» 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
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 and Grinnell 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. In 2010, Dr. Nicholas was awarded the cultural designation of “Elite of the State” by the office of the President of Ukraine for "promotion and enhancement of international relations in the sphere of culture and popularization of classical chamber music."

A versatile conductor and trombonist, Dr. Nicholas has performed throughout America, Europe, Canada, Taiwan, China, and Central America, with performances as a conductor on concert tours of american youth ensembles throughout England, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland;  as a featured trombone soloist in concert tours of Taiwan and Hong Kong (under the auspices of the Friendship Ambassadors and the United Nations Youth Band); as a guest trombonist in concert tours of Poland and the Czech Republic, and as a guest conductor in Ukraine, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, and upcoming in Costa Rica (December 2015). 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, and will serve as one of the principal conductors for the festival during the 2017 season.

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 recently served as a contributing author in the GIA publication "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band," Vol. 10, and his book entitled “Paul Lavalle: Conductor, Composer, Visionary” will be published this year by Lambert Academic Publishing, based in Saarbrucken, Germany. 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
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala De Opera” Program, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, July 2015, invited
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Opening Gala Concert” Program, Tulum, Mexico, June 2015, invited
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University Wind Symphony, spring semester concert, April 2015
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University instrumental chamber ensembles, spring semester chamber concert, May 2015
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala De Opera” Program, Chichen Itza, Mexico, July 2015, invited
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala De Opera” Program, Cancun, Mexico, July 2015, invited
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and conducting faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala De Opera” Program, Tulum, Mexico, July 2015, invited
Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Opera Maya Festival, “Musica Mexicana” Program, Merida, Mexico, July 2015, invited
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University Wind Symphony, spring semester concert, April 2014
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University instrumental chamber ensembles, fall semester chamber music concert, December 2014
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University Wind Symphony, fall semester concert, November 2014
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University instrumental chamber ensembles, spring semester chamber music concert, May 2014
2014 Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble Eastern European Concert Tour Concert #4, Berlin, Germany, August 2014, invited
2014 Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble Eastern European Concert Tour Concert #3, Prague, Czech Republic, August 2014, invited
2014 Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble Eastern European Concert Tour Concert #2, Krakow, Poland, August 2014, invited
2014 Off campus (international), guest trombonist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble, Eastern European Concert Tour Concert #1, Warsaw, Poland, August 2014, invited
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
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University Wind Symphony, fall semester concert, November 2013
On campus, conductor and music director, Chapman University instrumental chamber ensembles, spring semester chamber music concert, May 2013
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