- D.M.A., University of Illinois, 2016
- M.M., Butler University, 1997
- B.M., Andrews University, 1977
Oliver Nelson is adjunct lecturer in music in general studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, Master of Music in Classical Performance degree, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance degree.
Nelson studied with the late David Baker, distinguished professor of jazz studies at the Jacobs School; Jonathan Keeble, flute professor at the University of Illinois; and Karen Moratz, principal flutist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has recorded with Bela Fleck, Benny Golson, James Williams, Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, and Grady Tate for a tribute CD dedicated to his father, the late composer, arranger, and saxophonist Oliver Nelson Sr.
Nelson has conducted jazz improvisation workshops at conferences, higher education institutions, and school corporations nationwide, and is an active performer and teacher.