Mr. Yukitada Onitsuka

Part-time Faculty

Yukitada Onitsuka

Yukitada Onitsuka joined the faculty member of Youngstown State University in 2019. His duties at YSU include teaching private lessons and directing the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.

In addition to his responsibilities at YSU, Yukitada has an active orchestral career as the principal tubist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He also frequently performs with the Dayton Philharmonic, Columbus(OH) Symphony and Springfield Symphony(OH) Orchestras. In addition, he has played with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan. He has received the Orchestra Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013 and performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra as the principal tubist.

He also has appeared as a guest soloist both in the United States and Japan. He was the winner of the Harvey Phillips Big Brass Bash XVIII solo competition in 2004 and finalist of ITEC Arnold Jacobs Orchestra Excerpts Competition in 2010.

Yukitada holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he is also pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance. He has studied with Timothy Northcut, Warren Deck, Yasuhito Sugiyama, Anthony Kniffen, Peter Link, Michael Grose, and Floyd Cooley.