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Alan Nichols; Principal Keyboard

Meet CSO Principal Keyboard, Alan Nichols

Alan Nichols has been principal keyboardist for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra since 2003.  He has degrees from Tennessee Temple University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the University of Kentucky, where he was a recipient of the Anne Robinson Accompanying Scholarship, and was chosen to perform the Liszt E-flat Piano Concerto with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.  His doctoral dissertation consisted of a survey of the solo piano works of American composer Lowell Lieberman.

Dr. Nichols has taught at Tennessee Temple University, the University of Kentucky, Campbellsville University (Kentucky), Transylvania University (Kentucky), East Tennessee State University, and he has been a guest performer and teacher at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.  He has served as an adjudicator for many local and regional competitions.

Recent performance highlights with the CSO include Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, the Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in C Minor, and the Poulenc Sextet.

Currently, Dr. Nichols teaches at Chattanooga State Community College, and performs there frequently both as a soloist and collaborative musician, as well as playing keyboard for music theatre productions. Dr. Nichols has served as the rehearsal accompanist for the Chattanooga Bach Choir and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Chorus.