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Musicians of the NY Philharmonic

Alan Baer

principal tuba

Alan Baer joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2004, as Principal Tuba. He was formerly principal tuba with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His other performing credits include The Cleveland Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival of Wisconsin, New Orleans Symphony, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Ojai Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

During his tenure with the Milwaukee Symphony, he was a featured soloist with the orchestra nearly every year. He made his debut as a soloist in 2018 with the New York Philharmonic playing the John Wiliams Concerto for tuba. He has also toured several countries as a soloist and chamber musician including Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, and Brazil. Mr. Baer’s teachers have included Rudy Emilson, Dr. Gary Bird, Ronald Bishop, and Tommy Johnson.

Alan received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded their Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005.

Alan has appeared in recitals and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has held teaching positions at California State University, Long Beach, and at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 

Mr. Baer currently serves as the Instructor of Tuba at the Juilliard School of Music, Mannes College and Rutgers University.