Nathaniel Brickens, Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, teaches trombone and serves as director of the award winning and internationally acclaimed UT Trombone Choir. Dr. Brickens holds a DMA from The University of Texas at Austin, an MM from the University of Michigan, and a BM from Southern University. In recognition of his teaching, he has received several awards including, most recently, a 2005 Texas Exes Excellence in Teaching Award.
As a freelance trombonist, Dr. Brickens has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Opera St. Louis, the Austin Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, and with a wide variety of popular artists. He has toured nationally as trombonist in the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra (the touring arm of the Houston Grand Opera), the Paragon Brass Ensemble, and the Chicago-based Black Music Repertory Ensemble. He has performed on NBC’s Today Show and on the stage of many of our nation’s finest concert halls. Several concerts have been heard on National Public Radio and Public Radio International broadcasts.
Dr. Brickens is a vocal advocate for the trombone and an active member of the International Trombone Association. He served as ITA President (2002-2004) and presided over meetings in Helsinki, Finland, and Ithaca, New York. An artist/clinician for Edwards Instruments, he has performed at festivals in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Finland, Russia, and The Netherlands. His teachers include Donald Knaub, Paul Adams, Glenn P. Smith, and David Waters.