Faculty

Dr. Chris Combest

Assistant Professor

Dr. Chris Combest
615-898-2476
Room WMB 269, Wright Music Building (WMB)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
  • M.M., University of Louisville (2005)
  • B.M., Eastern Kentucky University (2001)

Areas of Expertise

Tuba, Music Theory, Chamber Music

Biography

Dr. Chris Combest is Assistant Professor of Tuba and an LT/ITC Faculty Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University where he leads an active career as a performer and educator. A board member for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival, Dr. Combest previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining the faculty at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN.

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Dr. Chris Combest is Assistant Professor of Tuba and an LT/ITC Faculty Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University where he leads an active career as a performer and educator. A board member for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival, Dr. Combest previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining the faculty at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN.

Principal Tubist with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and former tubist with the Louisville Orchestra, Dr. Combest has performed with the Nashville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, The U.S. Army Field Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera, Tulsa Opera-Ballet, Chattanooga Symphony, Huntsville Symphony and various artists including film composer John Williams and vocalist Audra McDonald. He is a current Nashville studio musician and appears on recordings for National Public Radio, the BBC, Sony, Disney and can also be heard on the Polyphonic and Albany music labels.

Several of his students occupy professional teaching and performing positions and he has served on international judging panels for premiere solo competitions including the Leonard Falcone Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Association Competition. Dr. Combest has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (2016, 2014, 2012) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C. (2018, 2011) and is a Life Member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association where he is the Competitions Chair and an Associate Editor for the ITEA Journal.

Chris Combest is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and Clinician for Melton Meinl Weston and B&S instruments.

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