Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Christian Carichner, originally from New York, majored in music education and performance, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College in 2005. After graduating from Ithaca, Christian moved to Arizona to begin work on a Master of Music degree in tuba performance with Professor Sam Pilafian at Arizona State University, and graduated in 2007. Currently, Christian is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba at The University of Central Arkansas. At UCA he instructs the tuba studio, assists with the UCA Marching Band, directs the tuba-euphonium ensemble, and teaches low brass methods. During the summer months, Christian is the Brass Caption Head with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2006 Division II World Champions) and formerly, on the brass staff with Phantom Regiment (2006 Division I Second Place).
Christian is a highly sought-after clinician because of his intimate knowledge of The Breathing Gym, a pedagogy developed by his primary teachers, Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan. Christian has presented clinics on breathing and various other topics at Estrella Mountain Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, the East Valley Youth Symphony, and public schools in Las Vegas, Tucson, Austin, and Ithaca.
In addition to his teaching, Christian also has an active international performing career. He is Principal Tubist with the Conway Symphony and Pinnacle Brass, the faculty brass quintet at UCA. Recent solo performances include the Conway Symphony Orchestra, UCA Wind Ensemble, North High School Band (Arizona), Horseheads High School Wind Ensemble (New York), and a performance at the Southwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference. Christian has upcoming appearances with the Little Rock Wind Symphony and is an invited performer and clinician for the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2010. Christian has also performed with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Tampa Tradewinds, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Pinnacle Brass, Rhythm and Brass, Proteus 7, Salt River Brass, and has performed with the national tour of the hit Broadway musical Chicago.