Jacob Taitel ’18
Jacob Taitel is currently pursuing a DMA in Tuba Performance at the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor. As an active orchestral musician, he has performed with numerous
regional orchestras, including the Erie Philharmonic and Akron Symphony. Jacob is
a passionate teacher and works hard to ensure his students' success!
Jacob received an MM in Tuba Performance and Chamber Music from the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a BM in Orchestral Instrument Performance with a focus
in Tuba from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Il. He has maintained an
active solo presence, most recently winning second prize in the Tuba Artist division
of the Leonard Falcone Euphonium and Tuba Competition in 2021. He was also a featured
soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band in 2020 and a featured soloist
in the University of Michigan's Collage Concert where he performed with dance, also
in 2020. Jacob was a winner of both the Illinois Wesleyan Concerto-Aria Competition
and Illinois Wesleyan Wind Ensemble solo competition in 2016, a semifinalist in the
National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the United States Army Band "Pershing's
Own" in 2018, and was named first prize winner at the MWERTEC Solo Competition in
the Tuba Student division in 2015.
Jacob published Beyond the Scale for tuba, trombone/euphonium, horn, and trumpet with
Encore Music Publishers, working in collaboration with Adam Unsworth (horn) and Joon
Park (trumpet) for adaptation. He is continuously looking for new and exciting ways
to improve upon the current pedagogical literature.