I'm lucky to have had fantastic teachers - world-class players who were knowledgeable and passionate about music, and committed to the success of their students. I benefited from the great teaching I received, and it's my goal to pass on what I've learned to the next generations of brass players. One of the things I most enjoy about teaching is establishing a direct connection with each student and crafting a unique approach that is most effective for their individual needs and style of learning. In addition to presenting master classes and workshops at schools, seminars and festivals around the world, I am on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

I have openings in my studios at both The Curtis Institute of Music and Carnegie Mellon University for 2019. Please see in formation, in RED, below. 

I encourage students who are considering applying to the tuba studio at Carnegie Mellon University or the Curtis Institute of Music to read the information below and visit the university websites. Students may also be interested in the articles and materials available on the RESOURCES page. If you still have questions, you may e-mail me at cknox@pittsburghsymphony.org.



The 2011 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges named Carnegie Mellon University to its list of eleven Top Music Schools in the U.S., along with Curtis, Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana University and others. Read the listing HERE.

Auditions for the tuba studio take place annually during the first few months of the calendar year for applicants who are interested in matriculating the following fall. I will make time to meet with prospective students who travel to Pittsburgh to visit the School prior to auditions, and I will provide a 30-minute lesson at no charge if a suitable time can be scheduled. These meetings and lessons need to be scheduled on Mondays, which is my teaching day at CMU.

There are openings for 2-4 new students, both undergraduate and graduate, for Fall 2019, with auditions scheduled on February 16, 2019. Click HERE for information about the School of Music at CMU and the application and audition process.

For further information about the School of Music and the admissions process, please contact W. Colby Carson, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, at music-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu.

If you have additional specific questions, contact me at cknox@pittsburghsymphony.org.



The Curtis Institute of Music is a renowned conservatory of music located in the heart of Philadelphia. Highly selective, the student body numbers approximately 160 students, all of whom are accepted on a full-tuition scholarship. The curriculum is designed to offer the most rigorous training available in the field of classical music performance. The student to faculty ratio is approximately 2:1. Symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, conservatory and university faculties around the world are all disproportionately filled with graduates from this tiny school. The city campus consists of numerous historic buildings in the Center City district Philadelphia, as well as the new state-of-the-art Lenfest Hall, just one block from the original building. The student orchestra performs regularly at Verizon Hall, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Only one tuba student is enrolled at Curtis at any given time, which means that an opening occurs only every few years. Since opening in 1924, only 30 tuba students have attended the school! Students are accepted into either the Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree program, or the Diploma program (a non-degree performance study, generally for students who have already received a degree or degrees from another institution). When filling an opening for tuba, there is no preference for a student applying to one program or the other. 
An opening is announced for Fall 2019, with an audition scheduled for March 2019. Pre-screening audition videos are due December 12, 2018. For details on the application and audition process, visit https://www.curtis.edu/

The School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University is an all Performance program; it is essentially a conservatory curriculum within a university setting. Students in the tuba studio pursue either a BA or MM in Performance. In addition, there are two additional non-degree programs for graduate students: the Artist Diploma program and the Advanced Music Studies Certificate. Certificate students are chosen in the regular studio audition process; Artist Diploma students are chosen in a highly selective process by a large faculty panel. There is no DMA offered at Carnegie Mellon. The size of the tuba studio at CMU is typically held at 3-5 students. Substantial financial aid, merit scholarships and assistantships are available, up to the full tuition cost.

There is a strong relationship between the CMU School of Music and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; virtually every principal player is on faculty. Tuba students receive weekly lessons with me, and attend my studio class; in addition, they have access to the other brass faculty in Brass Class (with George Vosburgh), Low-Brass Class (with Peter Sullivan), and Brass Chamber Music (with the brass faculty). Tuba students play with the Contemporary Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and CMU Philharmonic, which performs annually in Heinz Hall (home of the PSO) as well as other major venues - in recent years it has performed in Carnegie Hall (NY), Severance Hall (Cleveland) and the Kennedy Center (Washington DC).

Carnegie Mellon University is a major private research university with a total student body of about 10,000 students (there are 350 students in the School of Music). It is situated in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, which is near the University of Pittsburgh as well as city parks and museums.

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