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About Me

Dr. Nick Beltchev is a performer and educator based out of Stillwater, Oklahoma. He will be the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Western Carolina University beginning in August of 2024.  Prior to his appointment at WCU, he held positions at Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Texas A&M University- Central Texas, and Temple College (Temple, Texas). 


Dr. Beltchev joined the 5-time Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds in 2019. He has previously held the position of Principal Tuba with the Macon Symphony in Macon, Georgia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Band Chamber Winds, and the University of Michigan Marching Band. In addition to this, he has been awarded prizes and received honors at several international competitions. 

In his teaching, Dr. Beltchev strives to help each student find their authentic voice on the instrument. His students have ranged from middle school to college graduate students. His students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious music programs in the country, earned TMEA All-State honors, earned spots at reputable summer programs, and have been offered contracts at World Class DCI drum corps. 


As a researcher, Dr. Beltchev's interests lie in creating methods that synthesize a student’s music education, enabling them to realize and communicate well-formed and effective musical ideas through the medium of tuba and euphonium playing. He has presented on the topic of Marcel Tabuteau’s systematic approach to phrasing at numerous universities and the Virtual Tuba-Euphonium Conference in 2021. In addition to these academic pursuits, he is a frequent contributor to the “New Materials” column in the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal. 


Dr. Beltchev received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. His primary instructors include Charles Villarrubia, David Zerkel, Fritz Kaenzig, Don Little, and Dr. Roy Couch. 

Dr. Beltchev is a Buffet/ B&S Performing Artist and Clinician. He performs on a B&S 3198 CC tuba and a B&S MRP F tuba.


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