Adjunct Artist Teacher of Chorus; Artistic Director of Blair Children's Choruses
Mary Biddlecombe serves as Artistic Director of the Blair Children’s Chorus at Vanderbilt University. She conducts each of the six graded choirs of the program, including the Concert Choir (high school girls), Young Men’s Chorus (changed men’s voices), Choristers (middle school girls), Boychoir (unchanged boys), Training Choir, and the select treble ensemble Chorale.
Biddlecombe has taught music at every grade level. Choirs under her direction have been invited to perform for conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as symphonic works with significant orchestras. Recent projects have included Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Roger Waters’ Ça Ira, and Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Vanderbilt Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir. Upcoming engagements include John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, Mahler’s Third Symphony, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
Biddlecombe is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician, and has presented interest sessions at conferences all over the Southeast. She has been engaged to conduct the Florida All-State Middle School Treble Choir in 2017. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., she holds a Master of Music in Conducting from Florida State University and a Bachelors of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Biddlecombe makes her home in Nashville with her husband Tucker Biddlecombe, Director of Choral Activities at Vanderbilt, and their dog, Bernice.