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Faculty & Staff

Akshat Jain

Faculty: Tuba & Euphonium


DePaul University
Masters in Music, Tuba Performance

BM Ball State University
Bachelors in Music, Tuba Performance


Akshat Jain is an artist committed to outreach and civic practices through the field of music and his voice as a tubist. Getting his start on classical guitar, Akshat worked his way through every brass instrument before eventually landing on the tuba. Eventually it just stuck, and an inseparable relationship began.

As an active performer, Akshat has performed in a multitude of genres. As a chamber musician, he has performed with ensembles including New Chicago Brass, Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble, Aduro Brass, the Western Brass Quintet, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Brass Quintet. Akshat is also founding member of Origin Brass Quintet, an ensemble committed to educational outreach and the development of contemporary repertoire for the genre. He is also the tubist in Fire Thief, a local Chicago indie band.

Akshat is also an active orchestral freelancer and has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Muncie Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a jazz musician, Akshat has performed with Nicholas Payton under the direction of Dana Hall and the Jazz Workshop Big Band at DePaul University, and has performed under the direction of Mark Buselli at Ball State University. As a teacher, Akshat joined the faculty at Merit School of Music in the fall of 2019 as their Tuba/Euphonium Instructor. Akshat also currently teaches private lessons at Lane Tech HS, and has taught throughout the Chicago area since 2017.  Outside of Chicago, Akshat has taught for the P.A.L.S teaching program at the Aspen Music Festival, the Interlochen Center for the Arts Low Brass Institute, and guest taught for one week at Ball State University in the spring of 2019. As a recording artist, you can hear Akshat on the most recent Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble CD entitled “Nights Bright Days”.

Akshat holds a MM from DePaul University and holds degrees from Ball State University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS). Originally from Vadodara, India, he has lived in Zambia, Thailand, Canada and the United States.

His talents have taken him to the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive summers; OperaMaya Festival in Cancún, Mexico; the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan; Fresh Inc Music Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival in Seoul, South Korea. His principal teachers include Warren Deck, Floyd Cooley, Gene Pokorny, Matthew Lyon, Anthony Kniffen, and Thomas Riccobono.

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“The study of the arts and musicianship allows people to elevate their game. It brings them out of themselves and allows them to be a part of something much bigger, allowing their voice to contribute to a broader community.”