Dr. Benjamin Vasko resides in Boston, having recently finished a one-year appointment at Valdosta State University as Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium and principal tubist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in Valdosta, GA. During the summer, Dr. Vasko is a brass instructor with the 19-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. This summer, he will be joining the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he will give lessons, coach chamber music, and teach orchestral/band repertoire classes.
Dr. Vasko holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia, both in Tuba Performance. His primary teachers have been Sam Pilafian, Charles Villarrubia, and David Zerkel. He recently completed his doctorate at Boston University under BSO tubist Mike Roylance. Dr. Vasko’s dissertation is an exploration of the benefits that collaborative learning have on student wellbeing and musicianship in collegiate tuba/euphonium ensemble.
Dr. Vasko’s jazz and commercial playing are regularly in demand, having performed with groups like the Hot Tamale Brass Band, Urban Achievers Brass Band, and South Coast Brass Band, and for events hosted by companies like Dell, Captain Morgan, and The Chive. His playing/arranging can be heard in commercials for companies like Ford and State Farm.
Dr. Vasko has performed with groups throughout the US and Mexico, most recently having finished a tour to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements include the recording of an upcoming album of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s music with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has also performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA), Orquesta Sinfonico de la UACJ, Symphony Augusta, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops.