Roger Bobo Tuba Pedagogy Institute, April 27-29

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Legendary tuba soloist Roger Bobo will be in residence at the Penn State School of Music from April 27 to 29. Events during the three days include masterclass presentations for student soloists and ensembles, routine classes in which participants will learn technical development activities, individual lessons (space for observers limited), and a reading session featuring ensemble members from Penn State and Ithaca College.

All events of the pedagogy institute are free and open to the public. Members of the public are invited to bring their own instruments and participate.

Sunday, April 27

  • 9-10 a.m. -- Routine Class I,128 Music Building II
  • 10-11 a.m. -- Masterclass I, 128 Music Building II
  • 1:15-3 p.m. -- Masterclass II, Eisenhower Chapel
  • 3:15-6:15 p.m. -- Masterclass III, 122 Music Building II

Monday, April 28

  • 9:00 -10:00 a.m. -- Routine Class II, Esber Recital Hall
  • 10:00 -11:30 a.m. -- Masterclass IV, Esber Recital Hall
  • 1:00 -2:00 p.m. -- Masterclass V, Esber Recital Hall
  • 2:00 -3:00 p.m. -- Ensemble Reading Session, Esber Recital Hall
  • 3:15 -5:30 p.m. -- Lessons, 120 Music Building II

Tuesday, April 29

  • 9:00 -9:55 a.m. -- Lessons, 120 Music Building II
  • 10:00 -11:00 a.m. -- Routine Class III, Esber Recital Hall
  • 11:00 -12:00 p.m. -- Masterclass VI, Esber Recital Hall
  • 1:45 -3:45 p.m. -- Masterclass VII, Esber Recital Hall
  • 4:00 -6:00 p.m. -- Lessons, 120 Music Building II

Brass legend, virtuoso soloist, world renowned teacher… These are just a few phrases associated with Roger Bobo. He is in demand world-wide as a teacher of all brass instruments, adjudicator at major international competitions, and as a conductor.

Roger Bobo currently resides in Japan and teaches at the Musashino School of Music in Tokyo. Prior to his move to Japan, he served on the faculties of the Fiesole School of Music (Florence, Italy), Lausanne Conservatory (Lausanne, Switzerland), and the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England).

Orchestras around the world have invited Roger Bobo to appear as a soloist, conductor, and coach for brass sections preparing major symphonic repertoire. His students currently occupy positions in major symphony orchestras and universities, and several have gone on to develop successful solo careers of their own. His own career as an orchestral tubist began in 1956 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf. He moved to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for two years before becoming the tubist of Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he held for 25 years. He retired from active performance in 2001.

He is the author of “Mastering the Tuba,” published by Editions Bim (CH). For more information regarding his discography and publications, please visit his website at

Last Updated April 29, 2014