He began his musical study on piano at the age of seven and started playing professional saxophone gigs at the age of thirteen. Nathan has earned four degrees in music, including an M.A.T degree in Applied Music and Music Teaching from Lehman College; M.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music; B.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Afro-American Music from the University of Massachusetts; and B.M. degree in Classical Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts.
As Saxophonist…Nathan has performed and/or recorded with the Birdland Big Band, Broadway Theater League Orchestra, Billy Stritch, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Catherine Russell, Curtis Stigers, Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates), Debbie Gibson, Duprees, Frankie Valli, Funk Brothers, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Freddy Cole, Gracie Awards Orchestra, Jane Monheit, Jessica Vosk (Wicked), Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Martha Plimpton, Michael Feinstein, Molly Ringwald, Mo Rocca, Nicole Zuraitis, Nnenna Freelon, Temptations, Todrick Hall, Tom Wopat and John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Igoe Sextet, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and Will & Anthony Nunziata. He also played lead alto as part of the Buddy Rich Memorial Live Concert and DVD, featuring Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), John Blackwell (Prince), Neil Peart (Rush), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa), and Will Lee (Late Night With David Letterman). Notable performance venues include the Beacon Theater, Birdland Jazz Club, Broadway and Off-Broadway Theaters, 55 Bar, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Iridium Jazz Club, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smoke Jazz Club, Rainbow Room, Sony Hall, Swing 46 Jazz Club, Symphony Space, The Bottom Line, The Jazz Cruise, Town Hall, Vail Jazz Festival, Whitney Museum, and Zinc Bar NYC.
Nathan has been recognized by several national organizations such as Downbeat Magazine, Saxophone Journal, Hilton Head Jazz Society and the US State Department. His high-energy style can be heard as the lead alto saxophonist for the Birdland Big Band. As such, he has helped to shape a new sound in modern lead alto playing. Reviewer Dan Bilawsky in All About Jazz noted "the melodically brilliant Nathan Childers—who may be the best-kept-saxophone secret in New York."
His career has also included film and television appearances as an on-screen musician. These include Mildred Pierce (HBO), Sex And The City II, Steve Schirripa TV pilot for Fox Television, Daredevil, The Post, The Joker, and Wall Street II. He also worked behind the scenes on Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
He has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including The Best is Yet To Come, Come Fly Away, Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love, Kinky Boots, Memphis, and The Wedding Singer.
As Educator…Nathan has conducted clinics, workshops, and presentations at Amherst College, Eastman School of Music, Jazz Education Network, Ithaca College, Salem State University, Rutgers University, New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators, University of Massachusetts, and the US Scholastic Band Association. He served as the founding director of the Horizons Music Academy in New Canaan, Connecticut, instructor at the Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, and Department Chair of music at the Rockland Country Day School. He currently teaches in the Performing Arts division at Yorktown Schools.
As Composer…Nathan has been recognized by the BMI Composers Workshop, ASCAP, and the Amherst College department of music. He has enjoyed several commissions and is currently the music composer for the Visual Learning Company.
Nathan proudly endorses D'Addario Woodwinds and Yamaha instruments.