Lecturer in Music
Sam Nichols is a composer who lives and works in Northern California. He has received commissions from a number of ensembles and organizations, including the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble, and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College. He recently won the 2011 Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award for his string quartet, Refuge. He’s also received awards from the League of Composers, the University of Illinois (3rd prize, 2010 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Prize), the International Center for the Arts at San Francisco State University, and the Third Millennium Ensemble, among others. Upcoming projects include a piece for voice and ensemble for the Empyrean Ensemble.
Born in Maine, he attended Vassar College (BA, 1994) and Brandeis University (MA 1999, PhD 2006). He works as a lecturer in the UC Davis Department of Music; he also teaches in collaboration with the Cinema and Digital Media program. In the spring of 2011 he received the UC Davis Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching.