Joseph Agnew

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Tuba)


MA, Northwestern University

In 1989, after completing his vocal studies with Dr. Lucinda Schultz of Armstrong Atlantic University, Joseph Agnew moved to Chicago to continue his studies with Chicago Symphony principle tubist and legendary pedagogue Arnold Jacobs. During that time Joseph played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Classical Symphony and many other professional engagements both vocal and instrumental. After holding positions as adjunct professor and visiting lecturer at several universities and music institutions, Joseph accepted a post on the faculty of the University of Illinois Chicago. He stayed in that position from 1996 to 2003 when he left to pursue a graduate degree from Northwestern University. In 2004 Joseph completed his master in performance from Northwestern. 

Currently, Joseph serves on the faculty of Trinity International University. In addition to his work with the university, Joseph is a past member of the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Chorus. The Evanston Symphony and Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Lake Bluff Illinois. Joseph has performed as acting principle tuba with the orchestras of Rockford, Kenosha, Northwest Indiana, Lake Forest, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, Elgin Symphony and many others. As a tubist and a tenor, Joseph has performed under some of today’s most influential conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Mistislov Rostapovich and many more. Joseph’s pop music credits include Jazz concerts with Dr. Billy Taylor, Teddy Adams, and Rich Matteson show tune concerts with Michael Fienstien, and rock concerts with Olivia Newton John. Special audience performances for Joseph include Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth of England. Joseph Resides in Lake Bluff, Illinois where he lives with his wife Terri and his children Kurt, Jack, Noah, and Rebekah. He also has a very homely Shar pei dog named Tre.