Chris Combest

Principal Tuba, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra



Praised by The Brass Bridge as having a "wonderful sense of musicianship and virtuosic technique," Chris Combest is Principal Tubist with Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and has held faculty teaching appointments at Indiana University Southeast, the University of Texas San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. 

Former tubist with the Louisville Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony (Texas), Dr. Combest has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, The U.S. Army Field Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Orchestra Kentucky, the Illinois Symphony, Tulsa Opera, the Allen Symphony, Longview Symphony and artists including Michael Feinstein, John Williams and Audra McDonald. He also appears on recordings for National Public Radio, the BBC and Disney as well as the Polyphonic and Albany music labels. 

As a guest artist and clinician, Dr. Combest presents recitals and residencies actively throughout the United States and has been an adjudicator at major solo competitions including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-tuba Competition, the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) and has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (2014, 2012) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C. (2011). Widely recognized as an avid champion of new music for the tuba and euphonium, he has participated in numerous consortiums and commissions that draw upon established composers such as John Stevens, James Stephenson, Ethan Wickman, James Grant, Rodney Newton, Charles Booker, Eric Guinivan and was recently invited as a performer to the International Fellowship of Composers, Conductors and Collaborators at the University of Oregon beginning June of 2015. 

Dr. Combest serves on the board for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Competition and is a Life Member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association where he serves as Competitions Coordinator and as Associate Editor for the ITEA Journal. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois and also holds additional degrees from the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University. 

Chris Combest is a Buffet Group USA Artist and Clinician performing on Meinl Weston and B&S instruments.