Charles Nichols

Charles Nichols

Assistant Professor - Music Technology, Composition

Composer, violinist, and computer music researcher, Charles Nichols is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology and works with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). 

His compositions, including acoustic and electroacoustic music, for large and chamber ensembles, and fixed media, accompanying dance and animation, have been presented at conferences and festivals. 

His research has included telematic musical performance over Internet2, haptic musical human-computer interface design, and wavelet audio analysis and resynthesis.

Contact Me

(540) 231-8502
242-N Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Technology and Composition
  • Production/Research Areas: ICAT & L2ork
  • Teaching Areas: Computer Music & Multimedia

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.M., Yale University School of Music
  • B.M., Eastman School of Music

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process?

As a composer, the most satisfying moment of my artistic process is when the music starts to assert itself, leading the organization of the piece.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

That moment during a lecture, when a student lights up with understanding, gives me the most satisfaction as a teacher.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Persistence or perseverance is the most important quality for any artist, especially for students and young artists.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) and as a Research Assistant at Haskins Laboratories at Yale University 
  • Served as the Interim and Associate Technical Director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University 

Honors & Awards

  • Has received grant support from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts

Sample Work

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