Praised for his “smooth tone and melodic flexibility” by Melinda Bargreen of The Seattle Times, Dr. Chris Dickey has earned a reputation as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator throughout the United States, South America, and Asia. Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Music in the Washington State University School of Music. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate tuba-euphonium studio, he teaches film music courses, coaches chamber music, conducts the tuba choir and brass ensemble, and performs in the Equinox Brass Quintet. In the summers he is on the faculty of the Red Lodge Music Festival in Red Lodge, MT.
A passionate teacher and student advocate, Dr. Dickey is incredibly proud of the hardworking students in the tuba-euphonium studio. Members have been prizewinners in regional, state, and international competitions. They regularly compete and perform at conferences of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association and Music Teachers National Association. Former students perform in military bands and orchestras. Graduates have obtained teaching positions in public schools and universities in the Northwest and other parts of the country. Other former members of the studio have gone on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees. Dr. Dickey and his students co-hosted both the 2013 and 2017 Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conferences.
Dr. Dickey enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has appeared as an invited soloist around the United States, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Vietnam, and China. He is the principal tuba of the Washington-Idaho Symphony in addition to performances with the Walla Walla, Yakima, Mid-Columbia, Spokane, and Missoula Symphonies. Dr. Dickey is a founding member of the In Motus Tuba Quartet, a professional quartet specializing in recording and commissioning new literature. He also performs with the Palouse Brass Company and the Crimson Brass. Trio. As a Miraphone Performing Artist, each year Dr. Dickey travels to play guest artist recitals and teach master classes at high schools and universities.
Dedicated to music scholarship, Dr. Dickey’s interests focus on recordings, pedagogy, and brass literature. To date, his two solo recordings, Just a Thought (2015) and Dulcet Voice (2017) have garnered critical accolades. The International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal review stated Dulcet Voice “features elegant and clear phrasing, delicate and expressive musicality, and beautifully captures the emotions and intent of the original works.” His third solo album, titled Inventions, was released in fall 2019. The In Motus Tuba Quartet has released two albums, In Motus (2016) and Shadows: The Music of Octubaween (2018). His compositions and transcriptions are available through Cimarron Music and Euphonium.com/Absolute Brass. Dr. Dickey’s solo composition Movere appears on the required literature list for the 2020 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. He makes frequent contributions to the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal as an author and reviewer. Composers in the United States and abroad have written works for Dr. Dickey, including Elaine Fine’s Sonata for Tuba and Piano, Ricardo Arbiza’s La Battala Final, and Zachery Meier’s Azure Roads. In March 2013, Dr. Dickey gave the United States premiere of Francois Glorieux’s Concerto for Euphonium with the Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he frequently gives presentations on brass pedagogy, financial literacy, and career paths in music.
Dr. Dickey received a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University as a student of Rex Martin. He also studied conducting with Mallory Thompson. While at Northwestern, he was the recipient of the prestigious Eckstein Scholarship. Dr. Dickey earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa under John Manning, founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet. He also received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Eastern Illinois University as a student of Allan Horney. Dickey holds memberships in the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors.
For more information about Dr. Dickey’s performance schedule and how you can become a member of the WSU tuba-euphonium studio, please visit www.chrisdickeytuba.com or e-mail him directly.