Nicole Gillotti is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From Fall 2017 to Spring 2019, she served as a trumpet studio teaching assistant to university faculty, teaching trumpet methods, coaching chamber ensembles, and performing with a graduate brass quintet. Nicole is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, where she discovered her passion for music during high school. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a double instrumental concentration in violin and trumpet. While at IUP, Nicole participated in wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, the marching band known as “The Legend,”  symphony orchestra, and was featured on numerous ensemble CD recordings. She continued her education to receive a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Illinois State University, serving as the trumpet studio graduate assistant, and performing in the faculty brass quintet, symphony orchestra, and wind symphony. Throughout her education, Nicole has participated in the National Trumpet Competition as a semi-finalist in both undergraduate and graduate solo divisions. During her doctoral studies, she has maintained an active freelancing schedule in Central Illinois, regularly performing with the symphony orchestra, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and presenting three solo recitals. Nicole has also performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Millikin-Decatur Symphony, Urbana Pops, the Illinois Consortium Brass Quintet, and Transit Brass Octet. Her primary teachers are Ronald Romm, Charles Daval, Tito Carillo, Amy Gilreath, and Kevin Eisensmith.


Courses: trumpet, brass ensemble, brass methods