Dr. Jamie L. Nix is director of wind ensemble activities, professor of music, and holds The Hal J. Gibson Distinguished Chair in Conducting at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. Nix, the first recipient of the Sam and Jacquie Rawls Distinguished Music Professorship, conducts the Schwob Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, heads the graduate wind band conducting program, and hosts the Annual Conductors Workshop. Previous posts include associate director of bands and the Donald R. Shepherd Assistant Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and assistant director of bands at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.
Under his direction since 2010, the nationally-acclaimed Schwob Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2018 and 2012 GMEA State Conferences, 2015 CBDNA National Conference, and the 2012 CBDNA Southern Division Conference. Nix has recently conducted concerts with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the famed Eastman Wind Ensemble, United States Army Field Band, CBDNA North-Central Intercollegiate Band, Alberta International Band Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference, International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the International Trombone Festival Conference. He has conducted the All-State Bands in Georgia, Texas, Virginia, Florida, with Missouri, Oregon, and Alabama upcoming in 2021 and 2022. Nix has led performances at the Music For All Summer Symposium and at numerous region and honor bands throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been a clinician for conducting symposiums at Michigan State, UMKC Conservatory, The University of Texas, and LSU. As an orchestral conductor, he has led performances with the CSU Philharmonic, was music director and conductor of the Advanced Young Musicians String Orchestra in Coral Gables, FL, and in 2008 participated in the two-week International Mahler/Brahms Conducting Festival in the Czech Republic with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and clinicians Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher.
Nix, elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2016, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Miami Frost School of Music (Gary Green), two Master of Music degrees, in trombone performance and conducting, from the University of Michigan (H. Robert Reynolds), and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Auburn University. Nix is a conductor or producer on the following CDs: Vital Signs (George Curran, New York Philharmonic), Wind Music (Atlanta Chamber Winds), Psychedelia (James Markey, Boston Symphony bass trombone), A Beautiful Noise (featuring trombonists Joseph Alessi, Charles Vernon, Paul Pollard, and others), Wolf Rounds, The Blue Album, Brooklyn Bridge, The Victors Valiant, and the newest, a Schwob Wind Ensemble CD entitled Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, released on the Summit Records label in 2017.