Nicole Gray is pursuing a BM in Music Education and a BMAJ in Spanish
Language at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Specializing in
trumpet, she has performed in most of the university’s large ensembles
including Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and UW- Jazz Orchestra.
Outside of the university’s ensembles, she has performed in chamber groups,
brass quintets, has performed as principal trumpet for the Edgewood Chamber
Orchestra, and frequently gigs in the Madison area.
Nicole comes from a classical music background beginning her music
education on violin, then guitar, until she found trumpet as her primary
instrument. Staying within the brass family, she picked up euphonium as a
secondary instrument. After her instruction in the UW’s Music Education
program, Nicole is now certified to teach all band and orchestral instruments.
Nicole currently teaches private brass and woodwind lessons for Maestro
Makers, Monroe Street Fine Arts Center, Community Music Lessons, and
Nicole has worked with brass instructors in the area including Craig Mason,
Paul Miller, John Aley, and currently studies under the instruction of Alex
Noppe, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at UW – Madison.
Nicole has a rigorous marching band background from her time with the
competitive summer marching band Shadow Armada. Her final year she was
the featured soloist of the production, “Variations on Nothing”.