Carol Jantsch (born Carolyn Mae Jantsch, in Ohio, March 8, 1985) is an American tuba player. She is the daughter of a medical doctor and a Kenyon College vocal-music teacher, Nancy Jantsch. She began to study piano at age 6, and the euphonium at age 9. She took up the tuba in seventh grade.
Jantsch graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school in 2002, and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan. While attending university, Jantsch auditioned for the New York Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra. She was a semi-finalist for the New York tuba position. She won the Philadelphia position of Principal Tuba in February 2006, appointed by music director Christoph Eschenbach. She assumed the chair, full-time, with the 2006-2007 concert season. Jantsch is the youngest member of the Orchestra and is, according to National Public Radio, the first woman to hold a Principal Tuba chair among major orchestras in the United States.
Awards and Solo Competitions
She has won:
- Potomac Festivals Tuba Artist Competition in 2005
- Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition
- International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen in Germany
- Arts Recognition Talent Search
- Young Artist Award from Interlochen Arts Academy
- Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young Musician’s Competition
- Student Tuba at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition
- Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Tuba Competition (Arnold Jacobs was the principal tubist for the Chicago Orchestra for 44 years, 1944 to 1988)
- A Scholarship from the Music for Youth Foundation
- Cascades (2009) - Carol Jantsch, tuba, Susan Nowicki, piano 
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- Alexandra Jones, "Senior snags spot in Philly orchestra". The Michigan Daily, 10 March 2006.[dead link]
- Peter Dobrin, "Breaking the brass ceiling". Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 February 2006.
- Renée Montagne and Miles Hoffman, "Young Tuba Player Gets Nod from Phila. Orchestra". Morning Edition, National Public Radio program, 15 September 2006.
- Faculty by Department
- Fromthetop.org[dead link]