Dan Nichols - NIU - School of Music

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Dan NicholsDan Nichols

Applied Artist
Head of Recording Services
Internet 2 Multimedia Specialist

B.A., Math, Music & Physics, Northern Illinois University
M.M., Multiple Winds Performance, Northern Illinois University


Multi-wind specialist Dan Nichols joined the NIU School of Music Faculty in 2008 after finishing his master's degree at NIU. During his tenure as a graduate assistant, he completed the first significant overhaul of the recording studio since its inception.

Mr. Nichols choreographed the School of Music's inaugural Internet 2 musical telepresence session with the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center as a graduate student and has since streamlined and enhanced the school's multimedia and educational web presence through a variety of traditional and cutting edge applications. The NIU School of Music, under Mr. Nichols' guidance, specializes in the use of Access Grid, DVTS, H.323 hardware and software solutions, LOLA, ConferenceXP, JackTrip and UltraGrid.

An avid audiophile, Dan Nichols dabbles in microphone modification and repair as well as audio electronics design. Nichols has also designed and deployed a number of custom computing solutions for webcasting, video editing, musical telepresence and the NIU School of Music Recording Studio. He actively trains and manages a workforce of graduate and undergraduate student audio engineers to provide audio/visual support to the faculty and guest artists. Mr. Nichols' recordings can be found on Albany Records, AppleJazz Records, New Amsterdam Records and Mode Records, among others.

In 2010, Nichols launched Aphorism Studios, a multimedia production company geared towards hi-fidelity, unified audio and video multimedia documentarian services. Aphorism Studios is staffed exclusively by musicians and artists that have technological aptitudes and serves the larger theatre, dance and music communities onsite or in the studio. 

Technology aside, Dan Nichols can often be seen and heard on the other side of the microphone, performing in such venues as Ravinia, the Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre, McCormick Place and with Mel Brooks' The Producers. His teaching responsibilities include the Woodwind Techniques and Double Reed Techniques methods courses.