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Christopher Olka


Principal tuba of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, Christopher Olka has had a wide and varied career in music before coming to Seattle. His orchestral experience includes performing with Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, as substitute tuba with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony as well as principal positions with the New Jersey Pops and Aspen Festival orchestras. An active soloist and advocate of solo tuba literature, Olka has performed across the country in recital and master-class as well as soloing with orchestra, windband and various other groups including Seattle Symphony, Cascade Symphony, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Brass Band Northwest, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, and University of Central Florida Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. His education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. During his undergraduate studies, Olka was the winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Artist Brass Solo Competition in 1996. He also won the Southeastern Regional MTNA Solo Competition twice and the Florida MTNA Solo Competition three times. Olka’s teachers have included Warren Deck (New York Philharmonic, retired), Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic), and Abe Torchinsky (Philadelphia Orchestra, retired). Olka currently serves on the School of Music faculty at the University of Washington. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.





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