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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 and Brazilian music. He is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University, Department of Music. Prior to his appointment at A-State, he served as trumpet faculty at Lamar University and Texas A&M-Kingsville. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the editor of the Orchestra

Section Profile column for the International Trumpet Guild

Journal, editorial council for the Brazilian Brass Music

and Brazilian Trombone Association.

Dr. Simoes is on the board of directors of the Brazilian

Trumpet Guild, an ITG affiliate chapter. 

As an active performer, he has played with the Symphony of

Southeast Texas, Dayton Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic,

Springfield Symphony, Kentucky Symphony among others. He has been

a featured soloist with the Lamar University Symphonic Band, the Joao

Pessoa City Band, and in multiple occasions with the Symphony of

Paraiba and Youth Symphony of Paraiba. 

Dr. Simoes has presented masterclasses all across the United States and in South America including the University of North Texas, Colorado State University, Utah University, Texas A&M Commerce, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of New Mexico, Harding University, University of Campinas in São Paulo (Brazil), University of Southern Mississippi and many others. He was a featured artist for the 2022 and 2021 International Trumpet Guild Conferences, faculty for the 2019 Brazilian Trumpet Conference, 35th Winter International Music Festival of Santa Maria, the 2021 and 2016 Campina Grande International Music Festivals in Paraíba (Brazil), and presented a recital with ConcerTrio (chamber music) at the 2021 International Horn Symposium. He has also adjudicated for the National Trumpet Competition, TMEA and KMEA.


Through his career, he has commissioned and premiered several new works for trumpet. In the summer of 2021, he plans on recording an album that will be showcasing works for an unusual chamber music formation: trumpet, French horn and piano. This album will feature brand new commissions from acclaimed Brazilian composers and will be released by Fundamental Sounds. He has also commissioned pieces by many American composers, such as Eric Ewazen. 


Dr. 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. His primary teachers included Alan Siebert, Phil Collins, Eric Berlin, David Spencer, Kyle Millsap, Scott Moore, Marie Speziale, Jim Pandolfi, and Charles Schlueter. 


Dr. Nairam Simoes is an artist and plays exclusively on S.E. Shires Trumpets. He is also and endorsing artist for Torpedo Bags and Monster Oil.