Zach Collins Zach Collins, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor


Phone: 724-357-2899

Office Hours:

Tuba, Euphonium
Tubaphonium Ensemble
Music History

Zach Collins earned his Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Texas Christian University (2003), his Master of Music (2005) and Doctor of Music (2007) in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California. While at TCU, Zach’s primary studies were with Richard Murrow, a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At USC his teachers were Jim Self and Tommy Johnson, both studio musicians, and Norm Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Zach has had numerous performing opportunities as a freelance musician in Texas and California. He has performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Riverside County Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony. In these ensembles Zach has performed under the baton of conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Helmuth Rilling. In Los Angeles Zach performed on several motion pictures including Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End, X-Men 3, Bobby, Next, Rocky Balboa, and Live Free or Die Hard. In 2007 he performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with the band Korn.

Zach has also been successful as a soloist and chamber musician. He placed 2nd in 2005 and 3rd in 2003 at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Zach won first prize at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. In 2006 as a member of the Metroplex Brass Quintet he performed as a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Zach has been an active teacher in both Texas and California. In Texas he taught in the Keller, Grapevine/Colleyville, and Birdville Independent School Districts. In California Zach taught at Cerritos College and in the Walnut Valley School District.

At IUP Zach teaches applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble and teaches Introduction to Music. Zach performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Keystone Chamber Winds, and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. In June 2008 Zach performed as a guest artist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati, OH.