B.M. (Murray State); D.M.A. (Louisiana State)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Saxophone
Brian Utley is Adjunct Associate Professor of Saxophone at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The Owensboro, Kentucky native received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from Louisiana State University. He also holds the M.M. from L.S.U. and the B.M. from Murray State University, and his primary saxophone teachers include Griffin Campbell and Scott Erickson.
Utley was a featured soloist with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Nashville Saxophone Quartet. He is a regular performer at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has performed at NACUSA conferences (Texas Chapter), the World Saxophone Congress, the International Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, and the 2011 Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society. He is in demand as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country, having presented recent master classes and guest recitals at Baylor University, Northwestern State (LA) University, University of New Mexico and University of Alabama-Birmingham.
An advocate of new music, Utley has recently premiered works by Perry Goldstein, L. Mark Lewis, Stephen Lias and William Price, and plans to present a new work by David Froom in the 2012-2013 concert season. He also performs in a variety of chamber music settings and is a co-founder of the award-winning Red Stick Saxophone Quartet. He has recorded on the New Tertian Records and Magni Publications labels, and is currently involved in a recording project featuring 21st century music by American composers.