Christian Carichner is currently Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Iowa State University. Holding degrees from Ithaca College and Arizona State University, Christian is an accomplished performer, educator, and artist.
Christian has performed or taught in 47 different states and 12 countries across the globe. Recently, he was a featured performer at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and has presented clinics at several regional workshops across the country. Christian has also performed with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Tampa Tradewinds, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Pinnacle Brass, Rhythm and Brass, Proteus 7, Salt River Brass, and has performed with the national tour of the hit Broadway musical Chicago.
Christian is also very active in the marching music world. Currently he serves as Brass Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment, a Drum Corps International World Champion organization. He also spent 2006 with The Regiment before becoming Caption Head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, leading their brass in the transition to Division I DCI competition from 2007-2011. He also composes, designs, and arranges marching band shows for several organizations, most recently for UCA, Iowa State University, Fort Smith Southside High School, Cabot High School and Conway High School. He is also an active clinician and adjudicator working with Berryville (AR) High School, Novi (MI) High School and judging across the country, most recently at the Louisiana State Marching Band Championships.
Christian is currently an advocate for the incorporation of arts entrepreneurship in collegiate arts curriculum, where he believes that in today’s increasingly competitive arts field, an artist must possess the skills necessary to design and implement their own career.
Christian has previously taught on faculty at the University of Central Arkansas, Northern Arizona University, Mesa Community College, and Glendale Community College.