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Zach Collins

Zach Collins
Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Zach Collins earned his Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Texas Christian University (2003) and his Master of Music (2005) and Doctor of Music (2007) in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California. While at TCU, Zach’s primary studies were with Richard Murrow, a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At USC his teachers were Jim Self and Tommy Johnson, both studio musicians, and Norm Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

At IUP Zach teaches applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble and teaches classes in music technology. Zach performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet (IUP's faculty brass quintet), Eastern Standard, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Keystone Chamber Winds, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Zach was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Creative Arts by Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 he was named a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity.

In addition to his position at IUP, Zach also maintains a busy solo and chamber schedule. He has performed as a soloist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2008, 2010, 2014, 2016), Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (2011, 2013, 2015), U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference (2010), Western PASSHE Low Brass Consortium (2010), and Marshall University Tuba Day (2010). Recent solo and chamber engagements have taken him to Ohio, West Virginia, Washington D.C., New York, Texas, and Moscow, Russia. His interpretation of William Kraft's Encounters II for Solo Tuba was released on Cambria Master Recordings in August 2009.

Prior to his appointment at IUP, Zach had numerous freelance performing opportunities in Texas and California. He has performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Riverside County Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony.

In Los Angeles Zach performed on several motion pictures including Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, X-Men 3, Bobby, Next, Rocky Balboa, and Live Free or Die Hard. In 2007 he performed with the band Korn on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Detailed information about his bio can be found in this download on the left side.