Dr. Chris Combest
Departments / Programs
- DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
- MM, University of Louisville (2005)
- BM, Eastern Kentucky University (2001)
Areas of Expertise
Tuba, Euphonium, Chamber Music
Dr. Chris Combest serves as assistant professor of tuba at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he leads an active career as a performer and educator. In addition to teaching, he conducts the MTSU tuba-euphonium ensemble and instructs brass chamber music. A faculty fellow and a member of the graduate faculty, Dr. Combest is also co-director of the Stones River Chamber Players, the music faculty ensemble-in-residence at MTSU. He has taught on the faculties...Read More »
Dr. Chris Combest serves as assistant professor of tuba at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he leads an active career as a performer and educator. In addition to teaching, he conducts the MTSU tuba-euphonium ensemble and instructs brass chamber music. A faculty fellow and a member of the graduate faculty, Dr. Combest is also co-director of the Stones River Chamber Players, the music faculty ensemble-in-residence at MTSU. He has taught on the faculties of the University of Texas-San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As a performer, Dr. Combest has appeared throughout the United States and internationally in Europe. A former tubist with the Louisville Orchestra, he performs regularly with a myriad of ensembles in the Nashville area including the Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony and the Chattanooga Symphony. He has also appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, The Lexington Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Longview Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, The Victoria Symphony, The Plano Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Tone Road Ramblers and various artists including film composer John Williams, the Canadian Brass, John Michael Montgomery and Audra McDonald. Recordings on which Dr. Combest can be heard include “Andres Cardenas - Violin Concertos of Barber, Stock, and Copland” (Albany), “Brass Masters: Vol. XI” with the Lexington Brass Band (Polyphonic), and “Live from St. Louis” with the Saxton’s Cornet Band (Classics). In addition to his work in Nashville, he can be heard on live broadcasts for National Public Radio, the BBC and on commercial recordings for Sony and Disney.
As a teacher and clinician, Dr. Combest has presented masterclasses and guest recitals at many of the premiere institutions of higher learning in the United States including the University of Michigan, the Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois. He has served on adjudicating panels for premiere solo competitions including the Leonard Falcone Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Association Competition. Dr. Combest has performed at a number of national and international conferences and workshops including the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (2016, 2014, and 2012) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. (2018 and 2011). Dr. Combest’s students are active throughout Tennessee and the United States, both as professional performers and music educators. His former students have won ITEA Competitions; placed in the artist and young artist divisions of the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition; are members of U.S. military bands; and occupy college teaching positions.
A dynamic supporter of commissioning and performing new works for the tuba and euphonium, Dr. Combest has worked with composers such as John Stevens, Rodney Newton, Robert Litton, James Grant, James Stephenson and Ethan Wickman to expand the repertory of the instruments. He was recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Clifford R. Bevan Award in Research by the ITEA in 2010 and recently, as Competitions Chair for the ITEA, he led an expansion of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Competitions to include a new Electronics division. Dr. Combest is a member of the Board of Directors for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Tuba Competition where he serves as the Tuba Competitions Music Chair and is also a Life Member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA). Dr. Combest holds a B.M. from Eastern Kentucky University, an M.M. from the University of Louisville and a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Combest is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and Clinician for Melton Meinl Weston and B&S instruments.