well with the “learn by doing” approach offered in private lessons and studio classes.

Frequent special events, featuring regional, national, and international guest performers and ensembles augment these opportunities to provide more “real world” exposure to the challenges of musical careers.

Relevant coursework in CWU’s different degree programs range from strong core work in theory and history, to intensive specialized courses in tuba and euphonium literature and pedagogy.

Current and former students perform with such groups as US armed service bands, the Oregon, Walla Walla, Spokane, Yakima, Wenatchee Valley, Mid-Columbia and Okanagon (BC) Symphony Orchestras to name a few.