A native of Alpharetta, Georgia, Nick Collins is an active educator and performer in both the Chicagoland and Atlanta areas. He is currently co-principal tuba of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a tubist, he has performed with notable groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Brass Band, the Proscenium Brass Quintet and more.
Collins moved to Chicago to pursue his master’s degree at Northwestern University, where he held a graduate assistantship and graduated in spring 2023. Before his current work in Chicago, he completed his undergraduate studies in 2021 at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. In addition to his studies, he was a finalist in mock audition competitions, chamber music competitions and has performed at conferences held by the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
As an educator, Collins is regularly invited to work with low-brass students at some of the premier high school and middle school band programs in the Atlanta and Chicagoland areas. He is also the co-founder and co- director of the Atlanta Low Brass Academy, a 501(c)3 non- profit organization committed to providing world-class music education for low-brass musicians in the Atlanta area.
His pedagogical teachings are sought after due to their focus on the unique individual and the natural learning process. Much of his pedagogical ideologies are influenced by his primary teachers, including Gene Pokorny, Dr. Paul Dickinson, Matthew Gaunt and Jason Casanova.