Zach Collins

  • Zach CollinsProfessor

    • Tuba and Euphonium
    • Assistant Chairperson

    Contact Information

    Courses Taught

    • Applied Tuba and Euphonium
    • Tubaphonium Ensemble
    • Music Technology


    • DMA, University of Southern California
    • MM, University of Southern California
    • BM, Texas Christian University


    Zach Collins is professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At IUP, Zach teaches applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, and teaches classes in music technology.  In 2019, he released his first solo album, Chronicle. In 2020, Zach joined the roster of teachers at

    Zach performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet (IUP’s faculty brass quintet), Eastern Standard, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Keystone Chamber Winds, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras. In 2020, Zach was named the Dean’s Outstanding Researcher for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania College of Fine Arts. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Creative Arts by IUP. In 2014 he was named a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity.  

    In addition to his position at IUP, Zach also maintains a busy solo and chamber schedule. He has performed as a soloist or chamber musician at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2008, 2010, 2014, 2016), International Euphonium and Tuba Festival (2018), Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference (2010), and Western PASSHE Low Brass Consortium (2010). Recent solo and chamber engagements have taken him to Ohio, West Virginia, Washington, DC, New York, Texas, and Moscow, Russia. His interpretation of William Kraft’s Encounters II for Solo Tuba was released on Cambria Master Recordings in August 2009.

    Zach has written a number of works for brass instruments. His compositions and arrangements for tuba and euphonium can be purchased from Cimarron Music and Eighth Note Publications. Beginning in summer 2015 he began publishing a series of duets with scrolling music notation to YouTube. They can be found on the Bass Clef Duets web page.

    Prior to his appointment at IUP, Zach had numerous freelance performing opportunities in Texas and California. He has performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Riverside County Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony. In these ensembles Zach has performed under the baton of conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Helmuth Rilling. In Los Angeles Zach performed on several motion pictures, including Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, X-Men 3, Bobby, Next, Rocky Balboa, and Live Free or Die Hard. In 2007 he performed with the band Korn on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

    Zach Collins earned his bachelor of music in tuba performance from Texas Christian University (2003) and his master of music (2005) and doctor of music (2007) in tuba performance from the University of Southern California. While at TCU, Zach’s primary studies were with Richard Murrow, a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At USC his teachers were Jim Self and Tommy Johnson, both studio musicians, and Norm Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

    Zach Collins is a Miraphone artist and performs on the Miraphone Elektra F Tuba.