Matthew Nichols is an upcoming percussionist currently performing in South Florida. He maintains the percussion studio, teaching privately, directing the percussion ensemble, instructing the percussion pedagogy class, and being on staff as the percussion caption head for the Marching Owls.
Before living in Florida, he spent time working as an instructor at multiple high schools and middle schools in the Greater Richmond area while also maintaining a successful studio of private students. As a performer, he performed with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Wind Band, School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), and was invited as a guest soloist for the Richmond Symphony's Youth Orchestra 50 year Gala Celebration. He also performed with many jazz ensembles, show choirs, and pop music groups, such as Moruza and McBeth.
While in South Florida, Mr. Nichols has had the opportunity to work with the Miami Symphony Youth Orchestra and perform with the Miami Symphony, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Grand Opera, and the New World Symphony. He is very excited to be teaching with such wonderful and talented musicians here at Florida Atlantic University.
Mr. Nichols holds a Bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied under Justin Alexander, Peter Martin, Jim Jacobson, William Messerschmidt, Brian Jones and Tony Martucci. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Miami, where his teachers were Svet Stoyanov, Matthew Strauss, and John Yarling.