Performer's Certificate, Indiana University
Studio Teaching as a Career
Orchestral Brass Repertoire
Nationally and internationally known tubist Floyd O. Cooley has been
heard in recital throughout the US, Europe and Japan, appearing as
soloist, clinician, giving masterclasses, and as a member of the San
Floyd joined the San Francisco Symphony in
1969, at the time the youngest tuba player in any major orchestra in the
United States. Since then he has soloed with that orchestra on two
occasions, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa and Jahja Ling, given recitals
in a wide variety of places, including Carnegie Hall, commissioned
works by Earl Zindars and Richard Felciano and recorded three solo
albums, The Romantic Tuba on Crystal Records, A Schumann Fantasy on
Summit Records, and Friends in Low Places on Albany Records. He played
the 1992-1993 season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
musician of extremely varied activities and interests Floyd has
performed on the Visiting Artist Series in the Quad Cities of Iowa and
Illinois, where he played in schools and factories to over fifteen
thousand people. No matter what the activity, Floyd has been praised for
his sensitive playing, mellow tone and singing melodic line. The San
Francisco Chronicle wrote "the sheer beauty of tone and technical
accuracy were amazing. The effect was operatically vocal." Floyd has
been a participant at the Grand Teton Music Festival from 1975-2001.
spent one year at Kansas University and received a Performer's
Certificate from Indiana University in 1969. While at Indiana he
studied with William Bell, and also has studied with Mstislav
Rostropovich, Jacob Krachmalnick and Mark Lifschey. He Studied with
Arnold Jacobs from 1973-1998.
In 2001, after 31 years playing
with the San Francisco Symphony he turned his career towards teaching.
Prior to leaving the San Francisco Symphony Floyd taught at the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University and DePaul
University. His teaching has taken him to New Zealand, Australia, Japan
and Europe. Currently he is teaching at DePaul University where he is
the Brass Coordinator, teaching tuba; brass concepts, pedagogy and
teaching people to teach one-on-one.