The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Don Harry, Tuba

March 11, 2020

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The Faculty Artist Series presents Don Harry, Associate Professor of Tuba, on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Don Harry will be joined by Craig Sutherland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Scott Tegee, Guadete Brass Quintet, and Berri Garver, piano. The recital will feature music by Mozart, Larson, Strauss, Broughton and Stevens.

Don Harry was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and received the bachelor’s degree and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. His principal teachers include William Rose, principal tuba of the Houston Symphony, William Bell, Indiana University, Harvey Phillips, Indiana University and Joseph Novotny, New York Philharmonic.

Don Harry became the tubaist of the Oklahoma City Symphony in 1972 and joined the Buffalo Philharmonic as principal tuba in 1973. From 1977 through 1988, he served as the tuba instructor at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. In 1983 and 1984, he also served as the principal tuba and teacher at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Harry was the tuba instructor at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. In 1990 he became a member of the Eastman Brass, and in 1996 Associate Professor of Tuba at the Eastman School, where he is now Professor of Tuba.

He has performed with many groups and orchestras including Henry Mancini, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Toronto Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, and others. Recent performances and appearances include the Winter Festival of Campos de Jordao, Brazil for two summers, a Composers Workshop with the Lawton (OK) Philharmonic, and master classes at North Texas State University, Rice University, Miami University (OH), and the Lucerne Festival (NY).

Don Harry is a member of the Delaware Nation and President of Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe, Inc., a Native American Arts group in Buffalo, New York. He recently presented an exhibit about the Riverside Indian School of Anadarko Oklahoma and John Kuhn, Assiniboin Tubaist, titled “Tribalism and Transition”.

The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.

Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers and UR ID holders. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 Eastman Main Street, 9:30AM – 2:30PM., Monday-Friday; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

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