University of Redlands

Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Nicholle Andrews D.Mus. is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands. Under her direction, the choral ensembles at the university have performed at both national and international festivals. She is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician.

Nicholle has worked with composers Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, alcides lanza and Krystoph Penderecki, and eminent conductors Bramwell Tovey, Sir David Willcox, Bobby McFerrin, Toñu Kaljuste, Georg Titner, Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn.

In January 2013, Andrews created the University of Redlands Youth Choir as a training program for both children from surrounding communities, and music education students at the university. The program is now in it's second season and has grown in numbers allowing the creation of a training chorus (ages 5-8) as a feeder ensemble for the youth choir (ages 9-16).

Nicholle completed her doctorate and master's in choral conducting at McGill University where she studied with Professor Iwan Edwards, Dr. John Baboukis, and Dr. Julian Wachner. She completed her Bachelors of Music in oboe performance, and music education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied conducting with Dr. Douglas Dunsmore.

John Walsh has been the Omer E. Robbins Chaplain at the University of Redlands since 1998. Rev. Walsh also directs the Jameson Center for the Study of Religion and Ethics and is a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies. Prior to Redlands, John served as the Senior Minister of the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC (1994-1998). Before that he was the Dean of the Chapel at Middlebury College in Vermont (1986-1994), Baptist Chaplain and Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Princeton University (1977-1986), Baptist Chaplain at Harvard University (1975-1977), and Baptist Chaplain at the University of California at Berkeley (1973-1975). Mr. Walsh did his graduate work in Ethics at Harvard Divinity School and is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. In Redlands, John was the Co-Chair of Yes on Measure R, the bond issue to build the new high school. He is also the Chair of the City of Redlands Human Relations Commission and is a member of the Board of the Christian Counseling Services in Redlands. He is currently on the Measure R School Bond Citizen’s Oversight Committee and is the past Chair of the Measure M School Bond Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

Joseph Modica is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and the Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA where he conducts three choirs and oversees an active music program. He has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Chapman University, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral methods, and conducted both select and non-auditioned choirs. He has held adjunct teaching positions at Biola University and Chapman University. Dr. Modica earned a Bachelor of Music degree in conducting from Chapman University, a Master of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He has studied conducting with William Hall, William Dehning, Larry Livingston, Jonathan Talberg, Lynn Bielefelt and Magen Solomon. He has participated in masterclasses with Vance George and Rodney Eichenberger, in addition to a summer workshop in Varna, Bulgaria. Dr. Modica has studied voice with Louis Lebherz, Patrick Goeser, Margaret Dehning, Marvellee Cariaga, and Peter Lightfoot.

Dr. Modica is the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp where he recently conducted Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Bach’s Magnificat, Bernstein’s Chichester Pslams, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has also taught at the Summer Fine Arts Camp at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where his duties included conducting the concert choir, middle school choir, jazz choir, private voice lessons, and conducting the musical.

Jeffrey H. Rickard served as Associate Professor of Music from 1970 and Director of Choral Activities from 1980. He is founder-director of the Community Chorus of Redlands and Minister of Music to Trinity Episcopal Church. For over twenty years Mr. Rickard regularly participated as accompanist and arranger to Kevin Blandford, bagpipes, in the presentation of music for organ and bagpipes both here in Redlands and during the Christmas season on the East Coast. He is a published choral composer and is currently represented with several compositions in the catalogue of Sacred Music Press of Lorenz Industries.

J. William Jones joined the University of Redlands as Adjunct Professor of Church Music in 1945 and two years later, in 1947, offered the first presentation of the Feast of Lights on campus. Mr. Jones was director of the Feast of Lights until 1970.