Biography

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TUCKER BIDDLECOMBE, (Ph.D) is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he serves as conductor of the Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir, and teaches courses in choral conducting and music education. In addition, he serves as Director of Blair's five-year Bachelor of Music/Teacher Education degree (Ma5) program offered in conjunction with Peabody College. In 2016, he was appointed Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, the official vocal arm of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Through creative programming and community building, Dr. Biddlecombe has re-invigorated choral activities at the Blair School of Music. Recent projects 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. He created the annual Choral Prism concert, which has become one of the largest-drawing student performances of the Blair concert calendar. Other highlights have included a lecture-concert on the music of Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, a fully-staged production of Bernstein’s MASS, and a centenary celebration of Benjamin Britten. In the coming year, the Vanderbilt Choral program will host the cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, performing a collaborative concert of William Brittelle’s Psychadelics, and Caroline Shaw’s Partita. His work with the Nashville Symphony Chorus will include chorus preparation for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), Handel’s Messiah, and a world premiere recording of John Harbison’s Requiem. 

Over the course of a ten-year career as a public school music educator, Dr. Biddlecombe achieved National Board Teacher Certification and was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Lawton Chiles High School (FL). Ensembles under his direction have performed to acclaim at state and division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. He is an active guest conductor, having conducted all-state choruses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and New York, as well as clinics for hundreds of choirs touring Nashville. He is also a published composer and arranger with choral works printed by Alliance, Hinshaw and Walton Music. Dr. Biddlecombe’s article on specificity of conductor feedback was published in the fourth volume of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, and he has recently conducted residencies with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and San Jose State University.

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. Biddlecombe proudly serves as organist and musician at Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood. His web initiative, the Nashville Choral Consortium (nashchor.org), 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.

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. 

Curriculum Vitae (Updated 7/2015)

© Tucker Biddlecombe 2016