Richard G. Nickerson
Richard G. Nickerson received a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Conservatory of Music - University of Missouri - Kansas City. While at UMKC, Dr. Nickerson conducted the Men's Choir, taught undergraduate conducting, supervised student teachers and was assistant to Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Charles Robinson. . He is currently serving a second term as President of the Maine Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
For the past 21 years, Dr. Nickerson has been the Director of Choral Activities at Windham High School in Windham, Maine where he conducts 3 choirs, teaches courses in Music Theory and Music History and serves as Music Coordinator for the district. In addition to his duties in Windham, Dr. Nickerson serves as Artistic Director for the Boy Singers of Maine where he oversees the 3 choirs within the organization and conducts the Concert Choir. Dr. Nickerson also teaches at St. Joseph's College.
In constant demand as a guest conductor and clinician, Nickerson has made appearances in 18 states, 3 Canadian provinces and 8 European countries. He has conducted in major concert venues throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame in Paris, La Salle de Musique in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, Hofgarten Pavillion in Innsbruck, Austria, the White House, St. Paul's Church in Antwerp, Belgium and the Austria Center in Vienna.
Dr. Nickerson's choirs have appeared in concert with artists including Kenny Rogers, Andy Williams, Josh Groban, John Rutter, Jodi Benson, Susan Egan, The Barenaked Ladies, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary) and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he was the children's choir director for the nationally broadcast Tim Janis special, The American Christmas Carol, narrated by James Earl Jones..
Dr. Nickerson is listed in 2 editions of Who's Who in America, 6 editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, has been named a finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year and, in 1996, was named Maine Music Educator of the Year. In 1997, he was presented an Academy Award from the Maine State Academy for the Performing Arts for outstanding contributions to the perorming arts in the state of Maine. In 2007, he was named Distinguished choral Director of the Year by the Maine chapter of ACDA. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Chorus America, The College Music Society and Pi Kappa Lambda.
He lives in Portland with his twin daughters Sarah and Arianna