Dr. Nicole Lamartine became Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming in 2008. She conducts the Collegiate Chorale, The UW Singing Statesmen, advises the male a cappella Happy Jacks, and teaches conducting and applied voice.
Lamartine is becoming a resource for men’s choir singing, having led The UW Singing Statesmen to prominence with their NW-ACDA and NW-NAfME performances and with her research on female leaders of male choirs. In addition to the 2017 Oregon All-State Men’s Choir, she conducted the 2014 NW ACDA Men’s Honor Choir in Seattle and most recently, the 2017 Association for Music in International Schools Men’s Honor Choir in Abu Dhabi. She is slated to be the Minnesota TTBB All-State conductor in 2018.
She is in demand as a conductor and clinician across the US, China, Europe, and the Middle East. Recent conducting engagements include the 2014 DoDDS All-Europe Honor Choir in Wiesbaden, Germany, the TAISM Mixed Honor Choir in Muscat, Oman, and All-State choirs in Washington, Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming.
Under her leadership, choirs of the University of Wyoming have been invited to perform at the 2017, 2015 and 2011 NW National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conferences, the 2012 Northwest American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference, and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) national conference. The UW Collegiate Chorale was the only choir invited from the US to compete in the 2017 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain.
Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed premiere performances and recordings of music by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Forrest Pierce, John Muehleisen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Libby Larsen, and Craig Hella Johnson.
Dr. Lamartine has presented her research on the voice, conducting men’s choirs, and anatomy for conductors at national and regional conferences of ACDA, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Association for Music Education. In 2016, she was selected to participate in a 6-day Human Dissection course to study human anatomy.
As a professional vocal musician, Lamartine has sung as a regular member of the Grammy®-nominated Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Colorado Bach Ensemble. While living in England she sang with the choruses of the London BBC and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, performing across Europe and the UK. She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels including Harmonia Mundi and Chandos.
In 2014, Dr. Lamartine was chosen as one of seven conductors from the US to participate in the International Conductor Exchange program to China. She travelled to Beijing to conduct choirs and present conducting and vocal masterclasses with students from China Conservatory. She travelled there again in 2016, maintaining a teaching relationship with the Conservatory and other choral professionals throughout Beijing.
In service to the American Choral Directors association, she has acted as Wyoming ACDA President, as chair of the 2011 National ACDA Women’s Choir and as co-chair of the 2009 National ACDA Collegiate Chamber Choir. Currently, she serves as President of the Northwest division.
She holds the BM degree in Vocal Performance from New Mexico State University as well as an MM in Vocal Performance and the DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona.