Neil Konouchi was named Principal Tuba of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera as of the 2014-2015 season. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, he is an active studio musician that has appeared on a variety of motion picture and video game soundtracks and has recorded and performed with numerous artists including Jack White, Imagine Dragons, Alice Cooper, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Neil is also a regular substitute with the Nashville Symphony and appears with the NSO on Naxos recordings 8.570716 (Pictures at an Exhibition) and 8.559678 (Morning’s Embrace). He is a founding member of Halfbrass and a touring member of Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band.
Prior to relocating to Nashville, Neil played tuba and bass trombone as a cast member in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. He attended the University of Southern California where he studied with legendary studio musicians Tommy Johnson and Jim Self and later finished his degree at Berklee College of Music.
Aside from performing, Neil is an experienced music educator, clinician, and adjudicator. He currently serves as brass captain head for Father Ryan High School (Nashville, TN).