Evan Zegiel (pronouns: he/him/his) is an active tubist, composer, and brass educator based in the United States.
Evan holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Minor in Writing from the Sweetland Center for Writing. His primary teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, Toby Hanks, Aubrey Foard, and Dan Satterwhite. He is currently pursuing a DMA at Michigan State University with the support of a University Distinguished Fellowship, studying with Phillip Sinder. At MSU, he has taught applied lessons, low brass methods courses, and music theory courses.
Zegiel frequently performs with orchestras and large ensembles across Southeast Michigan, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra – where he was the runner-up for the Principal Tuba position in 2020 – and he is also a substitute tubist for the Baltimore and Charlotte (NC) Symphonies. Additionally, Zegiel was the Tuba Fellow at the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami Beach, Florida during the 2018-19 season. His orchestral experience prior to joining NWS includes multiple summers performing at Brevard Music Center and with the Chautauqua Institution Music School Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as a semi-finalist in multiple professional orchestra auditions and he won Second Prize in the 2016 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference's Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Audition competition.
Zegiel is also an award-winning soloist and competitor. He performed a solo recital at the NWS's New World Center themed around being "Young at Heart," where he premiered three new works for tuba. Prior to that, he was selected as a winner of the 2018 Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at Brevard Music Center, and performed John Williams's Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra later that summer. He also won the 2018 Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Young Artist Concerto Competition, and gave the orchestral premiere of Nelson T. Gast’s Under Mountains of Ocean with the MSO in February 2019. Zegiel was featured as a performer at the U.S. Army Band's 35th Annual Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. after he won First Place in the Tuba Artist Division of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival competitions in 2017. This followed his First Place win in the Tuba Student division of the Falcone competitions in 2013. Evan was also a featured soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band in February of 2012, after winning the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition as a senior in high school.
As a chamber musician, Zegiel performs regularly in varied settings, from freelance brass quintets to more avant-garde ensembles. He is a co-founder, along with Anthony DeMartinis, of BrassTaps Duo. BrassTaps is a tuba and percussion duo that has commissioned multiple works by student and professional composers with the aim of expanding the available repertoire for both instruments. In 2017, Zegiel performed with U-M students alongside the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet in a collaboration sponsored by the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor.
Evan is also an active composer and has studied composition with David Biedenbender at Michigan State University. He recently released a concerto for tuba and heavy metal band, with plans to add orchestra parts, and he has composed a solo piece for trumpet and heavy metal band commissioned by Patrick Oliverio. Another piece with heavy metal band is in the works for Dr. Jarrod Williams and Dr. Stephen Ivany, this one for trombone and cimbasso (or tuba/bass trombone) duo. His trio for two tubas and piano, Piano Trio No. 1, was a Finalist for the International Tuba-Euphonium Association's Harvey Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition. His work for brass quintet, Scorpius, was named an Honorable Mention for the Mirari Brass Quintet's 2020 Call for Scores. Shortly before that, his piece for unaccompanied tuba, Climate Strike, won the 2020 Leonard Falcone International Tuba/Euphonium Festival's Call for Scores. Climate Strike is published by Cimarron Music Press and is required repertoire for the 2021 Tuba Student division Competition of the Falcone Festival. His piece for tuba, piano, and percussion Synchronous Fireflies was commissioned and recorded by Dr. Chris Combest for his new album "Under Tennessee Skies" in 2020. Zegiel was also commissioned by the New World Symphony to write a short work for brass quintet to celebrate the 70th birthday of Board Chairman Edward Manno Shumsky, entitled New World Fanfare, which was premiered in April 2019. Evan has received commissions, premieres, and frequent performances of his compositions from performers and ensembles at the Lancaster Festival (OH), Brevard Music Center, the University of Michigan, Yale University, Northwestern University, the University of Iowa, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Washington State University, and Middle Tennessee State University, among others.
When he isn't playing tuba, composing, or teaching, Evan enjoys reading novels, drinking coffee and tea, and playing his electric and bass guitars. He also enjoys playing rhythm guitar for the new pop-punk band Lake Mosaic. He also has taken, more recently, to researching social justice issues, educating himself about climate change, and becoming more involved in the political process in the United States.