Dr. Clinton McCanless

Assistant Professor, Tuba/Euphonium


Clinton McCanless is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Louisville. An active soloist and chamber musician, he is a first prize-winner at the International Tuba Euphonium Association solo competition and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba competition. McCanless has been featured as a soloist with the Chicago Brass Band, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, the ITEC Festival Orchestra, Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds in Ohio, the West Michigan Symphony, as well as with student ensembles at the University of Louisville. He has performed with the internationally active Dallas Brass, the Tuba Bach chamber festival, and is currently a member of the Louisville Brass, the faculty brass quintet at the University of Louisville. Dr. McCanless has been principal tuba with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra since 2010.

An active educator and clinician, Dr. McCanless has taught at summer programs at the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where he continues to teach each summer. Prior to his position at the University of Louisville, he has served on the faculties of Oakland University and Spring Arbor University (MI), and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,.

Dr. McCanless holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education, and a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University.