Chad R. Nicholson
Chad R. Nicholson is the Director of Bands at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, where he conducts the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Winds. Additionally, he oversees the entire wind band programme and instructs the undergraduate and graduate wind conducting students. Dr. Nicholson is a prolific author, conductor, and pedagogue. He wrote a book designed to aid conductors in repertoire selection and concert programming titled Great Music for Wind Band, and he is a contributing author for the recently published sourcebook for music educators, Engaging Musical Practices. Additionally, he has published articles in The Instrumentalist and in eight volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band.
Dr. Nicholson's experiences as a music educator span all ages and ensemble types, including concert and athletic groups from public school through university levels. He has conducted many All-State and honour groups around the world. In 2014, Nicholson was the first conductor invited to lead the Shanghai International School Honour Band, and in 2015, he was a member of the distinguished international panel of adjudicators for the All-Chinese Wind Band Contest. He has been a featured adjudicator at renowned wind ensemble competitions from Chicago to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Nicholson has commissioned and premiered many new compositions for Wind Ensemble by such composers as David Maslanka, Jack Stamp, David Dzubay, James Stephenson, Steven Danyew, Joshua Hummel, and Anthony O’ Toole. He and his students have performed with many significant conductors and composers, including Joseph Schwantner, Frank Ticheli, Libby Larsen, Johan de Meij, Joan Tower, and Ray Cramer.
Nicholson is a frequent presenter and performer at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Nicholson led his ensemble in performance at the Taiwan International Band Clinic in Taipei and at multiple College Band Director National Association Divisional Conferences. Nicholson has presented twice at the Midwest Intern.
Senior conductor LI Fangfang, a first-class conductor of China, is the founder of the Chinese Armed Police Band and was also the first commander of this band. He is also a board member of the Asian-Pacific Wind Band Conference, a member of the China Musicians Association, a board member of the Beijing Musicians Association, chairman of the Beijing Band Directors Association, and conductor of both the China Youth Wind Ensemble of the China Central Conservatory of Music and the Symphonic Band of the Xi'an Conservatory of Music.
At a young age, Mr. LI began his musical journey by learning the violin and cello and also started his education in conducting by studying under Mr. LI DeLun and Mr. HAN ZhongJie. In 1983, Mr. LI graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Music Department of Beijing Capital Normal University. In 1994, he went to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory of Music under world-renowned conductor, Frank L. Battisti. Upon graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, he received a diploma in Wind Ensemble conducting. In 2003, LI Fangfang graduated from the Music School of the University of Arizona with a Master's degree in conducting, and involved in the doctorate programme in the university.
Mr. LI is an honorary member of America's Kappa Kappa Psi national fraternity, and he has had the great privilege of working with numerous ensembles from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the America. These ensembles include the Princeton Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra, St. Thomas University Symphonic Band in the US, and the Adelaide University Wind Orchestra, etc.
Mr. LI has conducted numerous classics composed in time periods ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries. He is dedicated to the studying and sharing of the art of Western wind ensemble music. He is the author of The Brief History of Western Wind Band and Important Repertoire and has also recorded many albums.