Douglas Nunes


Photos by Matt Dine


Winner, 2022 Jacobs School of Music Brass Concerto Competition


Wheaton Municipal Band, Wheaton, IL, 2016–19; Aspen Music Festival, 2023

Was there a teacher who was particularly impactful/helpful? What made this instructor stand out?

Dale Clevenger was the most impactful teacher I have ever had the pleasure of studying with. Mr. Clevenger showed me the importance of details, musical intent, and vulnerability that is required for our career. Above all else, however, he showed such an intense passion and love for music, as well as his students, that he inspired me to invite listeners into this awesome world we create as artists.

What made you decide to become a musician? Was there a particular performance or person that influenced your decision?

I enjoyed playing the horn so much that I could not see myself doing any other career!

Both my middle school and high school band directors heavily influenced my decision to become a musician. My middle school director, David Allie, showed me that playing a musical
instrument could be fun and rewarding. My high school band director, Greg Bimm, took it one step further and taught me how music has the power to touch listeners and bring joy to a world that desperately needs it.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I was forwarded the program information by one of my horn teachers, Richard Seraphinoff, and I thought it would be a promising next step in my professional journey.

How would you like to see orchestra concerts evolve in the future?

I would love to see orchestras continue to diversify their repertoire to include under-represented and lesser-known composers who have just as much to offer as their familiar counterparts.

What is the most memorable performance you ever had?

My first solo performance in front of an orchestra! I had the opportunity to perform Othmar Schoeck’s Horn Concerto alongside the Jacobs School of Music Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins.

Can you share any memorable onstage mishaps?

As many of my colleagues know, musicians commend each others’ playing during performances with a subtle kick to show their support. Right after my solo in the second movement of Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony, the third horn emphatically kicked their leg out, knocking over their big, metal water bottle, which rang through the silence!

Do you have a favorite non-classical musician or band?

Mac Miller

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Marine biology/oceanography

What advice would you give your younger self or anyone starting out?

Always be nice to your colleagues; you will almost always see them again in the future. And enjoy the journey!