Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as having “a sound as clear and sure as it [is] luxurious,” tubist Carol Jantsch has been Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. She won the position while still a senior at the University of Michigan, becoming the first female tuba player in a major symphony orchestra.
Raised in a musical family, Carol began piano lessons at age six and began studying euphonium at Interlochen Arts Camp at age nine. After switching to tuba, she attended the prestigious arts boarding high school Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating as salutatorian of her class. She continued her studies at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Fritz Kaenzig. During this time, Carol was very active with auditions and competitions, winning first place in four international solo tuba competitions, and receiving laureates at several others. After winning her position with the Philadelphia Orchestra in February of 2006, she returned to Michigan to complete her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating summa cum laude.
Carol has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the United States Marine Band, among others. She has performed in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with the Musical Olympus Festival, given solo recitals at various tuba/euphonium conferences, and has appeared on NPR’s radio series “From The Top.” She is in high demand for recitals and master classes, having recently taught at Lieksa Brass Week in Finland and the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop for Orchestral Winds and Brass in New York. Carol is a Yamaha artist and has been on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music since 2008 and also teaches at the Yale School of Music and Temple University.