Aubrey Foard holds the Governor James G. Martin Principal Tuba chair with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He performs as Principal Tubist with the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra and is currently on leave as Principal Tubist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held Principal Tuba positions with the symphony orchestras of Canton, Youngstown, Albany, the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed as a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra, including tours of Europe and Carnegie Hall and continues to perform as a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2010 - 2012, he performed as tubist with the San Diego Symphony during its summer season.
The 2013 - 2014 season marks Mr. Foard's debut as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, where he will be performing Kleinsinger's "Tubby the Tuba" and James Stephenson's "Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Tuba." He debuted as a professional concert artist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2012, performing a double feature of John Williams' "Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Concerto for Bass Tuba in F Minor." He has previously performed as a soloist with orchestras in Chicago, Milwaukee, Charleston, SC, and Santa Barbara. As a soloist, Mr. Foard's performances have been broadcast throughout the United States on NPR's "Performance Today," as well as on WQXR New York and KUHF Houston. Mr. Foard is the only tubist to win the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition twice, and has won first or second prizes in the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Harold A. Levin Scholarship Competition, the 2006 Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition and the Minnesota Orchestra’s WAMSO Young Artist Competition.
An avid proponent of new music, Mr. Foard has commissioned a concerto by Wisconsin composer Mark Petering. A recording was made in April, 2010 with an orchestra consisting of students of The Colburn School and is now available at http://www.aubreyfoard.com/petering-concerto.html.
In May of 2010, Mr. Foard became the first tubist to graduate from The Colburn School's Conservatory of Music, having earned an Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Norm Pearson and Fritz Kaenzig. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Ron Bishop and a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where David Kirk was his teacher. He has also studied extensively as a student of Alan Baer, principal tubist of the New York Philharmonic.