Nadje Noordhuis

Precollege Faculty:
Jazz Trumpet
College Faculty:
Jazz Trumpet

With a trumpet sound possessing a “beyond-category beauty” (Dan Bilawksy, All About Jazz), Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis’ deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.

Noordhuis was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist in 2010. Based in New York City since 2003, she is a member of the multiple GRAMMY-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and GRAMMY-nominated ensembles Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and Anat Cohen Tentet.

Noordhuis has four albums of original compositions on her record label, Little Mystery Records. Her eponymous debut jazz quintet album featuring GRAMMY nominees Sara Caswell and Geoffrey Keezer was released to critical acclaim in 2012. Her 2015 contemplative duo album of miniatures with pianist Luke Howard, Ten Sails, has garnered much international attention with over eight million streams on Spotify. Her duo album with vibraphonist/synthesist James Shipp, Indigo, was premiered at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in Australia in 2017. Her latest release, Gullfoss, was recorded live in Switzerland in 2019 for a vinyl-only box set on Newvelle Records. Re-released digitally on Little Mystery Records, this record has garnered multiple five star reviews, and was listed as one of the best albums of 2021 by Jazz Times magazine.

Noordhuis has been a sought-after educator for over twenty years, honing her skills in teaching individualized lessons based on pedagogy of her mentor, Laurie Frink. As well as jazz trumpet instruction, she specializes in problem solving brass technique issues, using a combination of airflow exercises and personalized brass calisthenics. She has served on faculty at Sydney Conservatorium and now teaches at Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music Precollege as well as maintaining a busy private studio. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), and administrates the Laurie Frink Career Grant and the Laurie Frink Brass Summit. Noordhuis is currently undertaking her PhD, researching the pedagogies of esteemed brass teachers Carmine Caruso, Laurie Frink, and Dennis Schneider.

Noordhuis plays a Schagerl Penelope model trumpet.