The 45th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference
6.01.21 – 6.05.21
Session: A Dive in the Deep End: Incorporating Jazz Improvisation into Classical Trumpet Lessons
Nick Volz joined the faculty at Loyola University New Orleans in 2008 and is currently an Associate Professor of Music. In addition to teaching applied trumpet to both classical and jazz trumpet majors, he conducts the Loyola Brass Ensemble, teaches Brass Pedagogy classes to music education majors, and performs with both the Loyola Faculty Brass Quintet and the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet.
Dr. Volz has enjoyed a broad and diverse career as a performer and educator, performing throughout the world in a variety of musical contexts. As a New Orleans native and active freelance musician, he works regularly with a variety of groups including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, John Mahoney Big Band, and Delfeayo Marsalis. He toured extensively with original music group Johnny Sketch and Vivaz Latin Band, and his performances and compositions can be heard on seven of their commercially released albums. He has also performed or recorded with a number of other artists, including Columbus Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Ellis Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint.
Volz received his Doctorate in Brass Pedagogy and Literature from Indiana University, where he received doctoral minors in Music Theory and Jazz Studies. He served on faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also earned his Master of Music Performance, and he received his Bachelor of Music Education from Loyola University New Orleans.