Dr. Joseph Nibley

Dr. Joseph Nibley
Assistant Professor of Music

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Brass and Brass Ensembles
  • Orchestration
  • New Music and Collaborative Projects
  • Neurodiversity Awareness and Education


  • D.M. Doctor of Music in Performance, The Florida State University, 2015
  • M.M. Master of Music in Performance, The University of Michigan, 2012
  • M.M. Master of Music in Chamber Music, The University of Michigan, 2012
  • B.M. Bachelor of Music in Performance, Brigham Young University, 2010


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About Dr. Joseph Nibley

At an early age, Dr. Joe Nibley, originally from Provo, Utah, discovered his deep passion for music, recognizing its profound ability to connect individuals beyond words. Currently a member of the Fort Lewis College Music Faculty, he serves as a mentor, guiding students in their personal and professional growth and helping them find their path to success. Dr. Nibley is actively engaged in the field of music education, sharing his expertise through enlightening presentations, clinics, educational recitals, and workshops worldwide.

In addition to his dedication to teaching, Dr. Nibley's musical prowess has taken him across the United States and beyond. He has held notable positions in esteemed ensembles such as the prize-winning San Antonio Brass Band (Solo Flugelhorn), Albany Symphony of Georgia (Principal Trumpet), Sinfonia Gulf Coast (Associate Principal Trumpet), Tallahassee Symphony (Pops Principal/3rd Trumpet), and Ann Arbor Symphony (Assistant Principal/Utility Trumpet), among others. As a soloist, he has made a mark in the competitive realm, achieving the remarkable feat of being a five-time semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition, with the distinction of being named one of four finalists in 2013. A testament to his extraordinary talent, in 2014, he mesmerized audiences with his unforgettable performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 alongside the Albany Symphony.
In a pivotal collaboration in 2014, Dr. Nibley commissioned and premiered James M. Stephenson's Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Piano. This piece's emotional depth and technical complexity led Stephenson to acknowledge in 2022 that it may be one of the most challenging trumpet compositions he has created to date.

Playing as a valued member of the prestigious San Juan Symphony is a pinnacle experience for Dr. Nibley, as it exemplifies his commitment to the collective artistry that transcends individual contributions. Each musical opportunity he embraces reflects his unwavering dedication to collaboration and the pursuit of musical excellence. Aligning in this pursuit with the San Juan Symphony also allows him to share music and engage with the Four Corners community.
Dr. Nibley's academic journey includes earning degrees from Brigham Young University (B.M., Performance), The University of Michigan (M.M., Performance; M.M., Chamber Music), and Florida State University (D.M., Performance). His most recent research and collaborations have also led to several presentations, including for The International Trumpet Guild. These achievements reflect his commitment to honing his craft and constantly expanding his knowledge and expertise.

With his exceptional musical talent, profound dedication to education, and unwavering pursuit of artistic excellence, Dr. Joe Nibley inspires students, audiences, and fellow musicians alike, leaving an indelible impact on the world of brass performance and music education.