Artistic Director / Conductor
Todd Nichols credits include work as a music educator, conductor, and performer. Mr. Nichols maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States having appeared in seven states and major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Recently Mr. Nichols was selected via an international audition as one of only ten Conducting Fellows for the 2012 Juilliard School Music Educator’s Summer Music Workshop. Mr. Nichols has been appointed to the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Advisory Committee and a national advisory panel for the MFA National Concert Band Festival. Mr. Nichols has served as Guest Conductor for the NJ Region I Symphonic Band, NJ Region II Symphonic Band, NJ Region I Jazz Ensemble, Rutgers University Honor Band, FMI All-State Band and the 2011 CMEA Region Youth Honor Band in Connecticut.
He received his BA in Music from The College of New Jersey in 1998, and MM in Conducting from Messiah College in 2010. Mr. Nichols has had the great privilege of studying and collaborating with notable conductors and educators such as Eugene Migliaro Corporan, Mark Davis Scatterday, David Effron, Virgina Allen, Dennis Fisher, Richard Crain, John Lynch, David Starnes, and Chuck Campbell. He has also been honored to work with instrumental icons Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Stanley Drucker, Allen Vizzutti, and legendary jazz artists Mike Vax, John Fedchock, Dennis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Clem DeRosa, Joe Temperle, Rosanna Vitro, and Bobby Millitello.
Mr. Nichols is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for both high school and middle school ensembles. He has adjudicated for the NJMEA, PMEA, Bands of America, and DCA. Mr. Nichols is an advocate for new compositions and has supported the efforts of various composers in numerous commissions including John Mackey’s Harvest Concerto, Joe Turrin’s Equinox and The Sounding of the Call, and Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby, Bruce Yurko’s Furioso, Rhythmic Changes, and Red Tail Skirmish and Robert Farnon’s Symphony of the Gael: An American Wind Symphony.
Mr. Nichols is currently the Artistic Director and conductor for The Eastern Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble dedicated to the ongoing development of the American wind band as a serious artistic medium. In addition Mr. Nichols is active in the development of the newly formed Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band, the only state-wide auditioned wind ensemble in New Jersey. Mr. Nichols has assisted with the production of professional wind band recordings for ensembles including the Eastern Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Rutgers University Wind Ensemble and Messiah College Wind Ensemble. Mr. Nichols produced an album of educational band music, available as part of the Distinguished Music for the Developing Band series on the Mark Custom Recording label, with the New Jersey Wind Orchestra, an ensemble of professional educators and musicians assembled for this single project. Mr. Nichols Roxbury Wind Symphony recordings of Stomp, Clap, Snap, Tango! and Turbulence both composed by Chris Bernotas, are currently being used as a demonstration recording by TRN Music and Bandworks publishing.
As an educator, Mr. Nichols’ concert, marching, and jazz ensembles have been recognized for outstanding performance at numerous local, state, and national festivals. His wind ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in 2006 and at the 2008 and 2012 Music For All National Concert Band Festival and the 2008 Midwest Clinic. His Roxbury Wind Symphony was the first concert band from the state of NJ to ever be extended an invitation to perform at this most prestigious clinic. His marching bands have won six championship titles and have made finals for all Music For All Regional competition since 2008. Mr. Nichols’ jazz bands have accepted four consecutive invitations to the NJ-IAJE State Jazz Band Finals receiving first place in 2002. Mr. Nichols received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award in 2001, was featured in a 2009 spotlight article for the Instrumentalist Magazine, and has been included in the 2002 and 2004 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Mr. Nichols is also a freelance percussionist in the New York Metropolitan area. He has performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Pops, Princeton Symphony, Riverside Sinfonia, Garden State Symphonic Band, New Jersey Verismo Opera Company, The Orchestra of St. Peter’s, Trenton Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Nichols can be found playing in many of New York City’s top hotels including the Waldorff Astoria, Hotel Pierre, Four Seasons, Metropolitan Club, Cipriani’s, The Rainbow Room, The Ritz Carlton, and The Plaza Hotel. Mr. Nichols has performed with legendary artists Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlisch, William Michaels, Victoria Cannizzo and he performed for the wedding of journalist Geraldo Rivera. Mr. Nichols resides in Hillsborough, NJ with his wife Beth and daughters Sarah and Emily.
Adam Warshafsky received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. During his time as an undergraduate student, he served as an assistant conductor of the University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble under the guidance of Dr. Ricardo Averbach. Adam also restructured the Penn Jazz Ensemble and brought it back to the forefront of performing arts at the university. He served as its interim artistic and administrative director until he collaborated with the university in securing a more permanent director to oversee it upon his graduation.
Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Adam attended the University of Michigan where he received his master’s degree in music education with a focus on conducting. During his time in Michigan, Adam had the opportunity to study with a number of acclaimed conductors and music educators on faculty, including Michael Haithcock, Steven Davis, James Tapia, Scott Teeple, Jamie Nix, Betty Anne Younker, Sandra Snow, and Colleen Conway. As a saxophonist, he had the fortune of learning from one of our most treasured musicians, legendary saxophonist, Donald Sinta. During his time at Michigan, Adam served on the staff of the Michigan Marching Band and co-wrote the shows for the September 11th, 2001 memorial tribute and the 2001 homecoming show. He also assisted Professor Jamie Nix in teaching the marching band techniques course to music education majors.
To further his education, Adam has attended conducting clinics at the University of Texas and University of Michigan where he had the great fortune of learning from Jerry Junkin, Richard Floyd, Kevin Sedatole, Alan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, and Mallory Thompson.
In the fall of 2003, Adam was appointed the director of bands at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. During his tenure, the band program has gained a reputation for being one of the strongest in the state. The Montgomery Wind Ensemble has performed at the New Jersey Band Conference, New Jersey State Band Gala, and consistently receives superior ratings at every festival it attends. In February 2011, the Montgomery concert band program performed a concert tour of southern Spain, playing concerts in Toledo, Sevilla, Granada, and Ecija. The ensemble was invited to be part of the arts festival in Toledo and was the band of honor at the Ecija municipal band celebration. Guest conductors of the Montgomery bands have included William Berz, Damon Talley, James Tapia, Darryl Bott, and Bruce Yurko.
Adam serves as the artistic director of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) Wind Symphony, as well as the orchestral winds coach for the GPYO Symphonic Orchestra. GPYO performs concerts in the beautiful Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University and serves students from across the state of New Jersey.
Adam was appointed the assistant conductor of the Eastern Wind Symphony in July 2011. He is very excited to be a part of this fantastic group of consummate musicians who perform music for music’s sake.