Retired Associate Professor

BMus (Toronto); MM, DM (Northwestern)

Gregory Irvine, a native of Nova Scotia, was Principal Tubaist of the Hamilton (Ontario) Philharmonic Orchestra for eleven years. During that time he also performed with such ensembles as the Toronto Philharmonic, Toronto Pops, and CJRT Orchestras. He has performed extensively as a tuba soloist, and in chamber ensembles including the Royal Brass of the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Aeolos Brass Quintet, which toured throughout Canada during the 1980s.

Dr. Irvine has studied his instrument with some of the finest and best-known tuba players in the world, including Charles Daellenbach of the Canadian Brass and the late Arnold Jacobs, legendary tuba player of the Chicago Symphony. His combined interest in performing and teaching led him to further study in these two areas at Northwestern University, from where he earned both Master's and Doctor of Music degrees.

Dr. Irvine's teaching responsibilities in the Music Department at UPEI included teaching applied brass, instrumental conducting, brass techniques and some music history. He continues to perform regularly as the tubaist for the P.E.I. Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Symphony New Brunswick.

Recent Publications

Arnold Jacobs's legacy

Scholar Publishing, 2015

Tuba survey results

Canadian Winds / Vents Canadiens, 2006

Lessons learned (and ignored!) from the past

Canadian Winds, Canadian Band Association, 2003

[Response to The pedagogy of correct breathing, Spring 2002]

, 2002

Research Classification

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Research Interests

  • Pedagogy of teaching brass instruments including aspects of the psychology involved in tone production
  • Efficient use of respiration in brass performance
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