Yukitada Onitsuka

Adjunct Faculty, Tuba



Phone: 937-229-3936

FH 473C

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Yukitada Onitsuka is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Music where he teaches classes in Tuba and Euphonium. His duties include teaching private lessons, directing the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and playing in the faculty brass quintet.

In addition to his responsibilities at UD, Yukitada has an active orchestral career as the principal tubist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He also frequently performs with the Chattanooga Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition, he has played with the Kentucky Symphony and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan. He has received the Orchestra Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013. He has appeared as a guest soloist both in the United States and Japan. He was the winner of the Harvey Phillips Big Brass Bash XVIII solo competition in 2004.

Yukitada holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he also pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance. His primary teachers include Timothy Northcut of the University of Cincinnati, Warren Deck formerly of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Yasuhito Sugiyama of the Cleveland Orchestra, Anthony Kniffen of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Peter Link of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Grose of the University of Oregon, and Floyd Cooley formerly of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.


  • Master of Music, Artist Diploma, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Oregon