Dennis J. Nulty was appointed principal tuba of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2009 by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. He was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, for three years, prior to joining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
An active freelance musician, Nulty has performed extensively with orchestras in western New York and the Boston area, including the Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Syracuse Symphony. A versatile performer outside of the orchestral repertoire, his experience includes performances with brass quintets, marching bands, jazz ensembles, and period instrument ensembles including the New Sousa Band conducted by Keith Brion, with which he toured Florida. He has also performed frequently at historic Fenway Park, including opening ceremonies for Game 1 of the 2007 World Series.
Nulty completed undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Performer’s Certificate, one of only a handful of tuba players to do so. He went on to finish graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. He has studied with Don Harry of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Mike Roylance of the Boston Symphony, as well as with Chester Schmitz and Harry Shapiro, both formerly of the Boston Symphony.
Nulty’s recording work can be heard on a CD/DVD project with Chris Botti and the Boston Pops Orchestra.