Cale Self is Professor of Music, Assistant Director of Bands, and Instructor of Euphonium & Tuba at the University of West Georgia in beautiful Carrollton, GA. Also serving as the Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Self directs the Marching Wolves of West Georgia and the Wolfgang Basketball Pep Band. He also conducts the UWG Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, and Tuba Ensemble.
Holding degrees in music education and instrumental conducting from West Texas A&M University, Dr. Self also holds a doctorate in euphonium performance from the University of Georgia. His teachers include David Zerkel, John Lynch, Allen Crowell, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, Gary Garner, Joe Nelson, and Joseph Cox. He began his career by teaching high school band in his hometown of Midland, TX.
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. He is also an active musician at BMC as a frequent performer in the wind band, chamber music, and orchestral programs on euphonium, tuba, trombone, and bass trumpet.
Dr. Self has performed at state, regional, national, and international conferences and festivals in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. He has performed under conductors Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Thomas Wilkins, Robert Moody, Ken Lam, Steven Smith, Kraig Williams, and Fred Mills.
An advocate for new music, Dr. Self has participated in commissioning consortiums that have resulted in over thirty new works for euphonium, tuba, or concert band over the past ten years, and has performed or conducted premiere performances of fifteen of those pieces. Recent commission projects include several works by UWG alumnus Katahj Copley, including Limitless for tuba, euphonium, and piano, and a concerto for euphonium and band entitled Canvases.
Dr. Self is an artist affiliate with Eastman Winds and Parker Mouthpieces. He remains active in the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast as a soloist, ensemble musician, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.