Educator

Nathan is the Director of Instrumental Commercial Music at Tiffin University in Ohio. Awarded the 2013-14 “Faculty Member of the Year”, he directs the touring group, DFX, which has visited areas throughout PA, Ohio, New York and North Carolina.

Donna Halper, credited for facilitating the exposure of the Canadian trio RUSH to American audiences in 1974, skyping a Q&A with TU's class exploring Rush and Progressive Rock's impact on culture.

Donna Halper, credited for facilitating the exposure of the Canadian trio RUSH to American audiences in 1974, skyping a Q&A with TU’s class exploring Rush and Progressive Rock’s impact on culture. (2014)

He also has assembled the TU groups Dragon Big Band and Sketchbook, has directed the University and Concert Choirs, and teaches various courses including Advanced Musicianship, Analysis of Music, Rhythm Section Methods, Pedagogy, Music Appreciation, 19th-20th Century Music History, Arts In Society, Survey of American Popular Music, and interdisciplinary cultures courses focused on the Canadian progressive rock band, Rush, and the History of Blues.

Donna Halper (who helped expose Rush's music to Cleveland in 1974) after skyping a live Q&A with TU's Rush course in fall of 2014

Donna Halper wearing her new Tiffin University shirt!

He also teaches bass, guitar, and jazz piano, and is a primary piano accompanist for ensembles and students.

He has been a private instructor for 30 years.  From 1988-1992 he maintained a studio mainly focused on guitar, bass guitar, and piano, at the Back Mountain Music Co. in Trucksville, PA.  He also was a counselor/director/instructor at the Encore Music Camp hosted by Wilkes University from 1987-1995.  He would continue instructing these instruments in addition to voice and double bass privately.

In 1998, he joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, teaching elective courses on Music History, Jazz History and Theory, which he would remain until 2000.  He also accepted an adjunct position from 1998-1999 at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus as the Instructor of Bass Studies.

Leading the IUP Bass Ensemble: with Tony Grande, Brennan Proud, and Kevin Huhn. PMEA 2011 State Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

Leading the IUP Bass Ensemble: with Tony Grande, Brennan Proud, and Kevin Huhn. PMEA 2011 State Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

 

He then joined the music faculty of Indiana University of PA in 2001, becoming tenured as Regular Part-time in 2009.  While at IUP, he was the Director of Applied Bass Studies, instructed courses in String Methods and Music Appreciation, and directed the Bass Ensemble, Jazz Band, and performed in many events involving students, faculty, and/or guest artists.  He officially resigned from his position in 2013.

 

 

He began adjunct work St. Francis University in Loretto, PA in 2005 ending in 2012, instructing private voice, piano, and guitar, and an elective appreciation course called “Explorations.”  He also became the director of the University Choir in 2010.

The SFU Singers! Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA (2012)

The SFU Singers! Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA (2012)

He has actively participated in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) events including guest conductor for District Jazz Choirs in Districts 6, 7, and 9 and District Jazz Band in District 3. He was a guest clinician in the PMEA 2011 State Conference in Pittsburgh, PA demonstrating “The Versatility of the Bass.”  The following year, he presented at the PMEA 2012 State Conference in Hershey, PA, collaborating with respected vocal educator, Elizabeth Good, in a seminar entitled, “Cooking Up Some Vocal Jazz: Appetizers to a Full Course Meal.”

He continues to be an active clinician and guest conductor for schools throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In 2016, he began instructing guitar at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

PMEA District 7 Jazz Vocal Ensemble, March 2013, Mechanicsburg, PA

PMEA District 7 Jazz Vocal Ensemble, March 2013, Mechanicsburg, PA

Leading the Tiffin University Dragon Big Band in 2016.

Leading the Tiffin University Dragon Big Band in 2016.

Clinic with Sylvania Northview High School Orchestra, OHIO, October, 2016

Clinic with Sylvania Northview High School Orchestra, OHIO, October, 2016

Conducting PMEA Cambria County Chorus, November 16, 2017, Westmont Hilltop High School, PA

Conducting PMEA District 6 Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Feb. 3, 2018, Altoona High School, PA