Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Nicholle Andrews is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands in Southern California. Under her direction, the choral ensembles at Redlands have performed at national and international festivals. In November of 2015, her ensemble, University of Redlands Chapel Singers is invited to perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference. They are also invited to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in February 2016. She is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.
Andrews has worked with composers William Bolcolm, Joan Tower, Libby Larson, Gunther Schuller, Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, alcides lanza, and Krystoph Penderecki, and eminent conductors Bramwell Tovey, Sir David Willcox, Bobby McFerrin, Tõnu Kaljuste, Georg Titner, Lydia Adams, and Jon Washburn.
At the University of Redlands, Andrews’ areas of specialization include choral conducting and ear training. She also offers a graduate seminar on performance anxiety, an undergraduate course on understanding contemporary music titled Ear Cleaning, and a Freshmen Music Seminar.
Andrews is currently a trainee as a body mapping clinician (Andover Educator). Her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians; the study of pitch perception; and the study of awareness of the body through conducting. Her publications can be found in sources such as the Journal of Research in Music Education.
In January 2013, Andrews created the University of Redlands Youth Choir as a training program for children from surrounding communities, and music education students at the university. The program is now in it's third year and has grown in numbers allowing the creation of a training chorus (ages 5-8) as a feeder ensemble for the youth choir (ages 9-16).
Andrews was technical director of the international non-competitive festival of choral music, Festival 500 Sharing the Voices from 1999 to 2005. This heralded choral festival and academic symposium bring together singers, conductors and scholars from cultures worldwide. She served as special programs coordinator at the Banff Center for Fine Arts Music and Sound department in 1999 and 2002.
Having completed her doctorate and master's in choral conducting at McGill University, Andrews studied with Professor Iwan Edwards, Dr. John Baboukis, and Dr. Julian Wachner. While at McGill University she taught musicianship, instrumental conducting and choral conducting. She completed a double degree of Bachelors of Music in oboe and Music Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied conducting with Dr. Douglas Dunsmore.
Andrews has also taught music (kindergarten to grade 12) in several public schools throughout Canada and England.
2018 Festival Dates
Choral: April 24 – April 27, 2018Jazz Band: April 28 – April 29, 2018Concert Band: April 30 – May 3, 2018