Tuba at Arts Academy

Why Study Tuba at Interlochen

As a tuba player, you are the heart of the ensemble. We'll help you create a solid foundation of sound that empowers the rest of the ensemble to soar. Discover the tuba's potential and understand why it's a vital part of the music world. 

What You'll Learn

Our boarding school for tuba, Interlochen Arts Academy, is the destination for young tuba players. We want to see you shine both as an individual musician and as an ensemble member. With our classes, you’ll be able to reach your potential in both.

Our combination of studio classes and private lessons will give you the individual attention you need to soar. You’ll learn music theory, musicianship, fundamental basics, and performance skills with our dedicated instructors. You’ll also understand the importance of daily practice and develop the discipline you need to build on your talent. 

How to Apply

Audition Requirements

Meet the Faculty

Tom Riccobono

Chair of Brass; Instructor of Low Brass

All Faculty

Guest Artists

Throughout the year, you'll have the opportunity to work with acclaimed artists in master classes, workshops, and rehearsals. Past guests have included:

  • Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Gene Pokorny, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Seraph Brass, all-female brass quintet
  • Richard White, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
Carol Jantsch's Interlochen journey

Finding 'my own thing'

As principal tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carol Jantsch first discovered the euphonium as a young camper at Interlochen Arts Camp. More than two decades later, Jantsch’s curiosity evolved into a thriving career as a professional musician. Listen in as Jantsch reflects on her formative experiences at Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy and offers advice for prospective students.

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Program Highlights

Professional Experiences

The Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra and wind symphony ensembles have played with the New York Philharmonic, performed at Carnegie Hall and New World Center, and collaborated with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Our resources allow for unparalleled experiences at the high school level. 

Performance Opportunities

Tuba players audition to perform in multiple Interlochen performing ensembles, including: orchestra, wind symphony, brass quintet, and tuba/euphonium quartet. Learn more in our Explore Ensembles section below.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Explore Ensembles


Assembled at the faculty's discretion, chamber music ensembles are offered as electives in the Music division. Each ensemble is coached by one of the Arts Academy's acclaimed instrumental faculty.



A recipient of the American Prize, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs an advanced repertoire that includes symphonies, concerti, contemporary works, and original compositions.


Wind Symphony

The American Prize-winning Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony presents a diverse and challenging repertoire in regular live, prerecorded, and public radio performances.


Popular Music

Named for iconic backing bands of the 21st century, the Popular Music Ensembles provide hands-on learning opportunities for aspiring contemporary musicians.


Trombone Lesson: Articulation Exercises

Improve the clarity of your articulation with a few easy exercises from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Low Brass Tom Riccobono.

College Matriculation

Recent Interlochen Arts Academy Music Division students have continued their education at the following institutions and beyond.

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Rice University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University

Dive deeper into Interlochen Arts Academy with a free digital viewbook

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In our free informational booklet, you'll learn more about: 

  • Each of our seven arts areas 
  • Renowned faculty 
  • College-preparatory academics 
  • Student resources 
  • How to apply and financial aid information 
  • And more