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How many students are in the tuba and euphonium studio?

The studio typically includes 10 tuba students and 5 euphonium students.

How does the audition process work?

Prescreen recordings are due December 1. Students that are invited for the final audition round will have options for an in-person audition at the Eastman School in Rochester, New York in January/February or a remote audition via Zoom. All applicants audition for Dr. Benavidez. Additional information regarding application materials, repertoire, and audition dates can be found on the Eastman admissions webpage.

Are there scholarship opportunities?

Eastman provides a robust scholarship program in which nearly all accepted students receive scholarship. The Office of Financial Aid works with students and families through the process of applying for scholarship and other types of financial aid through a completion of the FAFSA and CSS profile. Fellowships and awards for graduate study are available based on studio needs. Additional information about financial aid can be found at the Eastman financial aid webpage.

What performance opportunities are there for students at Eastman?

Large ensemble opportunities at the Eastman School are vast and diverse. These include our two wind ensembles, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra, and two orchestras, the Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble performs contemporary music by the leading composers of our time, and the Eastman Opera Theatre Orchestra performs two productions every year. Additionally, students may choose to perform in the Eastman Studio Orchestra, the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Mediaor the student led Empire Film and Media Ensemble


Chamber music opportunities abound. All members of the studio participate in Tuba Mirum, a tuba/euphonium ensemble that performs one concert every semester. Students also often participate in smaller chamber groups such as a brass quintet, tuba/euphonium quartet, or brass trio.

What are the Eastman performance facilities like?

The Eastman School facilities are state of the art. Click on the images below to view a virtual tour of Kodak Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Hatch Recital Hall, and the East Wing Rehearsal Hall.

Why should I attend Eastman?

The Eastman School is internationally recognized as one of the finest music conservatories in the world. It is a musical community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Students receive an intensive professional education in their musical discipline and are prepared with a solid foundation in music and an expansive education in the liberal arts.


Dr. Benavidez is deeply invested in the success of every student. He challenges them through a rigorous and unfaltering standard and is devoted to the pursuit of the highest level of musical artistry. The tuba and euphonium studio is built on a combination of enthusiasm and esprit-de-corps, and it has an incredible legacy of alumni.


Graduates from the Eastman School are distinguished in nearly every aspect of the musical community throughout the world, from the concert stage to the public school classroom, from the recording studio to the collegiate classroom and administrative offices.

Success of Current Eastman School of Music Tuba and Euphonium Students

Accomplishments of Eastman School of Music Tuba and Euphonium Studio Alumni

Cherry Beauregard

Principal Tuba, Bavarian State Opera and Rochester Philharmonic

Professor, Eastman School of Music


Ron Bishop

Principal Tuba, Buffalo Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and Cleveland Orchestra

Professor, Oberlin Conservatory, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and Cleveland Institute of Music


Roger Bobo

Principal Tuba, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and Concertgebouw Orchestra

Professor, Masushino Academy of Music (Japan), Fiesole School of Music (Italy), Lausanne Conservatory (Switzerland), Rotterdams Konservatorium (Amsterdam), and Royal Northern College of Music (England)

International Solo Artist


Sam Buccigrossi

Principal Tuba, River City Brass


Glenn Call

Euphonium, United States Marine Band “The President’s Own”


Larry Campbell

Euphonium, United States Coast Guard Band

Professor, Louisiana State University


Mark Cox

Professor, Central Michigan University


Chuck Daellenbach

Tuba, Canadian Brass

Professor, University of Toronto


William Dietz

Principal Tuba, Bangor Symphony Orchestra

Professor, University of Southern Maine


Paul Droste

Director of Marching Band, Ohio State University

Euphonium Solo Recording Artist


Paul Erion

Principal Tuba, Opera Philadelphia


Toby Hanks

Tuba, New York Brass Quintet and New York City Ballet Orchestra

Professor, University of Maryland, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, New England Conservatory, and Manhattan School of Music


Chris Hotaling

Professor, SUNY Fredonia


William Kearney

Principal Tuba, San Antonio Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic

Bill Keck

Principal Tuba, Mexico City Philharmonic

Professor, University of Southern Mississippi


Mark Kellogg

Professor, Eastman School of Music


David Kuehn

President, Music Academy of the West

Dean, Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professor and Assistant Dean, University of North Texas College of Music

Jay Krush

Tuba, Chestnut Brass Company

Professor, Temple University

Grammy Award Winner


Steve Lamb

Tuba, United States Coast Guard Band

Principal Tuba, Rhode Island Philharmonic


Robert LeBlanc

Principal Tuba, Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Professor, Ohio State University


John MacEnulty

Principal Tuba, St. Louis Symphony

Justis Mackenzie

Tuba, United States Air Force Band of Flight


Fred Marzan

Professor, Eastern Illinois University and Morehead State University

Instrument Designer

Dennis Nulty

Principal Tuba, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Professor, Oberlin Conservatory


Ray Nutaitis

Principal Tuba, Buffalo Philharmonic and Phoenix Symphony

Professor, University of Illinois and Arizona State University


Andrew Payton

Tuba, United States Air Force Band of the West and United States Air Force Band of the Golden West


Daniel Perantoni

Principal Tuba, San Antonio Symphony

Tuba, United States Army Field Band

Professor, University of Illinois, Arizona State University, and Indiana University

International Solo Artist


David Randolph

Professor, University of Georgia


TJ Ricer

Principal Tuba, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Royal Hawaiian Band

Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Michael Sanders

Principal Tuba, San Antonio Symphony and St. Louis Symphony


Jim Shearer

Professor, New Mexico State University


Phil Sinder
Principal Tuba, Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Professor, Michigan State University


John Stevens

Professor, University of Miami

Professor and Director of School of Music, University of Wisconsin


Scott Tegge

Tuba, Gaudete Brass Quintet

Professor, Northern Illinois University, DePaul University, and University of Illinois

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