This season marks Tucker Biddlecombe's first as Chorus Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, after having served as interim director for the 2016/17 season. Dr. Biddlecombe also serves as Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities 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.
His work with the Nashville Symphony has included Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, and a world premiere recording of John Harbison’s Requiem (Naxos). Other notable works with Vanderbilt Choirs have included Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Creation, and an upcoming staged performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in April 2018. The Vanderbilt Chorale will release their first solo album, Music in the Listening Place (Navona), in March 2018. Biddlecombe can also be heard as tenor soloist and conductor on And the Time Is (Klavier), a recording of the music of Jack Stamp featuring the Vanderbilt Chorale and Wind Symphony.
A passionate advocate of music education and a veteran teacher, Dr. Biddlecombe serves as director of Blair's five-year Bachelor of Music/Teacher Education degree (Ma5) program offered in conjunction with Peabody College at Vanderbilt. Ensembles under his direction have toured nationally and internationally, and have performed to acclaim at state and division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. He is in demand as a conductor and clinician, having served as a clinician to choirs in 22 states, and has conducted all-state choruses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and New York. He studied conducting under Dr. André Thomas at Florida State University and has participated in master classes for Chorus America, Eastman’s Choral Institute and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Off the podium, Biddlecombe is active as a tenor and keyboardist. He has guest-conducted performances with Music City Baroque and the Nashville Early Music Festival and serves as organist and musician at Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood. Dr. Biddlecombe is active in public school music programs in Nashville, working with teachers as a Side-By Side Coach with Metro Schools. 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.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he 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.