Artistic Leaders

Musical Director

Johnny Nichols, Jr Choral Director, North Reading Community Chorale

Johnny Nichols, Jr., Artisticl Director, Ipswich River Community Chorus

Johnny Nichols, Jr., native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Performance and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting. He received his vocal, instrumental, conducting, and pedagogy training under the direction of world renowned musicians such as Dr. Byron Jones, Dr. Daniel Abraham, Louis Nabors, Dr. Claire Vangelisti, Dr. Deborah Chandler, and Jason Oby. Other notable names of personal instruction include Dr. Andre Thomas, Dr. Jeffery Ames, and Gwyneth Walker.

In addition to his role as Choral Director, Johnny is the Director of Music at Winchester Schools, Winchester, MA and is the Director of Choral Ministries at First Congregational Church, in Norwood, MA.

Johnny Nichols, Jr. Choral Director North Reading Community Chorale

Johnny Nichols, Jr.

Johnny has been sought after as a sectional director for high school honor choirs and a private vocal teacher for high schools in select Texas and Louisiana public and private schools including Houston’s High School  for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). He has served in many churches as music director where he has lead and taught adult and youth choirs and director of their instrumental programs.

His performance career includes performing chorus and supporting roles with Opera in the Heights, the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, and three years of touring with The Glenn Draper Singer and The Lake Junaluska Singers. He is also an active actor in the area of musicals, adding to his performance career of playing such notable roles as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Tom Collins in RENT, The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bobby in Cabaret, and a host of major supporting roles in The Pirates of Penzance, Hello Dolly, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell  and more. Johnny presented a world-premiere performance of The Greenest Story Ever Told, a children’s opera, at the 2008 National Opera Association conference in Washington D.C., as well as composer, Gwyneth Walker’s, Circus Days and Nights.

As a soloist, Johnny has performed major works such as Haydn’s Creation with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, Mozart’s Requiem. He has had the privilege to perform some of these major works in prestigious venues including the White House, The Kennedy Center, The Ronald Reagan Building, The Billy Graham Library, the National Cathedral, and the St Patrick’s Cathedral. Additionally, Johnny has had the honor of performing solo pieces for many dignitaries including Presidents George HW Bush, George Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

As a music director, Johnny has musically prepared musicals The Pajama Game, Urinetown, Shout!The Music Man, and many other musical theater titles. His experience expands into conducting choral, orchestral, and other instrumental ensembles both independently and combined. Directing major and smaller works, his more notable conducting credits include Robert Shaw’s The Many Moods of Christmas, Handel’s Messiah, and Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. He is the past Artistic Director of Houston’s only A capella choir jTunes.

He has served as choreographer and stage director for a number of plays and musicals as well.

Johnny is a past Director of Choral Activities at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, and served in their theater department as Musical Director. In addition, he was the Director of Choral Ministries at the Lutheran Church of the Savior, Bedford, Mass.,

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin

Accompanist

Miles Goldberg, pianist, received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. As a recipient of a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship, Mr. Goldberg continued his studies in Freiburg, Germany.

Later in the US, Miles attended the Eastman School of Music and received a Master’s degree in piano accompaniment and chamber music. He completed his Doctorate in the Collaborative Piano Program at Boston University.

Mr. Goldberg has performed in many music festivals in the United States, including in the prestigious Carnegie Hall, both as soloist and as pianist for the Huntington Piano Trio. Mr. Goldberg has also performed on tour in France and Germany with Cellist, Therese Meyer. He has served as staff pianist at the New England Conservatory and is currently a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory.

Musicians

We are frequently accompanied by strings, woodwind, and percussion. Our long-time flutist/clarinetist is David Bragdon. We draw from nearby music colleges to fill out the sound for our concerts.