» Dr. Christopher J. Nicholas
Assistant Professor, Director, Bands, Woodwinds and Brass Studies

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Christopher J. Nicholas
Director of Bands, Director of Woodwind and Brass Studies
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 206
Phone:
(714) 744-2107
Email:
Education
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science
University of Iowa, Master of Arts
University of Iowa, Doctor of Musical Arts
Biography

Dr. Christopher Nicholas is the Director of Bands and Director of Woodwind and Brass Studies at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University. Prior to his appointment at the Chapman Conservatory, Dr. Nicholas served as the Director of Bands at Colorado State University, as well as on the music faculties of the University of Wyoming, Grinnell College, and Kirkwood College. Dr. Nicholas received degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BME) and the University of Iowa (MA, DMA).

An award-winning teacher and performer, Dr. Nicholas was selected by the UW Mortar Board for the distinction of “Top Prof” for exceptional contributions to the University of and service to the students. In addition, Dr. Nicholas has received the UW College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Award, the University of Illinois Divisional Achievement Award in Music Education, and was the first band conductor to receive the prestigious Iowa Doctoral Performance Fellowship.

A versatile conductor and trombonist, Dr. Nicholas has performed throughout America, Europe, Canada, Taiwan, China, and Central America. Dr. Nicholas has served as an invited guest conductor of the Liatoshinsky Chamber Orchestra in Kiev, Ukraine, the Symphonic Band of the Societe Musicale D'Alaquas in Valencia, Spain, and was recently named principal guest conductor of the Municipal Youth Band of Guatemala City under the auspices of the Sistema de Coros, Bandas, Y Orquesteas of Gautemala. He also currently performs with and serves on the teaching faculty of the Opera Maya summer opera festival, based in Tulum, Mexico. 

Dr. Nicholas is active as a clinician and adjudicator in the United States and abroad, and his articles have appeared in the National Band Association Journal, School Band and Orchestra Journal, Wyoming Music Educators Journal, the Journal of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, and the Bands of America Summer Symposium handbook. In addition, Dr. Nicholas will serve as a contributing author in the upcoming GIA publication "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band," Vol. 10. Professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands, the National Band Association, and honorary memberships in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Beta Sigma.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Christopher Nicholas, National Consortium Administrator and Chief Commissioner of "Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble" by composer James David (2013).
Christopher J. Nicholas and James M. David, “Demystifying the Commissioning Process: How Advocating For New Music Can Grow Your Instrumental Program,” School Band and Orchestra Journal (SBO), April 2013 (national publication).
Colorado State University Wind Ensemble, Christopher J. Nicholas, Conductor, Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet Soloist, "Music for Clarinet" (working title), Compact Disc release on Potenza Music, in production
Off campus (international), Principal Trombonist and Brass Ensemble conductor, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexcicana” Program, Tulum, Mexico, invited
Off campus (international), Principal Trombonist and Brass Ensemble conductor, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Tulum, Mexico, invited
Off campus (international), Principal Trombonist and Brass Ensemble conductor, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexcicana” Program, Cancun, Mexico
Off campus (international), Principal Trombonist and Brass Ensemble conductor, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Cancun, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest conductor, Symphonic Band of the Societe Musicale D’Alaquas, Valencia, Spain, invited
Off campus (international), Principal Guest Conductor, Sistema de Orquestas, Coros y Bandas de Guatemala, Banda Symphonica in concert, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexcicana” Program, Tulum, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Tulum, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexcicana” Program, Chetumal, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Chetumal, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexcicana” Program, Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexcicana” Program, Cancun, Mexico
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Cancun, Mexico
Off campus (national), rehearsal clinic guest conductor, Northern State University Wind Ensemble, Aberdeen, SD, March, 2012
Christopher Nicholas, National Consortium Administrator and Chief Commissioner of Sinfonietta No. 3: Strange and Mysterious Waters, by composer James David (2011)
Banda Municipal de Guatemela City y The Orquestra de Vientos San Raymundo de Pinafort, Christopher J, Nicholas, Conductor, (November, 2010), Guatemala City, Guatemala (Latin American Premiere)
Off campus (state), guest conductor, Greeley Public Schools All-County Honor Band Festival, Greeley, CO
Off campus (state), guest conductor, Patriot League Honor Band Festival, Greeley, CO
Off campus (international), guest conductor, Sistema de Orquestas, Coros y Bandas de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala,
Off campus (international), guest conductor, the Liatoshinsky Ensemble of Classical Music, Kiev, Urkaine, in conjunction with the International Conductors Festival