Faculty, Interlochen Horn Institute
Horn, National Symphony Orchestra
B. M., Horn Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
James Nickel joined the National Symphony Orchestra as Third horn in 2008. He has also held the positions of Assistant Principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchest, and Associate Principal horn with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as the Principal hornist with the Arizona Musicfest, and has performed as guest Principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
James enjoyed staying active as a chamber musician with the Smithsonian Chamber players, the Eclipse Chamber orchestra, and the 21st Century Consort.
In addition to his performance schedule, James is Professor of Horn at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.