Areas of Expertise
- Director of Choral Activities
- Performance Anxiety
- Vibrato and Pitch Perception
- Contemporary Choral Music
Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Nicholle Andrews is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands. Under her direction, the choral ensembles at Redlands have performed at national and international festivals. 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 Krzysztof Penderecki, and eminent conductors Bramwell Tovey, Sir David Willcox, Bobby McFerrin, Tõnu Kaljuste, Georg Titner, Lydia Adams, and Jon Washburn. Under her direction, choirs at the University of Redlands have been invited to perform at festival and conferences such as the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) Convention, California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Convention, CASMEC California All State Music Educators Conference and Festival 500 Sharing the Voices.
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 training as a body mapping clinician (Andover Educator). Her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians, pitch perception, and 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 Bachelors of Music in oboe performance 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.
Courses Taught at Redlands
- Advanced Choral Conducting
- Choral Conducting Lessons
- Graduate Seminar on Performance Anxiety
- Madrigal Singers
- University Choir
- Ear Training
- B.Mus., B.MusEd., Memorial University of Newfoundland
- M.Mus., D.Mus., McGill University
Previous Teaching Experience
- Adjunct Professor at McGill University
- Grades K-12 in Canada and England
Leadership Positions, Performances, Recordings and Presentations
- Artistic and Music Director of the Feast of Lights
- Conducted the University of Redlands Madrigal Singers at Frederick Swann’s CD release concert Spring 2009
- Conducted the University of Redlands Madrigal Singers at CMEA (California Music Educators Association) in 2008 Sacramento, and 2009 Ontario
- Festival 500, 2009 Conducting The University of Redlands Madrigal Singers, Invited performance
- Published in the Journal of Research in Music Education : An Investigation Into the Choral Singer’s Experience of Music Performance Anxiety
- Presentation at Festival 500 The Phenomenon of Singing, International Symposium VI, 2007 Teaching Through Composition: The Study of alcides lanza
- Presentation at Festival 500 The Phenomenon of Singing, International Symposium VI, 2007 An Investigation Into the Choral Singer’s Experience of Music Performance Anxiety
- Presentation at Festival 500 The Phenomenon of Singing, International Symposium VII, 2009 Vibrato and Pitch Perception: Does the presence or absence of vibrato influence how intonation is perceived and assessed?
- ACDA, American Choral Directors Association
- Chorus America
- ACCC, Association of Canadian Choral Conductors
- MENA, Music Educators National Association
- CMEA, California Music Educators Association