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  • Jason Nicholson

    Jason Nicholson


    Associate Professor

    Contact Information

    Office Location: FA 114

    Phone: (435) 797-3008
    Email: jason.nicholson@usu.edu

    Office Hours: By appointment

    Dr. Jason Nicholson, Assistant Professor of Percussion, received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. From 2005 – 2008, he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in percussion at UNT where he taught applied lessons, percussion methods and percussion ensemble. Jason was also a featured soloist with both the Graduate Percussion Ensemble as well the Wind Symphony (under the direction of Eugene Corporan), performing at the 2006 PASIC alongside Keiko Abe and the UNT Percussion faculty. In 2006, Jason was honored with the award for The Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Percussion and also served as the principle percussionist with the UNT Wind Symphony.

    Prior to his studies at UNT, Jason was a Lecturer in Percussion at Winthrop University where he taught applied percussion, drum set, percussion methods, percussion ensemble and African drumming. He simultaneously served as the Director of Percussion Studies at Rock Hill High School where he coordinated percussion activities between the high school and the two feeding middle schools.

    Jason has been an active performer in orchestral, jazz, chamber, solo, pop and world genres throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and Charlotte metropolitan regions. He has performed with notable groups such as the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charlotte Repertory Big Band, the Charles Craig Jazz Trio and the Dallas Wind Symphony. In addition to his training on traditional Western percussion instruments, Jason has extensive experience in Afro-Cuban drumming and African Drumming.

    Jason received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He then completed a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Some of his teachers include: Dr. Michael Williams, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Ed Soph, Rick Dior, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Keith Aleo, Ed Smith, Jose Aponte and Poovalur Sriji.


    Dr. Nicholson is the Director of Percussion Studies at USU.  For information about percussion studies at USU, see http://music.usu.edu/area_of_study/WBPperfstudies and http://music.usu.edu/area_of_study/bandstudies and visit the USU Percussion Area Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/USU.Percussion/