Nathaniel O. Brickens

Professor of Trombone


Nathaniel O. Brickens,

Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, teaches trombone and serves as director of the internationally acclaimed UT Trombone Choir.  He holds a D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. from the University of Michigan, and a B.M. from Southern University. In recognition of his teaching, he has received several citations including being nominated for a 2013 UT Regents Outstanding Teacher Award, a 2012 Blunk Memorial Professorship, and the UT Senate of College Councils 2009 Professor of the Year Award; and was the recipient of a 2009 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, a 2006-07 Dad’s Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship and a 2005 Texas Exes Excellence in Teaching Award.  His students have won competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Association, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Zellmer Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, Big XII Conference, MTNA, Fort Worth Trombone Summit, and others. As a free-lance trombonist, Brickens has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Opera St. Louis, the Austin Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Ray Charles, Lena Horne, the Temptations, Andrea Bocelli, and with a wide variety of other 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.  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 Musical Instruments, he has performed at festivals in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Puerto Rico, Russia, and The Netherlands.   He has conducted the UT Trombone Choir in concerts presented in France, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, and throughout the U.S.  His teachers include Paul Adams, Glenn P. Smith, David Waters and Donald Knaub.


Evan Sankey

Trombone Teaching Assistant

Evan Sankey grew up in Houston, Texas where he began playing the trombone at the beginning of his 6th grade year. Evan is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and a Masters of Music degree with a related field in Early Music. He is currently the trombone graduate teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin working on the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. Evan was selected as the winner of the 2015 Big 12 Yamaha Xeno Tenor Trombone competition and was a finalist for three consecutive years in the Larry Wiehe International Trombone Competition (a competition devoted to the legacy of Arthur Pryor), performing Pryor’s works at the International Trombone Festival in Austin, TX in 2010, Nashville, TN in 2011, and Paris, France in 2012. Evan has been a featured soloist performing Pryor’s Love’s Enchantment with the San Jacinto College Central Brass Band and Annie Laurie and Fantastic Polka with the Austin Symphonic Band. In the spring of 2013, he performed the 1st movement of the Concerto pour Trombone et Orchestre by Henri Tomasi with the UNT Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the UNT concerto competition. Evan has also performed as part of a trombone sextet featuring Jeremy Wilson, Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University and former trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera, and the Maniacal 4, a professional trombone quartet from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Evan has been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony, UNT Symphony Orchestra, the UT Wind Ensemble, the UT Symphony Orchestra, and can be heard performing on the Jeanne Inc., GIA, and Klavier labels.