the LGBTubenQuintet

The Lawrence Graduate Bayreuth Tuben Quintet is a tuben horn quintet that, fluid by design and inclination, is comprised of at least six members who identify as, know, or would like to know, someone who is LGBTQ+.

the LGBTubenquintet

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The tuben horn (often referred to as the “Wagner tuba”) is an orchestral misfit, approximately the size and shape of a euphonium but played with a French horn mouthpiece. In recent years, the instrument has been featured in scores for video games and adventure films but otherwise, tuben horns, usually found in sets of four, take up space in instrument lockers in symphony halls until dusted off for the yearly Wagnerian blow-out.

That is until 2019, when a group of new-music French horn superstars decided to take up the cause of the neglected instrument in the form of the Lawrence Graduate Bayreuth Tuben Quintet. Current members include founder Ann Ellsworth, renowned soloist and recording artist, John Gattis, known for his work with Wavefield Ensemble, Kyra Sims, New York’s premiere comedian horn player, Leander Star, horn player with the new music wind quintet The City of Tomorrow, and Lydia Van Dreel, horn professor at the University of Oregon.

In May of 2022, The Lawrence Graduate Bayreuth Tuben Quintet released their eponymous debut album. The record features world premiere recordings of Rei Coman’s “Gaelic Call,” commissioned by the ensemble as well as adapted works by Eve Beglarian, John Cage, Moondog, Arvo Pärt, and Alex Temple.

Informed by their decidedly un-Wagnerian values of inclusivity, diversity, and visibility, the LGBTuben Quintet aims to build and expand the cannon for their flexible ensemble and advance a non-hierarchical agenda that includes affecting positive social change and creating broader representation for the historically underrepresented. 


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International Women’s Brass Conference 2024 – Mito, Japan

We’ll be performing and presenting at IWBC in Mito, Japan in August, 2024. Come join us!

2024 events


performance at Portland State University MARCH 9

performance and presentation at University of Washington   FEBRUARY 27

performance and panel discussion at University of Oregon  MARCH 8

    this performance is part of the Center for the Study of Women in Society’s 50th anniversary celebration!

2023 events

midwest tour

performances and master classes at

Lawrence Conservatory, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Oberlin Conservatory

January 4 – 12



new recording project

check in for more info soon!





IHS 55

We’ll be at the international horn symposium

Look for our performances and exhibitors table

montreal, quebec

July 24 – 29, 2023


Northwestern University New Music Conference                           April 21-23

We performed Alex Temple’s Thick Line on April 23 at  NUNC!


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