Dr. Chris Dickey, a Miraphone Performing Artist, is an emerging artist-teacher and conductor in the United States. Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music at Washington State University. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate tuba-euphonium studio, he conducts the brass ensemble, teaches music literature and brass techniques courses, coaches chamber music, and performs in the faculty brass quintet. Additionally, he has conducted the Symphonic Band and has guest conducted other university ensembles. He is in demand as a band clinician and master class teacher throughout the Northwest. Dr. Dickey is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Idaho.
Active in the tuba-euphonium community, Dr. Dickey serves on the Board of Directors for the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. Recent engagements include college and high school master classes, large ensemble festival adjudication, guest artist appearances at high-profile conferences, and serving as the guest conductor for regional honor band events. Garnering an international artistic reputation, he has been a featured artist and conductor at festivals in Cordoba, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. In the summers, Dr. Dickey is on the conducting and artist faculty at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Red Lodge, Montana.
Dr. Dickey has enjoyed a varied performance career on both the tuba and euphonium. He is currently the principal tuba in the Washington-Idaho Symphony and is a founding member of the Northwest Brass, a variable-instrumentation chamber ensemble specializing in contemporary brass literature. Other performance credits include the Spokane, Missoula, Mid-Columbia, and Walla Walla Symphonies, the Chicago and St. Louis Brass Bands, the National Wind Ensemble, the St. Louis Wind Symphony, and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. He has made solo appearances with such groups as the Spokane British Brass Band, the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, the Iowa Chamber Winds, the University of Iowa Concert Band, and the Edwardsville Municipal Band. Dr. Dickey co-hosted the 2013 Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, an event that attracted artists from around the Pacific Northwest.
Equally dedicated to music scholarship, Dr. Dickey’s research interests focus on brass literature and wind pedagogy. He is committed to expanding the repertoire for the tuba and euphonium by exploring many different genres and time periods. His publications are available through BVD Press. He has made contributions to the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal as a new materials reviewer and author. Forthcoming publications include transcriptions for tuba-euphonium ensemble and engraved editions of newly discovered works for the euphonium. He also investigates health and wellness as related to playing wind instruments, and he endeavors to share his insights with bands and private students alike. Also a proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Dickey has commissioned new works, including Elaine Fine’s Little Suite for Euphonium Solo and her Sonata for Tuba and Piano, as well as consortium projects affiliated with Holben Publishing. In March 2013, he gave the United States premiere of Francois Glorieux’s Concerto for Euphonium with the Washington State University Wind Ensemble. He recently collaborated with pianist Dr. Karen Savage to record a solo album of his own tuba and euphonium transcriptions that will be released in spring 2015 under the Albany label.
Dr. Dickey holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University as a student of tuba pedagogue Rex Martin. He also studied wind conducting with Mallory Thompson. Dr. Dickey earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa under John Manning, the founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet. He received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Eastern Illinois University as a student of Allan Horney. Dr. Dickey performs on a Miraphone 5050T Ambassador euphonium and a Miraphone 281 Firebird tuba. He holds memberships in the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Teachers.