Chad R. Nicholson is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he conducts the wind ensemble and teaches conducting and music education courses.
Additionally, he is the music director of the acclaimed Fort Wayne Area Community Band. Nicholson is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. He has published articles in The Instrumentalist as well as in four volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band; additionally, his arrangements are currently performed by high school and university bands throughout the country. Nicholson has presented clinics nationally, including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Additionally, Nicholson has produced commercial band recordings, works as a frequent adjudicator for concert and marching bands, and has served as the Director of the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp in Colorado.
An Oklahoma native, Nicholson’s teaching career encompasses the junior high, high school, and university levels. He holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BME), New Mexico State University (MM), and Indiana University (DM).