Kent Nelson was appointed Music Director of the Davis County Symphony in 2014. Dr. Nelson’s experience includes being past Director of the Granite Junior Youth Symphony, an ensemble he had been a conductor for over 25 years. Before retiring (2017) as a school instrumental music teacher at Olympus Junior High School, he conducted the concert bands, string orchestras, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and the guitar ensemble. As instructor of these ensembles, Dr. Nelson conducted “Concerto Night” with over 25 different members of the Utah Symphony Orchestra as guest soloists.  In his vast experience as a professional musician, Dr. Nelson has performed in musicals, circuses, ice shows, rodeos, jazz bands, Latin bands, chamber groups, concert bands, and orchestras. He has performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, served as principal trombone for Ballet West for over 20 seasons, and was principal trombone for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria for seven summers. Since retiring from teaching, Dr. Nelson has donated time assisting school music programs

Dr. Nelson received his Doctorate from Boston University (Music Education, 2014), Master’s from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (Trombone Performance, 1978), and Bachelor’s from University of Utah (Music Education, 1976). He has been published in the national music education journal Update that can be accessed at

Dr. Nelson makes his home in North Salt Lake City with his wife, Denise, who is also a trombonist and a former soloist with the Davis County Symphony (David’s Trombone Concerto performed 2013). In his spare time, Dr. Nelson enjoys travelling, gardening, and playing golf and tennis.