(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 three students under the instruction of two esteemed faculty professors, who are principals of the San Francisco Symphony and the SF Ballet Orchestra. 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 Ballet Orchestras

  • The tuba program, both undergraduate and graduate, never exceeds three 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:


2016-17 Orchestra Season Highlights

Eric Dudley, conductor | Sept. 17, 8 pm

Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"


Eric Dudley, conductor | Oct. 22, 8 pm, and Oct 23, 2 pm

David Grahame Taylor: Within a Forest Dark (World Premiere, Highsmith Award winner)

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98


Scott Sandmeier, conductor | Jan. 13, 8 pm

Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre (Ian Rowe, ‘16, guitar)

Liszt: Totentanz, S. 126 (Yilin Liu, ‘17, piano)

Liebermann: Flute Concerto (Won Lee, ‘16, flute)


Eric Dudley, conductor | March 4, 8 pm

Smetana: The Moldau

Ravel: Tzigane (Madeline Hocking, ‘17, violin)

Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60


Eric Dudley, conductor | May 6, 8 pm

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Rissolty, Rossolty

Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915 (Natalie Image, ‘17, soprano)

Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 Version)