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Nicole ChamberlainDoraville, GA
Nicole Chamberlain (b. 1977) is a composer and flutist living in Atlanta, GA. In 2010, Nicole won “Audience Favorite” at the Atlanta Opera’s first 24-Hour Opera Project for her opera “Scrub-A-Dub Raw” which resulted in the the Atlanta Opera’s first ever commission of the children’s opera, “Rabbit Tales”, which received over 50 performances and kicked started her career as a composer. Nicole has also been commissioned by groups such as the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Cuatro Puntos, Dahlia Flute Duo, and Hopewell Middle School Symphonic Band among others. This year, Perimeter Flutes commissioned Nicole to compose “French Quarter” which will have its premiere at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, LA. She also won the 2013 Areon Flutes International Composition Competition which she was awarded a commission. Nicole received her Bachelors in Music Composition from University of Georgia where she studied with Dr. William Davis, Dr. Leonard Ball, Dr. Lewis Nielson and Dr. Roger Vogel and was selected for masterclasses with Charles Wuorinen and Joan Tower. Nicole, as a flutist, she has appeared with such groups as Georgia Symphony Orchestra, duoATL, Mercury Season, Terminus Ensemble, Chamber Cartel, Perimeter Flutes, neoPhonia, Bent Frequency, Capitol City Opera, and Orchestra Atlanta. Nicole has participated in Masterclasses with Bradly Garner, Paul Edmund-Davies and Dr.Gordon Cole. Nicole’s former flute teachers have included Donna Orbavich (Hong Kong Symphony), Lisa Wienhold (Alabama Symphony), Dr. Ronald Waln (University of Georgia) and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist, Christina Smith. Currently she balances her time composing, teaching students, performing, and avoiding graphic design work as much as possible. Nicole lives in Doraville with her husband, guitarist and composer Brian Chamberlain.
Ogeechee by Nicole Chamberlain
Ogeechee (2012) was inspired by the composer’s parents’ home near Richmond Hill, Georgia, which sits on Ogeechee River marshland. The Ogeechee and its major tributary, the Canoochee, flow through eastern Georgia, draining a river basin rich with wetlands, forests, farms, and cities, Statesboro and Savannah among them.
Elasticity by Nicole Chamberlain
“Elasticity” was written for Cuatro Puntos specifically for the ensemble’s 2013 Fall tour in Bolivia. The composer, who is also a flutist, has always been enviously of string players who could drastically change sounds their sound by using different bowing and plucking techniques. This composition challenges the flutist to mimic those sounds using various techniques including beat boxing and pitch bending.
Rabbit Tales excerpt by Nicole Chamberlain
The Atlanta Opera is pleased to present Rabbit Tales, a world premiere Atlanta Opera commission, for the 2011-2012 season. Based on the Br’er Rabbit stories by Joel Chandler Harris, this production is a contemporary, light-hearted opera that combines several story lines from Native American, African and Cajun Folklore. Rabbit Tales is composed by Nicole Chamberlain with libretto by Madeleine St. Romain.
Our friend and colleague Nicole Chamberlain agreed to curate a playlist inspired by the upcoming Midwest Clinic with works that she sourced from across the New Music USA platform. She...