Dr. Chris Dickey, a Miraphone Performing Artist, is an emerging artist-teacher 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 and tuba-euphonium 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 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 university and high school master classes and recitals, large ensemble festival adjudication, performances and master classes at regional and international tuba-euphonium conferences of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and serving as 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. He is the tubist in the International Fellowship of Composers, Conductors, and Collaborators, an ensemble designed to celebrate artistic wind repertoire. Some of Dr. Dickey’s recordings have been aired on Northwest Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio.
Dr. Dickey has enjoyed a varied performance career on both the tuba and euphonium. Currently principal tuba in the Washington-Idaho Symphony, he is also a founding member of the In Motus Quartet and Northwest Brass, chamber ensembles 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 and Cimarron Music. He has made contributions to the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal as a new materials reviewer and author. He currently chairs the Composer Friends column, a series that focuses on living composers who have made contributions to the tuba and euphonium repertoire. Dickey released his debut tuba and euphonium solo album, titled Just a Thought, under the Albany label. 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.
An advocate 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, Zachery Meier’s Azure Roads, Ricardo Arbiza’s La Battala Finale, 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. Later this year, Dr. Dickey will release another album of new music with the In Motus Quartet, a professional tuba-euphonium quartet comprising artist-teachers from around the United States.
Dr. Dickey completed a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University as a recipient of the prestigious Eckstein Scholarship. He was a student of tuba pedagogue Rex Martin and 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. While a graduate assistant, Dickey received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds 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.