Nicholas Councilor, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Clarinet, Music

Nicholas Councilor, D.M.A.


Dr. Nicholas Councilor is Assistant Professor of Practice at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he teaches applied clarinet, woodwind methods, and directs the clarinet choir. He previously held teaching positions at Texas A&M University—Kingsville and The University of Texas at Austin. He also maintains a large private studio in Austin and San Antonio, where his students frequently make the TMEA All-State ensembles and earn top accolades in solo competitions. As a clinician for the D’Addario Woodwind Method Program, Dr. Councilor has taught nearly 100 clinics to students of all ages throughout Central Texas.

Dr. Councilor is a versatile freelance musician with an active schedule of solo, orchestral, and chamber music performances. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Austin Symphonic Band, the Waterloo Wind Band, the EMU Wind Symphony, and performed John Corigliano’s Concerto with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble in a premiere performance of a new wind band transcription by Craig B. Davis. Nicholas is a member of the San Antonio Philharmonic , the Central Texas Philharmonic, and the Mid-Texas Symphony, and performs regularly with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras across the state. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinetist with the San Antonio Symphony and the Dallas Winds. He can be heard as principal clarinetist in the UT Wind Ensemble recording Wine Dark Sea. As an avid chamber musician, Dr. Councilor has earned the silver medal at the prestigious Fischoff Competition and is a prizewinner of the Coleman and Plowman chamber music competitions, as well as the American Prize. He is also a skilled woodwind doubler and has performed for dozens of musical theater productions.

Dr. Councilor earned his Doctoral of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Michigan University. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys daily walks in the park, game nights with friends, and spending time in the water during the summer.



  • Applied Instruction, Clarinet
  • Woodwind Methods
  • Clarinet Choir


  • B.M.E, Eastern Michigan University (2011)
  • M.M., The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
  • D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin (2015)

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