Dr. Chris Combest

Assistant Professor

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

MTWR 0900-1000

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, Euphonium, Chamber Music

Biography

Dr. Chris Combest is currently Assistant Professor of Tuba and a Faculty Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he leads an active career as a performer and educator. A board member for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival in Michigan, Dr. Combest previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining the faculty at MTSU in 2...

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Dr. Chris Combest is currently Assistant Professor of Tuba and a Faculty Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he leads an active career as a performer and educator. A board member for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival in Michigan, Dr. Combest previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining the faculty at MTSU in 2016.

Principal tuba with the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Virginia, Combest has appeared internationally as a performer and soloist in Spain, England, Austria and Germany. As an instrumental musician, he has performed with a myriad of ensembles including the Nashville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, The U.S. Army Field Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, the Tone Rode Ramblers and various artists including film composer John Williams, and vocalist Audra McDonald. A current Nashville studio musician, Combest can be heard on recordings for Sony, Disney, National Public Radio, and the BBC.

Many of his students have advanced in a number of concerto and solo competitions and several currently occupy various professional performing and teaching positions in the United States. 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, and 2012) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C. (2018 and 2011). He is a Life Member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) where he currently serves as the Competitions Chair for the ITEA and as 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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