Natalie Mannix

Trombonist and Educator

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Natalie Mannix is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral trombonist and educator. She is currently Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas and trombonist with the Stiletto Brass Quintet and Lantana Trio. Previously, she was a professor at Towson University, Principal Trombone of the Delaware Symphony for 14 years, and a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over nine years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band.  

She has appeared as guest artist and clinician at colleges and conferences throughout North America, including the 2018, 2016 and 2013 International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Natalie has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera and Kennedy Center Orchestras, the Washington Trombone Ensemble, Monarch Brass, and several regional orchestras and brass ensembles. A new music advocate, she has commissioned several works for trombone and continues to perform and promote music by emerging composers.

Her recent recordings include a solo album, Breaking Ground: A Celebration of Women Composers and chamber music CDs: Scarpe!  with the Stiletto Brass, If All Were Dark with Dave Taylor and the Washington Trombone Ensemble, Mozart's Requiem with the Dallas Chamber Choir, the Grammy-nominated Interchange: Concertos by Rodrigo and Assad with the Delaware Symphony and the LA Guitar Quartet, and Shadowcatcher: Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion. 

As Euphonium soloist, Natalie won first place in the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition and toured Europe as soloist with the Blue Lake International Band. She was also solo Euphonium for the Imperial Brass Band in New Jersey and a finalist in the International Tuba Euphonium Conference solo competition.

An avid brass pedagogue, Natalie has  adjudicated international and regional solo and ensemble competitions. She serves on the Executive Board and as chair of the Advisory Council on Diversity for the International Trombone Association and on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Brass Conference.

Natalie received her degrees from the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University. She is a performing artist for Edwards Instrument Company. 

​​See Pedagogy for new pedagogy resources and a catalog of compositions for trombone by women composers.

In 2020, Natalie started a regular column for the ITA Journal called Perspectives in Longevity. Each article will feature an interview of an esteemed trombone veteran discussing issues related to aging and how it affects trombone players. 

The culmination of eight years of research, Natalie's article in the October 2019 ITA Journal is a bibliography resource of trombone solo literature written by women composers. ITA members can read it here:

​​Natalie was recently a featured guest artist at the International Trombone Festival held at the University of Iowa in July 2018. 

She presented a solo recital of contemporary compositions for trombone solo and chamber music, performed a solo with the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble and participated in Ava Ordman's recital featuring female composers.

Natalie premiered the wind band version of Dorothy Gates's Servant of Peace with the U.S. Army

Band at the American

Trombone Workshop in

March 2018.

See Media tab to watch. 

​​Solo CD Release! Breaking Ground: A Celebration of Women Composers. See Media for more information.

See David Brubeck's August 2017 interview with Natalie on his webpage

Natalie's article on the UNT Brass Studios appeared in the August edition of the Brass Herald Magazine. 

Natalie performed a joint solo recital with Ava Ordman, Professor of Trombone at Michigan State University, the University of North Texas and at the 2017 International Women's Brass Conference at Rowan University. Both trombonists performed works from their new CDs featuring women composers. Natalie also performed with the Monarch Brass, the conference's premier brass ensemble.

The Monarch Brass trombonists

appeared on the cover of the

International Trombone Association

Journal after performing at the

International Trombone Festival in 2016

in New York City. 

Natalie wrote an article on the

Monarch Brass Trombone section

for the Brass Herald Magazine

Natalie was interviewed by composer, Lauren Bernofsky, for the Brass Herald Magazine. The two-page article featured photos, questions about Natalie's career, and information on the commissioning and recording process for her upcoming solo

CD, Breaking Ground: A Celebration of Women Composers.

Natalie will be playing a recital at the International Trombone Festival on June 9th at 2 pm. The festival will be held at The Juilliard School in New York City. The conference will also feature a concert by the Monarch Brass on Wednesday night and a panel discussion involving the women trombonists of Monarch Brass. Click here for more information.


Natalie was featured on the cover of the summer 2015 International Trombone Association Journal as well as an article on women trombonists in the U.S.