Ryan Schultz is one of the Northwest’s busiest tuba performers and low brass pedagogues. He is involved with more than 100 professional performances each year and also works with hundreds of young musicians throughout the region every school year. After leaving the West Coast’s Army Band in 1999, Mr. Schultz was appointed to several orchestral positions: Principal Tubist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Principal Tubist of the Auburn and Yakima Symphonies. He has performed and recorded with Seattle Symphony and can also be heard on numerous commercial recordings. Ryan has also performed on tuba and/or bass trombone with Eugene Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta and the orchestras of Bellevue, Tacoma and Yakima.
His low brass students have won top prizes in International, National, Regional, Washington State and local music competitions. Alumni of Mr. Schultz’ teaching studios have gone on to study at some of the finest colleges and conservatories in the nation and win numerous honors. He is a faculty member at the University of Puget Sound, and at Seattle Pacific University.
In 2013, Mr. Schultz made his New York debut, with the critically acclaimed PNB Orchestra. Alastair Macaulay wrote in the New York Times, “Prokofiev’s celebrated score for “Romeo and Juliet” has never sounded better in the theater, in my experience, than at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s two performances on Saturday at City Center.” Of the evening performance, he wrote, “the brass players were flawless.”