Chris Leuba is known as much for his pedagogical writing and lecturing and his many prominent students as for his distinguished and varied playing career. He taught at the Aspen and Chautauqua festivals, Portland State University, and most notably the University of Washington in Seattle. His publications include A Study of Musical Intonation (highly regarded as a seminal work for teaching the principles of just intonation to musicians), Rules of the Game, Phrasing Concepts, and Dexterity Drills (all used by brass teachers around the country).
Chris was born in 1929 in Pittsburgh and later lived in Seattle. He started playing the horn during his senior year in high school, studied with Aubrey Brain and Philip Farkas, and served two terms in the United States Army (West Point and the English Midlands). He was a member of the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra), finally becoming principal horn, then served as principal horn with the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner during the 1960-1962 seasons. He has also appeared with the Philharmonica Hungarica under the direction of Antal Dorati.
Additional indication of Chris's playing range is shown by his having performed fourteen complete Wagner Ring cycles as second horn in the Seattle Opera and appeared with Sarah Vaughn, Quincy Jones, and the Bill Russo big band. While teaching at the University of Washington (1968-1979), Chris was a member of the faculty wind quintet, Soni Ventorum, and participated in the university's Contemporary Group.
Chris was principal horn of the Portland Opera in Portland OR for 23 years and participated in IHS symposiums for many years. He became an IHS Honorary Member in 2007.