Tucker Biddlecombe (Ph.D.)
is Director of Choral Activities at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. ere he conducts the Vanderbilt Chorale, and Symphonic Choir, and teaches courses in Choral Conducting and Music Education. He also serves as Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, the o cial vocal arm of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Biddlecombe is a veteran teacher and a passionate advocate for music education. Ensembles under his direction have performed to acclaim at state and division conventions of ACDA, and he is active as a guest conductor. A native of Bu alo New York, Biddlecombe is a graduate of SUNY Pots dam and Florida State University, where he completed doctoral studies in choral conducting and music education with André omas. He resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Mary Biddlecombe, Artistic Director of the Blair Children’s Chorus.
Choral music at Vanderbilt University can be traced back to 1895, when the Vanderbilt Men’s Glee Club toured and gave concerts throughout the country. The Vanderbilt Chorale was formed in 2012 to create an ensemble for students in the Blair School of Music (est. 1986) and highly qualifed non-music majors from other disciplines at Vanderbilt University. The Chorale is dedicated to authentic, expressive performance of a variety of musical styles, with performances ranging from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to collaborations with the cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The Chorale also forms the ‘core’ of the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir, an ensemble dedicated to performing large choral works with the Vanderbilt Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects have included Haydn’s Creation, Bernstein’s Mass, and the Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music.