Orchestra & Conductors
Tucker Biddlecombe assumed the post of Chorus Director for the Nashville Sumphony at the beginning of the 2017/18 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.
Through creative programming and community building, Dr. Biddlecombe has re-invigorated choral activities at the Blair School of Music. Concert highlights have included Haydn’s Creation, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Fauré’s Requiem, Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych, and Rutter’s Mass of the Children performed for Blair’s 50th Anniversary celebration. In demand as a conductor and clinician, Biddlecombe has served as a clinician to choirs in twenty-two 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.
A passionate advocate of music education and veteran teacher, Dr. Biddlecombe achieved National Board Teacher Certification and was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Biddlecombe serves as director of Blair's five-year Bachelor of Music/Teacher Education degree (Ma5) program offered in conjunction with Peabody College. Ensembles under his direction have toured nationally and internationally, and performed to acclaim at state and division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.
Off the podium, Biddlecombe is active as a tenor and keyboardist. He is chief collaborator in Collegium, a professional choir based at Vanderbilt, and has guest-conducted performances with Music City Baroque and the Nashville Early Music Festival. He can also be heard as tenor soloist and conductor on And the Time Is, a new recording of the music of Jack Stamp (Klavier) featuring the Vanderbilt Chorale and Wind Symphony. He is organist and musician at Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, and is active in public school music programs throughout Middle Tennessee. 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 Nashville and Middle Tennessee.He holds the MM and Ph.D. in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree, with majors in Vocal Performance and Music Education, from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He is a native of Buffalo, New York, and resides in Nashville with his wife Mary Biddlecombe, Artistic Director of the Blair Children’s Chorus.
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