Principal Tuba, Frank Byrne Chair
Joe LeFevre joined the Kansas City Symphony in 2018. Prior to this appointment, he was principal tuba of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. LeFevre holds a bachelor’s degree in tuba performance with an emphasis in music education from Michigan State University and is the Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Washburn University. LeFevre has studied with Phil Sinder, Gene Pokorny, Mike Roylance, Dennis Nulty, Deanna Swoboda, Jacob Cameron and Bill Short. He has performed as soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In addition, he has subbed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and he was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2016. LeFevre won the gold medal in the Student Division of the 2014 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition and the bronze medal in the artist division in 2015. In 2013, LeFevre was a member of the Michigan State Spartan Marching Band when they performed at the 100th Rose Bowl Game. LeFevre is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling, skiing and spending time with family and friends. He is an avid sports fan and lifelong baseball and football enthusiast. Joe has adopted the Chiefs however despite Kansas City’s best intentions, he remains a devoted Detroit Tigers fan.