Nathan Siler

Adjunct Professor of Low Brass and Music History and Literature College of Arts and Sciences Division of Fine Arts
Bradford HallRoom G10A400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601502-597-6592502-597-5999 (fax)


Trombonist Nathan Siler enjoys a rich and varied career as both a performer and educator. He is currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Low Brass and Music History and Literature at Kentucky State University. In addition, he maintains a highly active private trombone studio.

Dr. Siler has enjoyed a long career in the orchestral realm. Since 2012, he has performed as principal trombonist with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Charlotte Symphony, served as principal trombonist of the Orquestra de la SEC in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico and has acted as auxiliary trombonist with the Louisville Orchestra for the 2012-13 season. He has also recently performed as guest principal trombonist with the San Diego Symphony. Other performance credits include the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Orchestra Nova (San Diego) and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has also performed with Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Wayne Shorter and Brad Mehldau, as well as Randy Newman and Jerry Goldsmith in Hollywood.

He recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he served as the assistant conductor of the CCM Brass Choir and conductor of the CCM Trombone Choir. Under his direction, the trombone choir was invited to perform at the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop, the largest event of its kind in the U.S. The group also performed at the 2011 Ohio Music Educators Association Annual Convention, the Gabrieli Festival at Cedarville University and at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati. He is currently an instructor at Ballard High School and Oldham County High School, where he leads two of the only high school brass choirs in the state. From 2009-2011, he was the teaching assistant in trombone at CCM, teaching undergraduate applied fundamentals lessons, a graduate applied scale diagnostic course and working with jazz and music education majors.

Also active as a chamber musician, he is the founding member of the Elysian Trombone Consort, a trombone quartet dedicated to new music for this type of ensemble. The quartet was featured at the 2013 International Trombone Festival and appeared in recital at the 2012 College Music Society National Convention in San Diego. They have also performed at the University of Southern California, Peabody Conservatory, Mesa College (San Diego) and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Upon hearing a recording of his Trombone Quartet, composer Walter Ross declared, “WOW! What a super performance! I have never heard that piece done so well…with such energy, precision and spirit!” As a member of the Ilium Brass Quintet, he received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied chamber music and performed with the American Brass Quintet.

Dr. Siler has been active commissioning new works as both trombonist and conductor. In February 2011, the Elysian Trombone Consort premiered the Concerto for Four Trombones and Wind Ensemble by composer John Crouch with the Peabody Wind Ensemble in Baltimore, and has since perfomed the concerto with the CCM Wind Ensemble. He has also worked closely with composers David Fetter, Frank Gulino. John Siler, David Faleris, Douglas Pew, Matthew Vandegriff, Rodney Oakes, Allen Brings, Don Bowyer, Russell Nadel, Peter Rauch and Meghan Goodner.

In addition to the DMA, he holds a B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, two masters degrees (trombone/wind conducting) from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trombone from the University of Southern California. He has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Philadelphia Institute for Brass Studies at Temple University and Brevard Music Center. His teachers include James DeSano, Thomas Klaber, Terry Cravens, James Olin, and Tim Anderson. He has also been heavily influenced by Steve Witser, Michael Powell, Per Brevig and David Fetter.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.M. (Trombone Performance), Cleveland Institute of Music
  • M.M. (Wind Conducting), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  • M.M. (Trombone Performance), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  • D.M.A. (Trombone Performance), University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

Academic History

Adjunct Professor of Low Brass and Music History and Literature, Division of Fine Arts (2013)