Colorado native Chance Trottman-Huiet has been Principal Tuba with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since November 2016, an audition he won while pursuing his DMA at Michigan State University. He enjoys performing in the Philharmonic and with the Philharmonic Brass Quintet for its many educational and community outreach performances. Chance has also enjoyed performing with the orchestras of Cleveland, Melbourne, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Louisville, Iceland, and Malaysia, and other Midwest ensembles including the especially-fun Kalamazoo-based New Orleans-style group, the Kanola Band, where Chance does his best to channel the funk of The Meters and Dr. John and energy of groups like Youngblood Brass Band.
As a soloist, Chance has performed recitals around the country including a guest artist recital at the 2018 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held at the University of Iowa. Chance is slated to perform the John Williams Tuba Concerto with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in February 2022, his first solo appearance with the orchestra. In March 2019, he had the privilege of premiering Viet Cuong's Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble with the Purdue Fort Wayne Wind Ensemble. Mr. Trottman-Huiet currently teaches at Purdue University Fort Wayne, host of the 2018 Midwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, Kalamazoo College, and Western Michigan University.
In the last few years, Chance has been interested in learning about birds and loves exploring the native birds in places he gets to travel. Most recently, he saw the critically-endangered Helmeted Honeyeater in Healesville, Australia. In the 1980s, its population had dropped to fewer than 60 breeding pairs in the wild, but is slowly growing due to diligent work at sanctuaries like in Healesville. He recently recorded and self-produced an album of original folk songs released in January 2021 called, “For the Birds.” The album is on Spotify and all listening sources.
His primary teachers, who deserve much gratitude, include Orcenith Smith, Jacob Cameron, and Philip Sinder.