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Instrumental Studies


    • B.M. Composition: Eastman School of Music
      M.M. Tuba Performance: Northwestern University

      Jay Krush has a busy career as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor.  He is a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company, and has performed with that ensemble in all fifty US states, and in Europe, Asia,  South America and on two State Department tours to Central America.  He has performed on both modern and historic brasses with the Chestnut Brass Company on thirteen recordings on the Naxos, Sony Classical, Albany and other labels.  He is also tubist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and in the summers with the orchestra of the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College.  An active freelance performer, he has appeared throughout the East Coast with contemporary music ensembles, period instrument groups and backup ensembles for pop music figures.

      As a composer he has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the American Composer’s Forum and others.  He has written over seventy works for a wide variety of media, including orchestra, wind ensemble, chorus and chamber ensembles.  Many of his arrangements have been recorded by the Chestnut Brass Company, and he has produced scores for the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

      Krush teaches tuba and euphonium at the Boyer College of Music and conducts the Contemporary Music Ensemble (which he founded in 1997) and the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.  He studied with Cherry Beauregard at Eastman and with Arnold Jacobs at Northwestern.