Assistant Professor of Practice in Tuba and Euphonium

Chanell Crichlow is a low brass multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and educator. She formed PitchBlak Brass Band in 2010 at the start of what became a vibrant brass band movement in New York City and across the globe. The group received high acclaim in both Downbeat and The Source magazines during their tenure.

A 2021 Sundance Composers Lab Fellow, Chanell had the opportunity to work closely with film and television composers on her craft. Creative advisors for the intensive included Laura Karpman, Blake Neely, Heather McIntosh, George S. Clinton, Mychael Danna, Kathryn Bostic, Jeff Rona, and Christopher Willis. 

As a tubist, she has performed with Yuga Cohler (YEETHOVEN, K-POP), Ludwig Göransson, (Wordless Music Orchestra), Solange (Governors Ball Music Festival), Andy Grammer (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Today Show), Shamir (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Pharoahe Monch (The Ecstatic Music Festival, Duke University), and more.

Chanell has released two projects under the moniker tubafresh and composes using jazz-pop structures while incorporating vocals and a custom King 1130 Flugabone designed by Scott Sweeney. 

Named Art of Practice Fellow for September 2021-August 2022 through the Sundance Institute, Chanell plans on exploring the depth of sound the tuba has to offer combined with electronic effects to create a series of compositions and soundscapes for the instrument. 

Chanell received her Masters in Classical Tuba Performance at Pennsylvania State University under the tutelage of Velvet Brown and her Bachelors in Classical Tuba Performance at The Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Toby Hanks.


BM, Manhattan School of Music

MM, Pennsylvania State University