Cale Self, D.M.A
Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Low Brass
Phone: 678-839-6516 | Fax: 678-839-6259
Office: Humanities Building
Cale Self is Assistant Professor of Music, Assistant Director of Bands, and Instructor of Low Brass at the University of West Georgia in beautiful Carrollton, GA. Also serving as the Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Self directs “The Sound That Lights the South” Marching Band and the “Wolfgang” Basketball Pep Band. He also conducts the UWG Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble, teaches brass and instrumental methods courses, and supervises student teachers.
Holding degrees in music education and instrumental conducting from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX, Dr. Self also holds a doctorate in euphonium performance from the University of Georgia in Athens. His teachers include David Zerkel, John Lynch, Allen Crowell, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, Gary Garner, Joe Nelson, and Joseph Cox. He has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Christian Badea, Marty Erickson, Adam Frey, Sarah McKoin, Tim Northcut, Demondrae Thurman, and Charles Villarubia.
In the summertime, Dr. Self is the Dean of Students at the Brevard Music Center in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. In that capacity, he administers the non-musical side of life at BMC, supervising a staff of 4 assistant deans and 35 resident advisors as well as over 400 student musicians who study at the music center each summer. Dr. Self is also an active musician at BMC as a regular performer in the orchestral, wind band, and chamber music programs.
Dr. Self has performed for the Texas Music Educators and Texas Bandmasters Associations, the College Band Directors National Association, the International Tuba Euphonium Association, the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the US Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference, the BOA National Concert Band Festival, and the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall. He has performed under Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Thomas Wilkins, Steven Smith, Kraig Williams, Don Wilcox, James Keane, Harry Begian, Michael Haithcock, Manu Mallaerts, and Fred Mills.
A two-time concerto competition winner, Dr. Self was also a finalist in the 2006 International Tuba Quartet competition as a member of the UGA Tuba Quartet. He is also active and passionate about commissioning new works for the euphonium, having participated in consortiums that have resulted in four new works for the instrument within the past two years. Dr. Self maintains a diverse and multi-faceted performing schedule as a director, soloist, conductor, adjudicator, arranger, and teacher. In his free time, he enjoys escapist fiction, 80's pop music, and fine cigars.