Acting Assistant Professor
Nicholas McBride is Acting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he teaches courses in Critical Pedagogy, Assessment in Music Learning, Choral Methods, and supervises student teachers. His research interests include secondary choral and general music methods, social justice and gender studies in music education, and music teacher preparation. An active conductor and music educator, Mr. McBride has guest conducted several High School and Middle School honors choirs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania most recently as conductor of the 2013 Central Jersey NJMEA Honors High School Choir. He has presented internationally on choral conducting and general music teaching techniques and at both the regional and national MENC annual conferences. He is also a contributing author to the text Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir published by GIA. For six years, Mr. McBride served as conductor and founder of the Trenton Children’s Choir High School division where he was fortunate to collaborate with guest conductor Bobby McFerrin. He has served on the conducting faculty of Westminster Conservatory and as the Graduate Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Chorale, Chorus, and Singers.
Prior to teaching at the choir college, Mr. McBride served as a middle school choral and general music specialist in the NJ Public schools and most recently as Director of Choral Activities at Clearview Regional High School where he oversaw an extensive performing arts program. He was proud to make his conducting debut on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center with the Clearview Vocale Ensemble. Among other achievements, this select choir of high school students was chosen to sing on NBC television, were featured on the sound track of the documentary film, “When a door shuts, a window will open,” and appeared in concert with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra. Mr. McBride was honored to be a finalist for the 2013 New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award and as a nominee for the Grammy’s Music Educator Award. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and received his dual Masters with honors in both Choral Conducting and Music Education from Northwestern University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.