Adjunct Instructor of Music
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Bev Nichols is a faculty accompanist for the Clarke Collegiate Singers, student lessons, and recitals. She holds a bachelor's degree and master's degrees in music education from Illinois State College. While at Illinois State, she received an undergraduate assistantship for accompanying and graduate teaching assistantships for accompanying and for private and group piano instruction.
From 1987 to 1998, Nichols served as accompanist for the Dubuque Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Series, where she worked with visiting musicians, including Carol Wincenc, Eric Rusk, George Zuckerman, and Sergiu Schwartz. Nichols has been a church organist since she was 16 and currently serves as an organist and choir accompanist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. From 1985 to 2002, she developed and directed youth and children’s choir programs in three Dubuque-area churches.
In addition to her work at Clarke, Nichols teaches private piano lessons and is active as a freelance musician, playing for individuals, schools, and other performing groups in the Dubuque area.