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

College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Christopher 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, partners of 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 Costa Rica.

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” was published in April 2016 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
Nicholas, Christopher J. “Mont Fuji.” Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. 11th edition. Ed. Richard D. Miles. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017. In press. Print.
Off campus (international: Greece), invited clinician, International Conference on Greek Wind Ensembles and Concert Bands, “The Neuroscience of Conducting: How Physical, Musical, and Emotional Processes Affect Health and Longevity in Conductors,” Kalavryta, Greece, July 19, 2017
Off campus (international: Greece), invited clinician, International Conference on Greek Wind Ensembles and Concert Bands, “Advanced Topics for Improved Intonation in Ensemble Performance,” Kalavryta, Greece, July 18, 2017
Off campus (international: England), research poster session, 2017 International Conference on Musical Cultures, “The Neuroscience of Conducting: How Physical, Musical, and Emotional Processes Affect Health and Longevity in Conductors,” Society for Education, Music, and Psychology Research (SEMPRE). University of Hull, Hull, England, April 5, 2017
Off campus (international: Guatemala), invited clinician, “Advanced Topics for Improved Intonation in Ensemble Performance,” Summer International Seminario de Bandas faculty teaching clinic, Escuela de Musica de la Ciudad de Guatemala, July 7, 2017
Off campus (international: Guatemala), invited clinician, “The Neuroscience of Conducting: How Physical and Musical Processes Affect Health and Longevity in Conductors”, Summer International Seminario de Bandas faculty research clinic, Escuela de Musica de la Ciudad de Guatemala, July 6, 2017
On campus, Pacific Symphony Orchestra wind section with the Chapman Wind Symphony, “Interplay 2017 - Golden Dreams” collaborative open rehearsal performance clinic: Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Christopher Nicholas, conductor; Frank Ticheli’s Rest, Carl St. Clair, conductor, March 16, 2017
Nicholas, C. "The Neuroscience of Conducting: Achieving Peak Results in Your Teaching.” Music Educators Journal (in review)
Nicholas, C. “Advanced Concepts in Improved Intonation: A Practical Application to Score Study and Rehearsal Techniques.” National Band Association Journal, Vol. LVII, No. 3. 2017
Featured guest conductor, Seminario Internacional de Bandas: National Honor Band of Guatemala, Centro Metropolitano de Arte y Cultura Concert Hall; featuring musicians from the Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Banda Sinfónica Municipal, Banda Sinfónica Marcial, and Escuela de Músicos Militares “Rafael Alvarez Ovalle,”Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 9, 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Conductor, Opera Maya International Music Festival, Woodwind and Brass chamber ensembles concert, Iglesia San Servacio, Valladolid, Mexico, May 25, 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Principal trombonist, Opera Maya International Music Festival, “Gala de Opera” Program, Parroqia San Jose Obrero, Puerto Morelos, Mexico, May 26 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Principal trombonist, Opera Maya International Music Festival (appearing as the State Orchestra of Quintana Roo), “Musica Mexicana” Program, Papaya Playa Project Hotel, Tulum, Mexico, May 27 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Principal trombonist, Opera Maya International Music Festival (appearing as the State Orchestra of Quintana Roo), “Gala de Opera” Program, El Parque Francisco Canton Rosado, Valladolid, Mexico, May 28 2017, invited
Off campus (international), invited Principal trombonist, Opera Maya International Festival Orchestra (appearing as the State Orchestra of Quintana Roo), “Elgar, Bizet, and Orff” program, Teatro de la Solidaridad de la Ciudad, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, May 29 2017, invited
Off campus (international), invited Principal trombonist, Opera Maya International Festival Orchestra (appearing as the State Orchestra of Quintana Roo), “Elgar, Bizet, and Orff” program, Parroquia Immaculada Concepcion, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, May 31 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Principal trombonist, Opera Maya Festival Orchestra, Coro Symphonica de Tulum, and Camerata de Cancun collaborative performance, Teatro de Cancun, Cancun, Mexico, June 2 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Conductor, Opera Maya International Music Festival, Brass chamber ensembles concert, Palacio Municipal, Valladolid, Mexico, June 3 2017, invited
Off campus (international), Principal trombonist and Conductor, Opera Maya Festival, “Gala de Opera”, Brass chamber ensemble program, Felipe Carillo Puerto, Casa de la Cultura Ampitheater, Mexico, June 1 2017, invited
Nicholas, Christopher J. Paul Lavalle: Conductor, Composer, Visionary. First edition. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016. Print.
Nicholas, C., and Stealey, N. (2016). "Healthy Mind and Body Warm-ups For Conductors.” National Band Association Journal, Vol. 2 (summer 2016), 33-35.
Nicholas, C. (in press). “Advanced concepts in improved intonation: a practical application to score study and rehearsal techniques,” National Band Association Journal.
Nicholas, C., and Korb, A. (in peer review). "The Neuroscience of Conducting: How Physical and Musical Processes Affect Brain Health and Longevity in Conductors,” Journal of Band Research
Principal guest conductor, La Banda Sinfónica Municipal Juvenil, under the auspices of the Sistema de Orquestras y Coros de la Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala (residency upcoming November 2016)
Invited guest conductor, Ensemble des Instrumentes a Vent Ecole Sainte Trinitie, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (residency upcoming July 17-25, 2017)
Invited guest conductor, Ensemble des Instrumentes a Vent Ecole Sainte Trinitie, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (residency upcoming July 17-25, 2017)
Off campus (international), guest trombonist soloist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble Tour, San Jose, Costa Rica, January 1, 2016, invited
Off campus (international), guest trombonist soloist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble Tour, Arenal, Costa Rica, January 2, 2016, invited
Off campus (international), guest trombonist soloist and brass faculty member, Coe College Wind Ensemble Tour, Quepos, Costa Rica, January 3, 2016, invited
On campus, Conductor, Chapman University Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles, spring semester concert, May 8, 2016, Orange, CA
On campus, Conductor, Chapman University Wind Symphony, spring semester Concert, April 29, 2016, Orange, CA
On campus, Conductor, Chapman University Wind Symphony, Musco Center Grand Opening Community Day Concert, April 2, 2016, Orange, CA
On campus (state), Conductor, Chapman University High School Honor Band Festival concert, February 27, 2016, Orange, CA
Off campus (national), Director, Chapman University Chamber Ensembles, January interterm recruiting tour concerts #7 and #8, Red Mountain High School, January 22, 2016, Mesa, AZ
Off campus (national), Director, Chapman University Chamber Ensembles January interterm recruiting tour concerts #1 and #2, Highland High School, January 21, 2016, Mesa, AZ
Off campus (national), Director, Chapman University Chamber Ensembles, January interterm recruiting tour concerts #5 and #6, Clark County High School, January 20, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
Off campus (national), Director, Chapman University Chamber Ensembles, January interterm recruiting tour concerts #3 and #4, Coronado High School, January 20, 2016, Henderson, NV
Off campus (national), Director, Chapman University Chamber Ensembles, January interterm recruiting tour concert #9, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, January 19, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
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