Chris Dickey, D.M. a Miraphone Performing Artist, is an emerging artist-teacher of tuba and euphonium in the United States. Currently, he teaches tuba and euphonium at the University of Idaho and is on the faculty of the Red Lodge Music Festival. He is in demand as a clinician throughout the region. Recent engagements include public school master classes, large ensemble festival adjudication, guest artist appearances at tuba-euphonium conferences, and serving as the conductor for regional honor band events. He has been a featured artist and conductor at brass festivals in Cordoba, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Tuba-Euphonium Association and is the chair of the Composer Friends committee. Dickey also co-hosted the 2013 Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, an event that attracted artists from around the Pacific Northwest.
An active performer on both the tuba and euphonium, he has enjoyed a varied performance career. He is a founding member of the Northwest Brass, a variable-instrumentation chamber ensemble specializing in contemporary brass literature, and the In Motus Quartet, a professional tuba-euphonium quartet dedicated to recording and commissioning new music. Other performance credits include the Spokane, Walla Walla, Missoula, Mid-Columbia, and Washington-Idaho Symphonies, the Chicago and St. Louis Brass Bands, the National Wind Ensemble, the St. Louis Wind Symphony, and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. Dickey 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.
Equally dedicated to music scholarship, Dickey’s research interests focus on brass literature and pedagogy. 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. Current projects focus on transcriptions for tuba-euphonium ensemble and newly discovered works for the euphonium. A proponent of contemporary music, he has commissioned works for both euphonium and tuba, 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 and Potenza Music. In March, he will release his debut solo recording, Just a Thought, under the Albany label. Another recording with the In Motus Quartet will be released under the Emeritus Records label later in the year.
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. He 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. 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.