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. Currently he holds the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University. 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.
As an active performer, he has played with the Arkansas Symphony, 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 other ensembles.
Dr. Simoes has presented masterclasses across the United States and in South America including the University of North Texas, Colorado State University, Utah University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Duquesne University, University of New Mexico, University of Campinas in São Paulo and many other institutions. He was a featured artist for the 2022 and 2021 International Trumpet Guild Conferences, faculty for the 2022 University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute, 2019 Brazilian Trumpet Conference, 35th Winter International Music Festival of Santa Maria, the 2021 and 2016 Campina Grande International Music Festival in Paraíba (Brazil), and presented a recital at the 2021 International Horn Symposium. He has adjudicated for TMEA, KMEA and WTSBOA. He has also chaired the Youth Division Competition for the 2022 ITG and the High School Division for the 2022 and 2021 editions of the National Trumpet Competition.
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 an endorsing artist for Torpedo Bags and Monster Oil. He is a recording artist for Fundamental Sounds.