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Joe Ready

Joe Ready

Principal Tuba (2021-2022)

A native of Portland, Oregon, Joe earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Oregon. He went on to earn his Master of Music degree in Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He continued his musical studies in Chicago, earning a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University. During his time at the University of Oregon, Joe took 1st place in the Artist Solo Tuba Division at the Northwest Tuba-Euphonium Conference in 2013. Joe was the inaugural tuba player in the Graduate Brass Quintet at BGSU. He was also a mentor for the Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Ensembles. While in Chicago, Joe was an Associate Member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestra Audition Competition at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference.

Joe is an Associate Artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. He has performed with orchestras in the greater Midwest area including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Toledo Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Locally, Joe is currently the Principal Tuba of the Portland Opera and has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Symphony, Vancouver Symphony (WA), Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, Rose City Brass Quintet and the Oregon Symphony. Joe’s primary teachers include Michael Grose, David Saltzman, Charles Schuchat and Gene Pokorny.

An advocate for the marching performing arts, Joe has worked with marching band programs in Oregon including Sunset High School, McNary High School, West Salem High School, and most recently Century High School, respectively.

Currently serving a one-year term.