Faculty & Staff

B.M., University of Kansas; M.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bo Atlas is currently in his 6th season as Principal Tubist with the Des Moines Symphony, and prior to that was Principal Tubist with the Topeka Symphony for 3 seasons. His formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas, and a Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree from the University of Iowa. Mr. Atlas has also been active as a freelance musician performing with groups such as the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Kansas Brass Quintet, Blackhouse Improviser’s Collective, Kansas City Brassworks, and the Fountain City Brass Band.

In 2014, Bo began collaborating with Casey Maday (trombone) and Will Baker (Bass Trombone) to form a trio called The Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate. The group’s goals are to provide high quality musical performances, enrich our community, entertain audiences, and reach and teach students throughout Iowa and the greater Midwest. As part of this, the trio has begun a series of low brass workshops through the greater Midwest, as well as maintaining an active performance schedule.

Bo is also much sought after soloist and has received many accolades for his solo work including Semifinalist at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2010, Finalist at the Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2011, winner of the University of Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition in 2012, winner of the Great Plains Regional Tuba Conference solo competition in 2009, and winner of the US Army Band Mock Audition in 2012.

Bo has studied tuba with John Manning, Craig Fuller, Scott Watson, Patrick Stuckemeyer, Tony Clements, Peter Warhaftig, Sam Pilafian, and Christian Carichner.