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David Earll

Assistant Professor, Music Performance
School: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Office: Whalen 2315
Specialty: Tuba/Euphonium, Chamber Music

Dr. David Earll joined the Ithaca College School of Music faculty in 2018 and presently serves as the Professor of Tuba/Euphonium.  In addition to his work with the IC Tuba/Euphonium Studio, Dr. Earll coaches chamber music ensembles and offers seminars in the pedagogy of breathing for woodwind/brass players and vocalists.  Prior to his appointment at Ithaca College, Dr. Earll taught at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as the Assistant Professor of Tuba, Euphonium, and Trombone; and at Mesa Community College as the Adjunct Professor of Tuba/Euphonium.  David currently performs with The Northern Lights Duo, Sam & Dave’s Brass Extravaganza, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Symphoria Orchestra, the CCO Brass Quintet, the Symphoria Brass Quintet, and the Ithaca Brass.  He has also performed with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Nouveau, Sam & Dave's Brass Extravaganza, the Paris-based Opus 333 Quatuor de Saxhorns, the Tallgrass Brass Band, the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University of South Dakota Faculty Brass Quintet, Salt River Brass Band, and the Boston-based Nautilus Brass Quintet.

David is in demand as a solo artist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, clinician, and adjudicator in both the United States and abroad.  Beyond his active work as a national artist, David has also recently performed in Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, and Israel.  His first commercial album, titled Winding Pathway, is available for purchase from Amazon, and Apple Music and can be streamed on various platforms including Spotify.  He has also recently recorded a new album of music for tuba and euphonium with his collaborative partner, Bente Illevold.  This chamber music album, titled Atlantic Passages, will be released in April, 2023 and features the music of Norwegian and American composers as performed by The Northern Lights Duo.

David completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance at Arizona State University under the tutelage of Dr. Deanna Swoboda and received the 2016 International Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for his D.M.A. dissertation. Dr. Earll also holds a Master of Music in Tuba Performance (Arizona State University, where he served as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Sam Pilafian), and a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at the University of South Dakota.  In addition to his awards for research, David has won awards for artistry including the Northern Trust/Piper Enrichment Award.

David Earll is a Willson Tuba Artist, and performs exclusively on the Willson 3200 F Tuba and the Willson 3050 CC Tuba.

For more information please visit Dr. Earll’s website at

This is a short video featuring Dr. Earll with his duo partner Bente Illevold in a performance with The Northern Lights Duo.

This selection is from Dr. Earll's performance as a featured soloist with the Ithaca College Wind Symphony in a performance of the Donald Grantham Tuba Concerto.