Get to know Nick
Nicholas Psihountas currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Tuba, Euphonium, and Trombone at Methodist University. Having graduated the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in 2018 with a Professional Artist Certificate, he remains actively involved with his Alma Mater. Before moving to North Carolina, Nicholas received his Master’s of Music at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) while studying with Matthew Gaunt, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at Columbus State University with Andrew Miller of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
While attending Columbus State University, Nicholas not only played tuba, but also performed on bass trombone in Bradley Palmer’s internationally renowned CSU Trombone Choir. In Nicholas’s third year at Columbus State, he was a finalist for the Southeast Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference Competition in the Mock Military Round. In 2015, Nicholas was the winner of UWM’s Spring Concerto Competition where he performed Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat major, Opus 11 with the University. He was also a finalist in the UNCSA concerto competition in 2018.
Nicholas currently freelances as a teacher, musician, and audio engineer throughout the greater Triad Area in North Carolina. After graduating in 2018, Nicholas remained as a Co-Instructor for the Tuba & Euphonium studio where he both taught and performed regularly alongside Dr. Mark Norman for two years. As a musician, he has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Union Symphony Orchestra, The American Music Ensemble, Giannini Brass, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Wind Symphony, and North Carolina Brass Band. He actively subs with the Winston-Salem Symphony Brass Quintet in their effort to spread music to public schools across North Carolina. Nicholas serves as a current member for The American Music Ensemble, a ten-piece ensemble dedicated to performing music by Great American composers of the 19th and 20th Century. While he no longer actively plays with the group, he was a member of UNCSA’s Chrysalis Brass Quintet program for 3 ½ years, even after graduating.
Since moving to Winston-Salem in 2017, Nicholas has immersed himself as a low brass instructor in several programs including The Salvation Army – Washington Park Corps, North Carolina Youth Brass Band, Charlotte Music School, Upbeat Music Company, Community Music School of UNC School of the Arts, and several public schools in the area. He has extensive performance experience on trombone, euphonium, and tuba in both big ensembles and chamber settings. He has also shared the stage with renown musicians like Carol Jantsch, Joseph Alessi, and even Andrea Bocelli.