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Director, School of Music

Professor, Saxophone

  • D.M., Saxophone Performance, Northwestern University (2008)
  • M.M., Saxophone Performance, Northwestern University (2003)
  • B.M., Saxophone Performance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2002)
Saxophonist Nathan Nabb maintains a vibrant and diverse international schedule as a performer, clinician and teacher. A regular performer with the St. Louis and Houston Symphonies, he has worked with renowned conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Robertson, Hans Graf, Marin Alsop, Michael Stern, and Keith Lockhart. His solo and chamber recordings on the Amp, BIS, and Innova labels have clearly positioned Nathan as a bold champion of new music, featuring acclaimed performances of composers ranging from Luciano Berio and Milton Babbitt to Philip Glass and Mari Takano.

In addition to other engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, and IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Nathan performed in the second major staging of John Adams’ Nixon in China in 2004. As a chamber musician, Dr. Nabb is the soprano chair of the Oasis Quartet whose debut recording was released in the spring of 2011 on Innova Recordings. His solo CD, Tangled Loops, was released in 2009 on AMP Recordings.

Nathan was a finalist at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition and a three-time semifinalist at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, winning the silver medal in 2001. His current activities span the United States, Europe, and Asia, and his career is featured in the March/April 2010 issue of the “Saxophone Journal.”

Dr. Nabb currently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University where he teaches saxophone and chamber music. Prior to moving to Texas, he taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Dr. Nabb’s students have won many competitions both in solo and chamber music settings and have been featured in performances and master classes at North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences, as well as other local and regional clinics.

Nathan received his Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dr. Frederick Hemke and was a two-time winner of the Northwestern University Chamber Music competition. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Professor Debra Richtmeyer.

Nathan proudly endorses Vandoren and Selmer products and performs on Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds and Selmer Paris Saxophones exclusively.