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Nicki Roman

Assistant Professor, Saxophone

Director, Jazz Ensemble


DMA, Saxophone Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
MM, Saxophone Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BM, Saxophone Performance, University of North Florida


Nicki Roman is the most recent first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition. She has been a prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition, and is the first saxophonist to be the recipient of the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Her research on the music of Bruno Mantovani has been presented at national and international conferences, including the most recent World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble, Illinois Wind Symphony, University of North Florida Orchestra, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Nicki is a member of the Fuego Quartet, an award-winning chamber group devoted to the performance of both standard and contemporary works written for the saxophone. Most recently, they were awarded the Gold Medal in the 44th annual Fischoff Competition and recorded their debut album under Parma Recordings. Other achievements have included first prize in the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, second prize in the 2017 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Competition, first prize in the 198th Army Band College Chamber Competition, winners of the Eastman Honors Chamber Competition and are the recipients of the Eastman School of Music’s John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. A strong advocate for female musicians, she is a member of the newly formed Limitless Collective, an artistic collective of female musicians of the highest caliber aimed at revolutionizing the dynamic between audience and creator. Highlighting the works of emerging composers, of women, people of color, non-binary, and LGBTQ friends, they have held residencies at Ithaca College and the International Double Reed Society’s National Convention. She has also collaborated with the Møthertung Ensemble, [Switch~ Ensemble], Ossia New Music and the Illinois Modern Ensemble.

Along with being a highly active solo and chamber musician, Nicki’s dedication to music education is at the forefront of her musical career. Nicki has held the coveted position of saxophone teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois, where she taught saxophone methods courses, coached chamber music and taught applied saxophone. She has also served on the faculty at the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute (ESSI), the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps (ISYM) and the Young Saxophonist’s Institute (YSI). Her students have gone on to win prestigious competitions and awards such as the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Competition, 198th Army Band Chamber Competition, Thomas J. Smith Scholarship Competition and the John Phillip Sousa Award. During past summers, she has served on staff at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Brevard Music Center. She previously taught applied saxophone at the Eastman Community Music School, where she maintained an active private studio based in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Roman is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, she received a certificate in college music teaching and a minor in instrumental pedagogy. In addition, she is a recipient of the prestigious Eastman Performer’s Certificate, Teaching Assistant Prize and is the former Assistant Director of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP). She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Florida. Her former teachers have included Chien-Kwan Lin, Debra Richtmeyer, Doug O'Connor, Vincent David, Joe Lulloff and Bunky Green.


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