Nicholas McBride is Adjunct Instructor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he teaches Critical Pedagogy 2 in the undergraduate curriculum. In addition to his teaching at the college, Mr. McBride has served as Director of Choral Activities at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, NJ for the past 4 years. Under his direction, the choirs have performed such masterworks as the Brahms Requiem, Carmina Burana, and Mozart Requiem at several outstanding venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Princeton University Chapel, and at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. The choirs at Clearview have also had the opportunity to collaborate with such guest conductors as Paul Head, Allen Crowell, Jonathan Griffith, Morten Lauridsen, and Joe Miller. Last season’s performances also included an exclusive appearance with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra on the stage of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
An active conductor and music educator, Mr. McBride served for seven years on the conducting faculty of Westminster Conservatory and as conductor of the Trenton Children’s Choir where he prepared the ensemble for guest conductor Bobby McFerrin and was founding conductor of the TCC High School Division. He has guest conducted several Middle School and High School honors choirs and will serve as guest conductor of the Central Jersey NJMEA Honors High School Choir for 2013. He has presented internationally on choral conducting and general music teaching techniques and has presented at both the regional and national MENC annual conferences. He is also a contributor to the text Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir published by GIA. Prior to teaching at Clearview, Mr. McBride served as a full-time faculty member in the Music Education department at Westminster where he taught undergraduate courses in Critical Pedagogy, Secondary Praxis, Choral Methods, Student-Teaching Seminar, and Music Education Laboratory. He also supervised secondary level student teachers and oversaw the college’s laboratory school. Mr. McBride is a former middle school choral director and general music specialist in the West Windsor-Plainsboro (NJ Public Schools.) He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and received his dual Masters with honors in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Northwestern University.