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Associate Professor of Music, Penn State

Bryan E. Nichols is a teacher and conductor at The Pennsylvania State University, where he leads the University Choir, and teaches conducting and choral methods. Dr. Nichols is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and has served in leadership positions in NAfME and ACDA. He served on the Future Directions Committee for the Kentucky Music Educators Association was the Region 4 Choral Chair. He served ACDA as the Ohio middle level R&R chair; he was the high school R&S Chair for the state of Kentucky, where his choirs performed for the Kentucky Music Educators Association and toured all regions of the country. Ensembles under his direction have commissioned five works and have given joint performances with ensembles from the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus and the Minnesota Boychoir.

Dr. Nichols has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Musicae Scientiae, Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, UPDATE, Contributions to Music Education, General Music Today, Psychomusicology, and the Choral Journal. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Music Educators Journal and the editorial boards of UPDATE, and International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and Contributions to Music Education. His scholarly interests include singing accuracy, music teacher education, and sight-singing pedagogy, and he has presented his work at both national and international conferences.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Music, Pennsylvania State University