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University of Delaware225 Roselle Center for the ArtsNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass2F38884C91A14E1F9C5F612608468269"><p> </p><p>Critically acclaimed clarinetist Christopher Nichols enjoys a dynamic career with performances as a soloist and in ensembles across the United States and abroad. As a professional instrumental soloist, he received praise from The American Prize: “…lovely long line, evocative playing, flexible…tone is rich and round, welcoming, clean and elegant…fine performances from a skilled artist.” </p><p>Dr. Nichols regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Kennett Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. A devoted performer of chamber music, he is a member of Duo Extreme and Christiana Winds. Additionally, he has collaborated with the acclaimed Serafin String Quartet and the Taggart-Grycky Duo, as well as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has served for over a decade in Army Bands with performances throughout the United States, Germany, France and Austria. He is currently a decorated member of the 287th Army Band in Wilmington, Delaware, where he has earned the rank of Sergeant First Class. </p><p>A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Nichols joined the faculty of the University of Delaware School of Music in 2013 where he is associate professor of clarinet. As an artist clinician, he regularly appears at universities throughout the United States. His students have found success in competitions, won positions in military bands, and serve as music educators.</p><p>Dr. Nichols has appeared as a featured soloist at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association, National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors and College Music Society. Live performances have been selected for inclusion in the Audio Performance Archive of College Music Symposium. Additionally, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and public radio in Kansas, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Michigan have broadcast both live performances and studio recordings. In 2015, the Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Dr. Nichols an Established Artist Fellowship in recognition for his work as a solo recitalist. He has released solo and chamber music recordings on internationally distributed labels including Navona Records, Viduus Records and Albany Records, which have won praise in publications such as <em>Gramophone</em>, <em>The Clarinet</em>, <em>Fanfare</em>, <em>NACWPI Journal</em>, <em>De Klarinet</em> and <em>Pizzicato</em>.</p><p>An active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, International Clarinet Association and Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Nichols has served as the College Music Society Northeast Chapter’s executive board member for performance and is currently secretary of the board of directors for the International Clarinet Association.</p><p>Dr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the Boston Conservatory, Master of Music from Kansas State University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. His primary mentors include Ian Greitzer, Kenneth Radnofsky, Steven Barta, Tod Kerstetter and Stephanie Zelnick.</p><p>As a Légère Reeds Endorsing Artist, Silverstein Pro Team Artist, and a Buffet Crampon USA Artist Clinician, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère Signature Series reeds, Silverstein ligatures and Buffet clarinets. Additionally, he is an RCW Artist and plays on RCW clarinet barrels.</p></div><div class="ExternalClass77A00FAC1DA34A42BBD902187EF1936B"><p><br></p></div><p>​</p>crnichol@udel.eduNichols, Christopher302-831-4948<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Christopher%20Nichols%20-%20Spring%202021.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate Professor, Clarinethttp://www.christophernicholsclarinet.com/

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