Artist Clarinet Faculty / Woodwind Pedagogy
Strauss Performing Arts Center | Office 227
phone: (402) 554-3350
Cynthia Nichols, Clarinet, is originally from the suburban Chicago area. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Before moving to Omaha in 1995, Cynthia was active in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a teacher, performer, adjudicator and clinician. Cynthia performed with the St. Louis Symphony as a substitute/extra player and served on the faculties of the Parkway School District, the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School, and Webster University.
Since the fall of 1998, Cynthia has been Artist Faculty/Instructor of Clarinet at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also teaches Woodwind Pedagogy. She frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicates high school solo and ensemble contests in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, as well as state and district division collegiate solo wind competitions. She has served on the Boards of both the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nebraska Wind Symphony, and has performed with the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies, the Heartland of America Band at Offutt AFB as well as with the Nebraska Wind Symphony and the Blackwoods Clarinet Choir.
In July of 2013, Cynthia represented UNO and Nebraska by performing in the American Collegiate Teachers Clarinet Choir at the International Clarinet Association's conference in Assisi, Italy.
Cynthia is an active soloist with both band and orchestra ensembles at UNO as well as other school and community groups. Her professional affiliations include Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA), International Clarinet Association (ICA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 70-558.