Jonathan Nichol

Distinguished Performer and Educator

Saxophonist Jonathan Nichol is the Interim Director and Professor of Saxophone at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2010) and a Master of Music degree (2007) from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University (2005). Nichol’s primary teachers have been John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, Rob Smith, Diego Rivera, and Rodney Whitaker.

Jonathan Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Performing Artist.

As an active jazz musician, Jonathan Nichol has performed with Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, and The Four Tops. He leads his own jazz group, the Nichol Quartet and is a member of Boyd Street Brass.

Nichol is a member of the acclaimed h2 quartet, recipients of the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the First Prize Award at the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition. The h2 quartet’s CD Generations (BGR 185) was released in August 2008 on the Blue Griffin Recordings label. h2’s second CD, Times and Spaces (BGR 211) and the Blue Griffin Label received a 2010 Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. In March 2012, h2 quartet released its third album, Groove Machine (BG 245). h2's fourth album, Hard Line, will be released in December 2014.

Jonathan Nichol was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artist Guild Competition and a finalist in the 2012 Concert Artist Guild Competition with h2 quartet.

Nichol is also a sought after orchestral saxophonist and has performed solos with the Grand Rapids Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Flint Symphony.

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