joined the faculty of the University of Delaware as assistant professor
of clarinet in 2013 where he instructs undergraduate and graduate
applied clarinet, clarinet ensemble, chamber music, pedagogy and
literature, and annually hosts Delaware Clarinet Day. As an artist
clinician, Dr. Nichols has recently appeared at Rutgers University, the
Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, the University of Maryland and
the University of Southern Mississippi. Dedicated to the cultivation of
clarinetists of all ages, Dr. Nichols has served on the faculty of the
Delaware Governor’s School of Excellence and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in
Twin Lake, Michigan, and maintains a private studio. Dr. Nichols’
students have found success in competitions, won positions in military
bands and serve as music educators.
As a Légère Reeds Endorsing Artist and a
Buffet Artist Clinician, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère
Signature Series reeds and Buffet clarinets. Additional information is
available at his website.
Pianist Julie Nishimura
celebrates 25 years as faculty accompanist for the Department of Music
at the University of Delaware, having performed more than 380
collaborative recitals and 45 opera and scene-study performances with
the Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre. As secondary faculty, she teaches
Sight-Reading at the Keyboard and Accompanying/Chamber Music.
A much sought-after collaborative artist, Ms. Nishimura has
performed in the chamber music series of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital
Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre
and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the Hotel DuPont, and she has
been a guest artist at more than 35 college campuses. Ms. Nishimura is a
perennial favorite at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and
California Summer Music.