Torrey Lawrence Bio


Torrey Lawrence, tuba

Torrey Lawrence joined the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in 1998. He is currently a Professor of Music. His teaching duties include the tuba/euphonium studio, Concert Band, and athletic bands including the Vandal Marching Band. Prior to coming to Idaho, he was the Executive Director of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and taught at Clarke College, Dubuque, IA. 

Though originally from Tacoma, Washington, Mr. Lawrence attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. There he studied with Rex Martin and earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. Mr. Lawrence is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Tuba Performance and Wind Conducting at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, where he studies with Michael Grose and Robert Ponto. 

Mr. Lawrence is currently a member of the Idaho Brass Quintet and the Walla Walla Symphony. He has also performed recently with the Spokane Symphony, Oregon Symphony (Portland), Eugene Symphony, and the Oregon Mozart Players. As a soloist he has performed over fourteen recitals throughout the West and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. 

He and his wife, Sara, live on thirty-two acres outside of Viola, Idaho, where they have home improvement projects too numerous to mention. They are supervised by their yellow Labrador and two cats. Their first child, Thomas, was born in October 2008.