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    • Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as having “a sound as clear and sure as it [is] luxurious,” tubist Carol Jantsch has been principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. She won the position during her senior year at the University of Michigan, becoming the first female tuba player in a major symphony orchestra.

      Raised in a musical family, Ms. Jantsch began piano lessons at age six and began studying euphonium at the Interlochen Arts Camp at age nine. After switching to tuba, she attended the prestigious arts boarding high school Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating as salutatorian of her class. She continued her studies at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Fritz Kaenzig. During this time she was very active with auditions and competitions, winning first place in four international solo tuba competitions and receiving laureates at several others. After winning her position with The Philadelphia Orchestra in February 2006, she returned to Michigan to complete her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating summa cum laude.

      Ms. Jantsch has appeared as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony, the St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the United States Marine Band, among others. She has performed in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with the Musical Olympus Festival, appeared on NPR’s radio series From the Top, and has been a featured artist at various brass festivals in Finland, Germany, Canada, and the United States. In 2009 she was honored with a “Best of Philly” award from Philadelphia magazine.

      Ms. Jantsch has given master classes in Europe, Asia, and North America. She is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, and the Yale University School of Music.

      In 2009 Ms. Jantsch released her first solo recording, Cascades. The album, along with further information, is available at