B.M. (Murray State); M.M. (Louisiana 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, a position he has held since 2011. Utley received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance, with a minor in music theory, from Louisiana State University. He also holds the M.M. from Louisiana State University and the B.M. from Murray State University, and his primary saxophone teachers include Griffin Campbell and Scott Erickson. From 2001 to 2010, Utley served on the School of Music faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Utley has been a featured soloist with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and Nashville-based contemporary music ensemble Intersection. He is a regular recitalist at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has performed at multiple NACUSA conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, International Saxophone Symposia, and new music festivals.
As an advocate of new music, Utley has premiered numerous works by noted composers including David Froom, Leonard Mark Lewis, Stephen Lias, and William Price. He is also a regular guest artist and clinician at universities and secondary schools throughout the country, and serves frequently as an adjudicator for local, state, and regional competitions.
His first solo recording, Characters, is available via the Mark Records label. The project features 21st-century music by American composers, including three world-premiere recordings. He can also be heard in recordings on the New Tertian and Magni Publications labels.