Charles Villarrubia is Professor of tuba/euphonium at The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. Mr. Villarrubia is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a founding member of the international touring group, Rhythm & Brass. He received degrees in music performance from Louisiana State University and Boston University. Mr. Villarrubia has been a member of the Dallas Brass, the Waterloo Festival Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestras. Additionally, Mr. Villarrubia is a faculty member at the Brevard Music Center where he performs with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.
Mr. Villarrubia has appeared on four continents as a guest clinician and performer for the Yamaha Corporation and has recorded on the Telarc, Angel EMI, d’note, and Koch labels. Mr. Villarrubia has been a faculty member at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music.
In the spring of 2011 Mr. Villarrubia and Dr. Robert Carnochan, former Associate Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, commissioned Donald Grantham to compose a new work for solo tuba and orchestral winds. This resulted in a major new addition to the repertoire, the Concerto for Solo Tuba, Orchestral Winds, Percussion and Piano. Mr. Villarrubia premiered the Concerto with Dr. Carnochan conducting TheUniversity of Texas Wind Symphony on March 27, 2012 in Bates Recital Hall on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Subsequent performances of the Concerto included one at the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference on the campus of the University of Texas San Antonio and with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”. The Concerto has been recorded with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble and will be released digitally on the Longhorn label.
Mr. Villarrubia’s solo CD, Carnivale features several of his transcriptions for tuba and piano that are available through his publishing company, Azadmusico. His latest publication is a collection of vocal music entitled Interpretation Through Song. Mr. Villarrubia has also recorded all of the songs in the collection. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award and in 2019 received the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award.
What They Play
The EBC832 is the result of innovation not seen in the tuba community. This compact tuba combines the agility and response of 4/4 size tuba, with the sound and color of a much larger tuba.
- Key of CC, 4/4 size
- .689" bore
- 19 3/4" yellow brass upright bell
- York style 4 front-action pistons + 5th rotary valve
- Deluxe case