Biography of Ted Nichelson

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Ted Nichelson earned a Doctor of Arts degree in Harp Performance and Music Education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a Master of Music degree in Harp from the University of Michigan. Ted also received a Bachelor of Music in Harp from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honorary society. Currently, he is a freelance harpist in Hollywood, California and serves Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.

Ted has performed for hundreds of special events and functions throughout Southern California since 2004 at venues such as Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, the Magic Castle, the Peninsula, the Beverly Hilton, the Millennium Biltmore, the Montage, the Mission Inn, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Shutters, Calimigos Ranch, Wayfarer's Chapel, Huntington Library and Gardens, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Inn of the Seventh Ray, Greystone Manor, Castle Green, Forest Lawn, and Hollywood Forever. Television cameos playing the harp include True Blood (HBO), Honey Do (TLC), Tool Academy (VH1) and The Lazy Environmentalist (Sundance Channel) in addition to the feature film Young, Single and Angry.

Solo appearances with the Illinois Wesleyan University String Ensemble included the Handel B-flat Harp Concerto, Danses Sacrée et Profane by Claude Debussy, and Féerie: Prélude et Danse by Marcel Tournier. He also performed the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten with the IWU Chamber Singers and Hymns to the Rig Veda by Gustav Holst with the Ball State University Women's Chorus. 

Ted served as a harpist in the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Illinois State University Symphony, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and many other orchestras in the Metro-Detroit and Indianapolis areas. His primary teachers include Martha Burwell, Lynne Aspnes, and Elizabeth Richter. Ted has also studied harp with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School (Camden, Maine), Alice Spero Keene of the University of Illinois, and Ruth Myers of Eastern Michigan University. He served as a harp teaching assistant at both the University of Michigan and Ball State University, and taught harp on the faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University. Ted also has numerous solo and guest performances to his credit and played regularly for church services at College Avenue United Methodist Church, Muncie, Indiana and First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ted earned a graduate degree in Musicology from Illinois State University and a portion of his research was published in The American Harp Journal, a scholarly music periodical. He also teaches piano professionally and maintained large studios in both Ann Arbor, Michigan and Muncie, Indiana. Ted is a member of the American Harp Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

He is also the recipient of the "Pioneer Hall of Fame" award from University High School, Illinois State University.