Ryan Schultz, affiliate faculty artist, tuba and euphonium, is principal tubist of Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Auburn and Yakima Symphony orchestras. Schultz has performed as guest principal tubist for Seattle Symphony on numerous occasions and has also performed in that capacity with many other orchestras, most notably: Seattle Opera, Eugene Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Bolshoi Ballet, the orchestra for the touring musical Chicago at Seattle's Paramount Theater, and with trombonists from Oregon Symphony at the Ernest Bloch Festival. An active freelance musician, Mr. Schultz has played cimbasso (valve contrabass trombone) with Seattle Opera and has also performed on bass trombone with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Bellevue Philharmonic, and Yakima Symphony. Originally from Wisconsin, Mr. Schultz enlisted in the United States Army while finishing his undergraduate studies in 1995. From 1996-1999 he was a member of U.S. Army's "I Corps Band" (56th Army Band) where he performed as solo tubist and also on both euphonium and bass trombone. He has performed and given clinics throughout the United States both alone and with a variety of ensembles ranging from Dixieland Jazz groups to brass quintets. He has performed numerous world and West Coast premiers of both new orchestral and wind band music under the batons of Maestros Gerard Schwartz, Giancarlo Guerrero, and numerous others. Orchestral Pops highlights include performances with Doc Severinsen, Empire Brass, the Brubeck Brothers, and conductor/composer of the Lord of the Rings movie music, Maestro Howard Shore. Mr. Schultz has performed for numerous dignitaries including President Nelson Mandela, former Vice-President Al Gore, Senator Maria Cantwell, and a host of military officials.
Mr. Schultz has a keen interest in low brass pedagogy. He holds teaching positions at University of Puget Sound, Midsummer Musical Retreat, and with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO). Previously, he taught at Music Works Northwest, Central Washington University and at Lawrence Academy of Music. His students have won numerous awards and top prizes in international, national, regional and Washington State solo competitions. Mr. Schultz earned his Masters of Music degree from Central Washington University in music performance/pedagogy and completed his other musical studies at Lawrence Conservatory, U.S. Navy School of Music, and Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. He studied primarily with Nick Keelan, Abe Torchinsky, Steve Fissel, and, later in his career, with Chris Olka. His chamber music studies were with American and Empire Brass Quintets. Mr. Schultz has also studied privately and/or in master classes with John Rojak, Matt Good, Per Brevig, Chester Schmitz, Kenneth Amis, Ed Diefes, Eric Ruske, Sam Pilafian, Dan Neesley, David Stull and Brian Martz.
"It has been my pleasure to grow and learn with the Puget Sound community and its low brass musicians these last several years. I am very much looking forward to all the exciting years ahead for Puget Sound euphonium/tuba studio."