College of Visual and Performing Arts

Associate Faculty


  • Phone: 260-481-6728
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 213
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Sam Gnagey has been principal tubist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1970. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and the Purdue University School of Health Science. He has performed as tubist and/or doublebassist with with the orchestras of Indianapolis, Evansville, Elkhart, Kokomo, Lafayette, South Bend, Anderson, Richmond, Muncie and Marion in Indiana, Lansing and Flint, Michigan and Buffalo, New York. For several years Sam worked as a music educator in the schools of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Pontiac, Michigan. He served in many capacities at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan after joining the faculty there in 1978 until 2000. In addition to being the tuba professor at Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne he has been instructor low brass at Grace College, Huntington University, Goshen College and Tayor University. He and his wife, Deb Lahr-Gnagey are extensively involved in finding and reconstructing early and mid 20th century tubas for modern professional use and building cimbassi. They also find time to manage a small herd of Clydesdale horses on their mini-farm. Sam enjoys sailing, playing tennis, cooking and traveling. He is vice-president and founding member of the Old Crown Brass Band, vice-president of Local 58 of the American Federation of Musicians and a member of the orchestra committee of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Sam Gnagey