Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz

Principal

Dr. Charles A. Schulz is Professor Emeritus of The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at The University of Memphis where he served as head of the brass division and twice served as President of the university wide Faculty Senate. Dr. Schulz joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as principal tubist in the fall of 1971 and has performed with all the symphony’s music directors. He also performs in the Memphis Symphony Brass Quintet and served for several years as the orchestra personnel manager.

Dr. Schulz is also Minister of Music at the First Unitarian Church of Memphis, also known as The Church of the River. His choir travels annually to perform with other choirs and has even traveled to Romania to sing and tour with the choir of their sister church. He spends a week every summer as tuba soloist with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band.

Dr. Schulz’s interests outside of music are a bit eclectic. He is a professional parliamentarian and has the highest credentials available in parliamentary law and procedure. He is a nationally respected teacher and regularly consults and writes professional opinions for a variety of clients and serves as a convention parliamentarian.

For fun he tunes and rebuilds pianos and is a self described racquetball junkie. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of four organizations and is President of his home owners association. His current intellectual pursuits include cognitive dissonance theory, American history and the history of Christian orthodoxy.

Additionally, Dr. Schulz is involved with the MSO's Family Tunes and Tales program.