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. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Owensboro, Ky., native 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 L.S.U. and the B.M. from Murray State University. His primary saxophone teachers include Griffin Campbell and Scott Erickson.
Utley has been a featured soloist with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed numerous times with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Saxophone Quartet and the Jackson Symphony. 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, the International Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, and the Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society.
Utley is also in demand as a guest artist, clinician and adjudicator throughout the country, having presented recent master classes and guest recitals at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Baylor University and Northwestern State (La.) University. An advocate of new music, he has premiered numerous works by noted composers including David Froom, L. Mark Lewis, Stephen Lias and William Price. Utley also performs in a variety of chamber music settings and is 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.