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KU School of Music graduate lands faculty appointment at prestigious fine arts camp

Monday, August 22, 2011

LAWRENCE-Christopher Nichols, a clarinet DMA graduate from the University of Kansas, was recently appointed to the clarinet faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located in Michigan.

As a clarinet instructor, Nichols will coach technique classes, sectionals, teach music theory, coach the staff woodwind quintet (comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from universities and conservatories nationwide), and provide individual clarinet instruction to staff members as requested. Nichols also will perform in the Blue Lake Festival Band and the Blue Lake Festival Symphony Orchestra for live broadcasts that will air on Michigan NPR stations. Nichols will work with approximately 85 clarinet students and 15 bass clarinet students from grades 7-9.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, created in 1966, is located in Michigan's Manistee National Forest and offers fine arts education in music, art, dance and drama for gifted elementary, junior high and high school students. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations.
Christopher Nichols, DMA, serves as principal clarinet of the 312th Army Band in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City in Parkville, Missouri. He holds degrees the Boston Conservatory, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas. He currently serves on the faculty of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where he teaches clarinet, saxophone, techniques in woodwinds, and directs the chamber orchestra.

Nichols formerly served as the principal clarinet and concertmaster of the 1st Infantry Division Band at Fort Riley, Kansas, with performances throughout Europe and the United States. He has also performed with the United States Army Europe Band, the Salina Symphony, the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, and as a soloist with the 312th Army Band, the University Park Symphony Orchestra, the Hays Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Mode Records and been published by Woodwindiana, Inc. His principal teachers included Stephanie Zelnick, Tod Kerstetter, Ian Greitzer, Steven Barta, Gunter Voit, and Ken Radnofsky (saxophone). He has served on the faculties of the Ottley Music School, the Boston Arts Academy, Americana Music Academy, the Berklee College of Music City Music School, and most recently Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.


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The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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