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Christian Carichner, originally from New York, majored in music education and performance, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College in 2005. After graduating from Ithaca, Christian moved to Arizona to begin work on a Master of Music degree in tuba performance with Professor Sam Pilafian at Arizona State University, and graduated in 2007. Currently, Christian is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at The University of Central Arkansas. At UCA he instructs the Tuba and Euphonium studio, teaches the 125 Jazz Ensemble, directs the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and teaches low brass methods.
Equally at home in the concert home and on the marching field, Christian is a highly sought-after clinician because of his intimate knowledge of The Breathing Gym, a pedagogy developed by his primary teachers, Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan. Christian has presented clinics on breathing and various other topics in 46 states and 5 countries. In addition to his work with the Phantom Regiment, he has also worked with Aimachi Marching Band (Japan), the UCA Bear Marching Band, the Iowa State University Marching Band, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and many high school marching bands in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Texas, Michigan, and New York.
In addition to his teaching, Christian also has an active international performing career. He is Principal Tubist with the Conway Symphony and Pinnacle Brass, the faculty brass quintet at UCA. Recent solo performances include appearances at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria and Tucson, Arizona, the U.S. Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and with the Little Rock Wind Symphony, the Conway Symphony Orchestra, and the UCA Wind Ensemble. Christian has also performed with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Tampa Tradewinds, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Pinnacle Brass, Rhythm and Brass, Proteus 7, Salt River Brass, and has performed with the national tour of the hit Broadway musical Chicago.