After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Alberta, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to undertake graduate studies at the University of Victoria. Unable to escape the lure of the West Coast, Nick returned to B.C. in 2013 to continue his studies at the University of British Columbia, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Currently, Nick is on faculty at the University of Lethbridge teaching the low brass studio, and serves as Executive Director of the Lethbridge Symphony.
Nick has a passion for brass chamber music, and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra. He is a founding member of Aeris Brass (formerly the U of L Faculty Brass Quintet), as well as the Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC).
As a soloist, Nick enjoys searching for new music for the bass trombone and has a keen interest in vocal works transcribed for low brass, in addition to performing from the standard repertoire of low brass literature. He has been featured as a soloist with both the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra and the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. Active as an orchestral musician, Nick has worked with orchestras across Canada and presently performs with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Away from his trombone, Nick is an avid runner and can also be found working away in his garden or tending to his collection of Bonsai trees. Years of counting rests in the trombone section have given him a reserve of patience required to care for his miniature trees!