Scenes from "The Louvre" with Dr. Chad R Nicholson


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What music might be expected when pairing a mid-1900s Pulitzer-winning composer with styles from the Renaissance and Baroque to support a television show about the development of France’s most famous museum?

Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes from “The Louvre” is the masterwork that resulted from this unusual list of ingredients!

Join Dr. Chad R Nicholson on this tour of musical styles, score investigations, and conducting strategies that will assist conductors as they bring this beautiful work to their students.



Dr. Chad R. Nicholson is the Director of Bands at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music where he leads the UA Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds along with conducting instruction for graduate students. Dr. Nicholson is an active author and pedagogue; he has published chapters in eight volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band in addition to the textbook Engaging Musical Practices. Nicholson wrote Great Music for Wind Band, a book to aid conductors in repertoire selection and concert programming.

Dr. Nicholson’s experiences as a music educator span all ages and ensemble types, including All-State bands, university wind ensembles, and professional groups around the world. Nicholson recently led the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools Honor Band in Tokyo, and Nicholson was the first conductor invited to lead the 2014 Shanghai International School Honor Band. In 2015, he was a member of the distinguished international panel of adjudicators for the All-Chinese Wind Band Contest.

Nicholson has presented twice at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and he was a clinician at the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Texas. Nicholson is also a regular guest conductor for the Beijing Wind Orchestra, China’s first and oldest professional wind ensemble.

Nicholson holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BME), New Mexico State University (MM), and Indiana University (DM).

Pro Tips for Band Directors: Exploring the Masterworks looks into five different works that are standards in the wind band repertoire. Each course discusses one work and what makes that work important, then talks about ways to bring the musical expressiveness in that piece out of your students.

  1. Gustav Holst, First Suite in E-flat
  2. Gustav Holst, Suite No. 2 in F
  3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, English Folk Song Suite
  4. Percy Grainger, Colonial Song
  5. Norman Dello Joio, Scenes from "The Louvre"



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