DePaul University, MM, Tuba Performance
Ball State University, BM, Tuba Performance
Interlochen Arts Academy, HS Diploma
Akshat Jain is an artist committed to outreach and civic practices through the field of music and his voice as a tubist. In addition to his responsibilities as faculty at Merit School of Music, he teaches private lessons and is an active coach and performer throughout the Chicagoland area.
As an active performer, he believes that being a versatile musician is integral to succeeding as a 21-Century musician. Akshat enjoys regularly performing chamber music, orchestral repertoire, wind band, brass ensemble, contemporary, jazz, popular, and avant-garde music. His work has led him to perform with organizations like the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Aspen Music Festival, Fresh Inc Music Festival, and the Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival. His principal teachers include Floyd Cooley, Warren Deck, Matthew Lyon, Thomas Riccobono, Anthony Kniffen, Gene Pokorny, and Andy Smith.
I don’t really have favorites when it comes to compositions and musicians. I prefer all art to be shaped by the environment that I am in at any given point.
“Pursuing the arts not only expands your world outward, but it gives you the opportunity to look inward and grow into your potential.”