Maestro Gary Nicholson

Gary Nicholson, music director of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association and conductor of its top orchestra, co-founded the organization in 1980. Mr. Nicholson came to Colorado Springs in 1976 after graduating from Wichita State University with degrees in Music Education and Performance.

As a trumpeter, Mr. Nicholson has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado Opera Festival, the Colorado College Conservatory of Music, Music Theater of the Rockies, and the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra among others. Mr. Nicholson has served as a guest conductor/clinician in Wisconsin, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Japan, and Australia. Mr. Nicholson has led the Youth Symphony on tours to New York City, Washington D.C., Japan, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, China, and other cities. In 2000, the Youth Symphony received First Place in the Full Orchestra category at the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.

In addition to his work with the Youth Symphony, Mr. Nicholson is a strong proponent of music education. In 2009, Mr. Nicholson was selected by the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance as one of the top 100 “residents whose vision and actions have made a difference in the development of this great city from 1871 to 2009”. In 2010 and 2015, Mr. Nicholson was the Keynote Speaker for Tri-M members at the annual Colorado Music Educators Association conference.