Associate Professor of Choral Studies; Director of Choral Activities; Director of the Music Teacher Education Program
Tucker Biddlecombe is Associate Professor of Choral Studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he serves as conductor of the Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir. He also directs the Blair-to-Peabody teacher education program, teaching courses in choral conducting and music education. In addition, Biddlecombe is entering his fourth season as director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, the vocal arm of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He is also a recipient of the Blair Faculty Excellence Award.
Performance highlights at Vanderbilt have included Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Bernstein’s MASS, and a collaborative concert with the cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. He created the annual Choral Prism concert, which is consistently one of the largest-drawing student performances on the Blair concert calendar.
The Vanderbilt Chorale released its first solo album in February of 2018, titled Music in the Listening Place (Navona). Textura noted, “the vocal artistry of the Vanderbilt University Chorale is in full and luxuriant display throughout this splendid debut recording.” The Chorale tours annually, and was an invited performer at the 2019 Tennessee Music Educator’s Convention.
Biddlecombe's work with the Nashville Symphony has included chorus preparation for the world-premiere recording of John Harbison’s Requiem (Naxos), and other choral-orchestral masterworks by Bernstein, Stravinsky, Ravel, Haydn, Verdi, Handel, and Mahler. Under his direction, the Nashville Symphony Chorus has expanded to 170 members, and recently toured Prague, Czech Republic, performing Orff’s Carmina Burana. Upcoming projects include chorus preparation for the world-premiere recording of Gabriela Lena-Frank’s Conquest Requiem (Naxos), works by Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams, and a concert in April featuring music by all female composers, including Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Mass.
A passionate advocate of music education and a veteran teacher, Biddlecombe is active in public school music programs in Nashville, working with teachers as a side-by side coach with Metro Public Schools. In 2019 he completed a residency with the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where he was honored to work with student and professional choral educators. He is in demand as a conductor and clinician, having served as a clinician to choirs in 25 states, and has conducted all-state choruses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and New York. He studied conducting under Dr. André Thomas at Florida State University.
Biddlecombe is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam and Florida State University, where he completed doctoral studies in choral conducting and music education with André Thomas. He resides in Nashville with his wife Mary Biddlecombe, who is artistic director of the Blair Children’s Chorus.