Affiliated Artist / Tuba
Phone: (417) 873-7296
Christopher Lair, D.M., serves as lecturer for Music in General Studies courses and teaches applied tuba and euphonium. His most recent scholarship involves presentations on music of the Great Depression Era, and a collection of arrangements for solo tuba and/or euphonium and piano of works by early American composers. He is the author of a series of method books for beginning and intermediate tubists and euphoniumists titled Journeys; A Methodical Approach for the Young Tubist and Journeys; A Methodical Approach for the Young Euphoniumist. He has commissioned, arranged, and premiered several new pieces for brass quintet, tuba-euphonium ensemble, and tuba solo.
After a career performing as principal tubist with symphony orchestras, U.S. military bands, and a variety of brass chamber groups, he is currently active as an educator, soloist, and chamber musician. Dr. Lair coaches and serves as a clinician for various large ensembles, chamber ensembles, brass sections, and tuba-euphonium ensembles. His applied tuba and euphonium students have won numerous honors, including selection as finalists and winners in regional, state, and national competitions sponsored by such organizations as The Music Teachers National Association and The International Tuba Euphonium Association. They have been selected as finalists in auditions for premiere military bands and symphony orchestras. His students have also appeared on NPR's radio show "From the Top", in ensembles such as the I.T.E.A. All-Star Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and frequently participate in a variety of festivals such as Boston's Tanglewood Institute, The Symphonia Workshop, The Brevard Music Center, and The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
B.M. University of Kansas
M.M. University of Kansas
D.M. The Florida State University