Praised by The Brass Bridge as having a "wonderful sense of musicianship...and virtuosic technique," Chris Combest was appointed as Tubist with the Louisville Orchestra in July of 2012. Previous positions include teaching appointments at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Southern Illinois University and The University of Illinois.
A founding member of the American Tuba Quartet and former Principal Tubist with the Victoria Symphony (USA), Dr. Combest has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, The U.S. Army Field Band, the Illinois Symphony, the Danville Symphony (IL), the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, the Prairie Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, the Lexington Brass Band, Saxton's Cornet Band, the Illinois Brass Quintet, the University of Evansville Brass Quintet, the University of Louisville Brass Quintet and the Louisville Orchestra Brass Quintet. He can be heard on NPR, the BBC and both the Polyphonic and Mark Custom recording labels. Recent performances include appearances at the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Washington D.C. (January 2011), the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (March 2011) and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held in Linz, Austria (June 2012).
Dr. Combest has presented recitals and masterclasses as a guest artist and clinician at various universities throughout the United States. He has adjudicated concerto and solo competitions; most recently, the 2011 Artist and Young Artist Tuba and Euphonium Competitions at the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Central Michigan University. As a scholar, Dr. Combest has contributed to the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal and in the spring of 2010, he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Clifford R. Bevan Excellence in Research Award given by the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Dr. Combest has also authored an instructional video as part of the Power Lessons with the Pros Video Series entitled "Practice Room Strategies" at the invitation of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
Dr. Combest received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), The College Music Society (CMS) and the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) where he serves as an Associate Editor for the ITEA Journal.