Small_nws_excemption3 Long tone exercises

How-To | Craig Knox, Tuba
Bt_movie_not_in_use Emphasis on tone quality 00h:01m:08s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Explanation of long tone exercise to improve technique 00h:01m:19s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Demonstration of long tone exercise 00h:01m:50s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Important to focus on beautiful quality of sound, smooth slurs 00h:02m:54s
Bt_movie_not_in_use important to focus on register between low C and pedal C 00h:03m:14s

Craig Knox, Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, discusses and demonstrates long tone exercises



Craig Knox

Craig Knox joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Tuba in 2005. His previous orchestra positions included Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as Principal Tuba of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony. Since 1995, he has spent part of each summer as Co-Principal Tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. Since joining the PSO, Mr. Knox also performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. He has been an active chamber musician for many years, having co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, which has performed in recital throughout the U.S. and Japan, and been heard numerous times on NPR.

Mr. Knox is Artist Lecturer of Tuba at Carnegie Mellon University and Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Duquesne University. He previously served on the faculty at Kent State University, California State University-Hayward, California State University-Stanislaus, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he was Director of the Brass Chamber Music program.

A native of Storrs, Connecticut, Mr. Knox began formal musical studies on the classical guitar at age 6, and took up the baritone horn in the 5th grade. At age 11, while attending a summer music camp, he was so enamored with the student orchestra that he switched to tuba so he could pursue a life in music as an orchestral performer. His first teachers included Gary Ofenloch, Samuel Pilafian and Chester Schmitz. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Krzywicki of the Philadelphia Orchestra and earned a Bachelor of Music and continued with graduate study at Boston University with Samuel Pilafian.