(Repertoire need not be memorized)

  1. One étude
  2. A legato study (such as Rochut)
  3. Solo literature
  4. Orchestral excerpts (incoming freshmen excluded)

  1. Solo (Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba: first movement, or piece of student’s choice)
  2. Orchestral excerpts (Berlioz Rakóczy March; Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique; Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis; Strauss Till Eulenspiegel; Stravinsky Petrouchka; Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger or Ride of the Valkyries)


The Conservatory's Tuba Department comprises less than five students under the instruction of two esteemed faculty professors, who are principles of the San Francisco Symphony and the SF Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Degrees are conferred at the Bachelor's and Master's program in addition to a Professional Studies program. Tuba students at the Conservatory are given a broad range of skills and opportunities, through intra- and inter-departmental collaboration, teaching, and scholarship. At SFCM, students will have the opportunity to perform with resident ensembles such as the Conservatory Orchestra and chamber groups from the baroque to contemporary, as well as enter into an annual Brass Concerto Competition.


  • Two faculty, principals with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras

  • The tuba program, both undergraduate and graduate, never exceeds two students

  • Personal attention

  • Extensive performance opportunities

  • Jeffrey Anderson is principal tuba with the San Francisco Symphony

  • Peter Wahrhaftig is principal tuba with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras

  • Two or more Brass Ensemble Performances per year

  • Two or more Brass and Woodwind Chamber Concerts per year

  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra


We encourage prospective students to contact the tuba faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The tuba faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

Brass department video highlights:

2015-2016 Highlights
Conservatory Orchestra, Kraus Symphony in C Major, VB 139 | Sep 12, 8 pm 
Jeffrey Anderson, tuba, OcTUBAfest: Solo and chamber works for tuba Oct 12, 8 pm
Conservatory Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 6Oct 18, 2 pm
Conservatory Orchestra, Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet and Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 Nov 7, 8 pm
Conservatory Orchestra, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 Dec 12, 8 pm
Conservatory Orchestra, Strauss Death and Transfiguration | Feb 20, 8 pm
Conservatory Orchestra, J. Strauss Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron, Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, Revueltas Sensemaya, Ravel Daphnis and Chloë Suite No. 2 | Sat May 7, 8 pm