Associate Professor of Music
Director of Instrumental Studies
Director of Bands
Director: Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble
Studio: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Hayworth Fine Arts 108
Dr. Brian Meixner is an active euphonium soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator, currently Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at High Point University. His duties at HPU include conducting the HPU Community Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and teaching chamber music and studio low brass. Dr. Meixner is also the Founder, Executive Director and Conductor of the North Carolina Brass Band, a professional ensemble comprised of many of the finest brass players and percussionists in North Carolina. He also serves as principal euphonium of the Piedmont Wind Symphony, a professional wind symphony based in Winston-Salem, NC.
Dr. Meixner has a national reputation as both a conductor and performer with several professional and university ensembles, and has been a featured euphonium soloist and chamber musician at many national and international music conferences and festivals. In addition, Dr. Meixner has numerous recordings to his credit, including roles as conductor, soloist, and chamber musician.
Dr. Meixner’s career as a euphonium soloist and chamber musician is highlighted by his album, “Praxis” – music for euphonium and percussion, released on the Potenza Music label. This album includes works for euphonium with percussion ensemble and euphonium/percussion duo. Music on the recording includes the compositions and percussion virtuosity of Dr. Nathan Daughtrey.
Dr. Meixner has held the position of Assistant Conductor of the River City Brass, where he played euphonium full time for six years. Dr. Meixner has been featured with the RCB on several performances, both as a euphoniumist and conductor. In addition to his duties with the RCB, Dr. Meixner played euphonium and trombone for several years with the River Bottom Quartet, a diverse low brass chamber group composed of River City Brass members. Other chamber ensemble activity includes playing euphonium in Tubas In The Sun, a quartet of tuba and euphonium talent in central North Carolina. Dr. Meixner has previously served on the faculties of UNC-Greensboro, Slippery Rock University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University. He also served as the Euphonium Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he completed a DMA in Euphonium Performance.
Dr. Meixner has been active promoting and commissioning new music for the euphonium, including several pieces for euphonium and percussion on his album “Praxis”. Other commissions include the 2010 composition for euphonium and wind ensemble, “Cri de Coeur”, by renowned American composer Libby Larsen.
In addition to “Praxis”, Dr. Meixner can also be heard on numerous other recordings, including his previously released solo album, “Genesis”, and on the River Bottom Quartet’s album, “In Too Deep”, both of which received glowing reviews.
Dr. Meixner’s education includes a DMA and MM in Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas, where he served as Dr. Brian Bowman’s graduate teaching assistant. Also a BM in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Business degree in Organizational Management from Western Illinois University.
Brian Meixner is a Willson Performing Artist.