Ohio-based tuba player Aaron Hynds has been performing across the Midwest since 2003. He is the recipient of music degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the latter of which he attended as a Paul J. Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow. Over the past few years, he has given recitals and performed as a featured soloist on several occasions, always with an emphasis on contemporary music. He has recently commissioned several composers to write new works for the tuba, with multiple world premieres planned over the next 12 months. He also works as a composer, with upcoming premieres including the tuba-euphonium octet there are voices in the soil and a solo tuba work entitled breathing machine. When Aaron is not performing or writing new music, he enjoys teaching young tuba and euphonium players, with recent engagements including the Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and a masterclass/recital appearance at Millikin University (Decatur, IL). Aaron is currently attending Bowling Green State University, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music. His primary teachers include David Saltzman, John Stevens, Dr. Jeffrey Funderburk, Dr. Sharon Huff, and Thomas Miller.