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Sam Nichols
Lecturer with Security of Employment

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Sam Nichols is a composer who lives and works in California. He attended Vassar College (AB 1994) and Brandeis University (PhD 2006). His composition teachers include Ross Bauer, Eric Chasalow, Annea Lockwood, David Rakowski, Richard Wilson, and Yehudi Wyner. He also studied analysis with Marty Boykan, and guitar with Terry Champlin. Since 2002 he’s taught in the UC Davis Department of Music; his subject areas include undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, music theory, and electronic music. 

He’s received commissions from a number of ensembles and organizations, including the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble, and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College. If you’d like to learn more about his music, please visit samnichols.net.

Sam is living in Berlin until August 2018, and is on leave during the entire 2017–18 academic year. If you have questions about music theory classes, please contact Jean Ahn (ahnjean@hotmail.com), Chris Castro (crcastro@ucdavis.edu), or Amelia Triest (atriest@ucdavis.edu). For any questions about classes in electronic music, please email Derek Kwan (derek.x.kwan@gmail.com).

Room 1108, Music Annex
(530) 754-2919

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