Thomas Graf

Major: Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Tuba

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

Profile: 

A native of Roxbury, New Jersey, Thomas “TJ” Graf is currently studying at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar. A consistent finalist in major solo competitions since 2014, TJ was awarded first place in the Young Artist competition at the 2015 Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and was awarded second place at the 2017 Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Competition. Among other competitions, he has also been a finalist in competitions at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2014 and 2016, and at the Falcone Festival in 2014. Highlights from TJ’s young performance career feature solo and orchestral performances in venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In addition to his pursuits as a soloist and orchestral musician, TJ is also an avid chamber musician. As a member of the University of Miami’s Stamps Brass Quintet, he actively pursues the development of new repertoire for the brass quintet and the production of engaging recitals and recording projects. The Stamps Brass Quintet was invited as an ensemble in residence at the 2017 Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Incredibly grateful to each of his teachers, TJ has studied with Jeffrey Conrad, Paul Scott, and Derek Fenstermacher; and is currently studying with Dr. Aaron Tindall. TJ prides himself in his work ethic and dedication to his craft, but in his free time, he can be found spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and thinking that he can play the guitar.