Raised in Troy, Michigan, tubist/conductor Avi Mehta recently completed his master’s degree in wind conducting at The Pennsylvania State University, where he studied with Dennis Glocke, Gerardo Edelstein, Christopher Kiver, Richard Bundy, and Mark Lusk. During his time at Penn State, Avi led performances with numerous ensembles throughout the university, often conducting his own arrangements. Avi has additionally taught courses in conducting and served on staff with the Penn State Blue Band. He also completed his K-12 certification in music education, teaching in the Bellefonte and State College school districts.
Avi also remains active as an instrumental performer, serving most recently as principal tuba with the Nittany Valley Symphony. Prior to his time at Penn State, Avi earned his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where he studied tuba with John Stevens and conducting with Scott Teeple. He has attended numerous conducting symposiums and has performed and taught at Eastern Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Penn State’s Summer Music Clinic, and Northwestern’s High School Summer Music Institute. Avi is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. His role as an educator has encompassed a wide range of activities, including volunteering with a variety of youth ensembles, presenting masterclasses in India, and founding the Penn State Summer Band—a group that presents outreach concerts in the State College community. Avi frequently returns to his hometown of Troy as a guest conductor, low brass clinician, and marching band instructor, most recently directing the Troy High Symphonic Band at the 2011 Michigan Music Educators Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.