Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium
Music Education
Assistant Director of Bands

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John Tuinstra
2014 Greenhill Center of the Arts


JOHN TUINSTRA holds BM and MM degrees in Music Education and a DMA in Tuba Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with minors in Music Education and Conducting. He was an instructor of instrumental music for four years for the Madison Area Catholic Band Program and from 1987 to 1992 he served as Assistant Conductor for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.

He began his association with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Music in 1984 as adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium, and founding member of the Whitewater Brass Quintet. In addition to those responsibilities at U.W. Whitewater, he is the Assistant Director of Bands, teaches music education courses, brass techniques, music appreciation, conducts the Concert Band and supervises student teachers. Possessing a keen interest in education, he maintains an active schedule as instructor, guest conductor/adjudicator at festivals, contests and clinics, and has served on the faculties at various summer camps throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Tuinstra is Principal Tuba with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, and has performed with various orchestras throughout the region, including the Madison, Beloit-Janesville, Rockford and Dubuque Symphonies. He is the founder of the Southern Lakes Brass Consort, a flexible instrumentation group ranging from tuba quartet through brass ensemble. As a performer, he regularly presents solo recitals and has concertized throughout the midwest, New England and Great Britain.

His arrangements have been performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference and are published by T.U.B.A. Press and Encore Music and he has recently commissioned and premiered three works, Remembrance for Solo Tuba by John Stevens and, Sonatina for Tuba and Piano and Nocturne for Tuba and String Quartet, both by Frank Ferriano. His collaboration with Willson U.S.A. and DEG Music Products has resulted in the development of two new tubas. the 3200 Symphonic F tuba and the 3100 BBb. Mr. Tuinstra plays the Willson 3200S F tuba.

He can be reached by phone at 414-472-5709 or e-mail at: Thanks for stopping by!