The University of Arizona Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds
Chad R. Nicholson, director
Caroline Aylward, graduate conductor
The University of Arizona Wind Ensemble
Dr. Chad R. Nicholson, Director of Bands at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, serves as the conductor of the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Additionally, he oversees the entire wind band program and instructs undergraduate and graduate wind conducting students. Dr. Nicholson’s experiences as a music educator span all ages and ensemble types. He has conducted many All-State and honor groups around the world. Nicholson is a Chief Guest Conductor of the Beijing Wind Orchestra, China’s first professional wind ensemble. He has been an adjudicator for the All-Chinese Wind Band Contest and has conducted groups in Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. Nicholson has worked with ensembles from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Dr. Nicholson authored a book designed to aid conductors in repertoire selection and concert programming titled Great Music for Wind Band, and a newly translated edition of this book will soon be released for directors in East Asia. He is a contributing author for the recently published sourcebook for music educators, Engaging Musical Practices, and he has written articles for eight volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band. In conjunction with Forward Motion, Nicholson recently produced a new video series of online masterclasses, called Pro Tips for Band Directors, which provide in-depth score study, conducting, and rehearsal ideas for wind band masterworks.
Nicholson is a frequent presenter and performer at regional, national, and international conferences. In 2020, he was the featured guest conductor in Tokyo at the 2020 ASIJ Wind Band Festival. Dr. Nicholson led ensembles at the Taiwan International Band Clinic and at several College Band Director National Association Divisional Conferences. Nicholson has been a featured presenter at the National Association for Music Education Conference in Texas and has presented twice at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Nicholson holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BME), New Mexico State University (MM), and Indiana University (DM).