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Constance Weldon (1932–2020), pioneering tuba player

by Kirk Fox

Constance Weldon was a pioneering tuba player believed to be the first woman to play the tuba in a major American orchestra when she joined the Boston Pops in 1955.

  • Died: Friday, August 7, 2020 (Who else died on August 7?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 88 in North Carolina.
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Pioneering Tuba Player

Weldon studied the tuba at the University of Miami and received a bachelor’s in music. She joined the Boston Pops in 1955 and it is believed she was the first woman to play the tuba in a major U.S. orchestra. After two years with the Pops, she played with the North Carolina Symphony. Weldon performed in orchestras in Europe and the United States and later became a music teacher and assistant dean at the University of Miami. Her students include Mike Roylance, the current principal tuba player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  

On the image people have of the tuba 

“We’re trying to live down an image that when everyone looks at a tuba, they laugh. There is nothing that you can’t play on the tuba.” —Miami Herald 1981 

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What they said about her

Full Obituary: New York Times

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