Aubrey Foard is an American tubist residing in Charlotte, NC.
Foard has been the Principal Tubist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra since September, 2012. He is also the principal tubist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the San Diego Symphony and has played as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Foard has been heard twice on NPR's Performance Today: once as a soloist performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Bass Tuba and again performing William Bolcolm's Virtuosity Rag with brass quintet. Foard is the only tubist to have won the Music Academy of the West concerto competition twice. He has also been a prizewinner in the Minnesota Orchestra's Young Artist Competition (2003, 2008). In 2012, Foard performed both Vaughan Williams' and film composer John Williams Tuba Concertos with the West Virginia Symphony.
Foard was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the first tuba player to graduate from The Colburn School's Conservatory of Music, receiving an Artist Diploma. He also holds a Master of Music Degree from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has studied with Alan Baer, Ron Bishop, David Kirk, Mark Lawrence, Norman Pearson, and Fritz Kaenzig. In addition, Foard is the Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Trombone for the West Virginia State University Music Department giving, private lessons via Skype with occasional in person lessons and master classes.
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