Dr. Nicholaus B. CumminsDoctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting & Literature- Louisiana State University (2012)
Office: New Fine Arts 103 B
Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins is Associate Professor of Choral Studies and Director of Choral Activities at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, where he conducts the Chamber Choir, Cane River Singers, and Lyrica. In addition, he teaches conducting, choral literature, and vocal music education methods courses. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Mississippi, the Master of Arts from the University of Alabama, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University.
The Northwestern Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr. Cummins, have recently worked with composers Michael Trotta, Richard Burchard, and Vytautas Miškinis premiering new choral works and producing recordings. They were featured at the 9th National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference at the University of Maryland, placed Summa Cum Laude in the Laurea Mundi Choral Competition in Budapest, Hungary, place 2nd in the Ave Verum Competition in Baden, Austria, and placed 2nd in the Leonardo da Vinci Choral Competition in Florence, Italy. Additionally, they tour each fall to promote Northwestern State University Choral Music at high school and university programs.
Dr. Cummins has presented topics at conferences about technology in the choral rehearsal, assessment in choral ensembles, Performance Practices of the Renaissance, and choral music of the Baltics. He is a member of the board of the Southern Division of the American Choral Director’s Association and the Louisiana Representative for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Recently, Dr. Cummins was named an ACDA International Conducting Fellow and to Brazil. Additionally, he has published articles in the Choral Journal and chorlnet.org, and recently published his first choral composition, I Have Got My Leave.
Prior to his tenure at Northwestern State University, Dr. Cummins was Director of Choral Activities at Delta State University, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Louisiana State University where he conducted the LSU Treble Chorale. He also taught public school choral music in Alabama and Texas. He has been involved in church music for over twenty years and is currently the music director at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches. He has served as a clinician for Honor Choirs and secondary and university choirs in the southeast and southwest.
He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Teacher's of Singing, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, and International Choral Music Federation. His wife of ten years, Whitney, is a gifted & talented music teacher in the Natchitoches Parish schools, and their daughters are Emma and Addison.
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