Originally from Brazil, Dr. Nairam Simoes enjoys a multifaceted international career as a performer, music educator, and clinician with a wealth of knowledge particularly in chamber music and Brazilian music. Dr. Simoes joined the faculty at Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music in the fall of 2019. As the Instructor of Trumpet, he teaches applied lessons, studio classes, chamber music and high brass methods. In addition to his teaching duties, he also performs with Lamar University’s Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at Lamar, Dr. Simoes served as Lecturer of Trumpet at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
As an active performer, Dr. Simoes has played with many of the Midwest’s finest ensembles including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Queen City Opera, among others. As a chamber musician he has played with Canterbury Brass, Infinity Brass Quintet (with members of Empire Brass), Wright State Faculty Brass Quintet, Brazilian Trumpet Ensemble, and many others.
A passionate educator and clinician, Dr. Simoes has given recitals and masterclasses at numerous institutions worldwide and recently presented clinics at the University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University and University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. He was also Trumpet Faculty for the 2016 Campina Grande International Music Festival in Paraíba, Brazil. His students have competed and successfully advanced to the National Trumpet Competition Semi-Finals, in both ensemble and solo divisions.
Nairam served asDirector and Co-Founder of both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Brazilian Ubirani International Trumpet Festival, a weeklong trumpet festival offering a rich immersionin master classes, seminars, large and small ensembles experiences, instrument exhibits, participant recitals, and free concerts featuring renowned guest artists such as former principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Schlueter and Alan Siebert, Trumpet Professor at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
As a researcher, Nairam conducted international research for the Brass Quintet Repertoire Project, which received recognition from former and current members of the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Center City Brass Quintet, American Brass Quintet, New York Brass Quintet and Annapolis Brass Quintet. The results of his research can be can be found at www.brassquintetrep.com
Dr. Nairam Simoes holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis, where he graudated Summa Cum Laude. His primary teachers included Alan Siebert, Phil Collins, Kyle Millsap, Charles Schlueter, Eric Berlin, David Spencer, Ayrton Benck, Marie Speziale and Jim Pandolfi. Dr.