Dr. Alan Nichols is professor of music at Chattanooga State, where he teaches courses in Introduction to Music, Fundamentals of Music, and piano. He is noted for his sensitive and proficient work as a collaborative musician, while still demonstrating command over many standard works of solo piano literature. He performs frequently at Chattanooga State as a soloist, accompanist, and keyboardist. His work with Chattanooga State’s music theater productions includes playing standard Broadway piano parts, electronic keyboard, and rock organ for numerous productions, including Working, Batboy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Secret Garden, and Once on This Island. Dr. Nichols has been principal keyboardist for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years. Recent highlights include an appearance as soloist with the CSO in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. He has also performed with various chamber orchestras, playing concertos by Bach and Mozart, as well as other works by Hindemith and Gerald Finzi. Dr. Nichols has been a teacher and performer at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and has served as an adjudicator for the Young Artist division of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Competition, Clavierfest Piano Competition at MTSU, the UTC Piano Arts Competition, and the Southern Adventist University Concerto Competition. Dr. Nichols has degrees from Tennessee Temple University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the University of Kentucky, where he received the Anne Robinson Accompanying Scholarship, and was chosen to perform the Liszt E-flat Major Concerto with the UK Symphony Orchestra.