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Richard Nance


Richard Nance spent a 30-year career at Pacific Lutheran University (1992-2022), where he conducted the Choir of the West, University Singers and Choral Union. After retiring from PLU, Nance has continued as the conductor of the PLU Choral Union. Nance’s choirs have performed at two ACDA National Conferences, six ACDA Division Conferences, the 2011 Harmonie Festival in Lindenholzhausen, Germany (two gold awards and one silver), the 2014 Florence International Choral Festival (winner in two categories and for outstanding conductor), the 2015 Anton Bruckner Choral Competition in Linz, Austria (winner in two categories and the Anton Bruckner award), and at the 2015 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference. Nance received the 2011 and 2013 “American Prize” for Choral Conducting, and the 2013-2014 Faculty Excellence Award for Research at PLU. He has served ACDA as Washington state and Northwestern Division president, and received leadership and service awards from both organizations. Nance’s choral works are published by Walton Music, Hinshaw Music and Colla Voce Music. He composed the prestigious Raymond W. Brock Commission (2002) for the American Choral Directors Association.


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