Now entering his fourth season as director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe has raised the bar of excellence for Nashville’s premier choral ensemble through intense musical preparation, diverse programming and community building. Under his direction, the Nashville Symphony Chorus has expanded to 170 members and recently toured Prague, Czech Republic, performing Orff’s Carmina Burana. He also serves as Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he directs the Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir and teaches courses in choral conducting and music education.
Biddlecombe’s work with the Nashville Symphony has included chorus preparation for the world-premiere recording of John Harbison’s Requiem (Naxos) and concert performances of choral-orchestral masterworks by Stravinsky, Ravel, Haydn, Verdi, Handel and Mahler. He conducts the orchestra and chorus in performance during the annual Voices of Spring concert. Notable works with Vanderbilt Choirs have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and a collaborative concert with the cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. In 2018 the Vanderbilt Chorale released its first solo album, Music in the Listening Place (Navona), with Gramophone UK noting that the Chorale “launch into each track with the earnest passion that only university music students can innocently and genuinely provide.” Biddlecombe made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 conducting Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.
A passionate advocate of music education and a veteran teacher, Biddlecombe is active in school music programs, working with teachers as a side-by side coach with Metro Nashville Public Schools. In 2019 he completed a residency with the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where he was honored to work with student and professional choral educators. His web initiative, the Nashville Choral Consortium, tracks each choral ensemble and performance throughout the season and serves as a hub for community, university and church choral performance throughout Middle Tennessee. He is in demand as a conductor and clinician, having served as a clinician to choirs in 25 states, and has conducted all-state choruses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and New York.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Biddlecombe is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam and Florida State University, where he completed doctoral studies in choral conducting and music education with André Thomas. He resides in Nashville with his wife Mary Biddlecombe, Artistic Director of the Blair Children’s Chorus.