Richard Nance, classical music composer
Dr. Richard Nance
is an American musician. He is currently associate professor of music and conductor of The Choir of the West at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington USA.
Nance holds bachelors and masters degrees from West Texas A&M (then West Texas State University) and the DMA degree from Arizona State University. Dr. Nance has studied conducting with Hugh Sanders, Douglas McEwen and David Stocker, and studied composition with Joseph Nelson and Randall Shinn.
Prior to coming to Washington, he taught for seven years at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. Nance joined the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University originally as associate director of choral activities in 1992, where he directed the University Chorale, University Singers and Choral Union and taught music education courses and private composition. In January 2007, he was appointed director of choral activities and conductor of The Choir of the West at PLU.
He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, presently serving as state president for Washington and as the Choral Review Editor for the Choral Journal. Three choirs under his direction have appeared at ACDA reigonal conventions. Dr. Nance also serves as director of music at St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Lakewood, Washington, and is active as a clinician and adjudicator.
In 2002, Nance conducted the PLU Choral Union tour of Europe and at the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, where his Mass for the New Millennium was a featured work.
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