School of Music

Brenda Nitsch

BIOGRAPHY

Brenda Nitsch recently retired from Webster Thomas High School where she directed Concert Choir, Chorale, Select Choir and Barrel of Monkeys T/B Choir, and taught beginning and advanced voice classes. She directed and produced the annual spring musical and served as Lead Teacher for the music department.

Under the direction of Mrs. NItsch, Webster Thomas High School soloists and ensembles performed regularly at school, community, NYSSMA and NAfME sponsored events. Past performance highlights include NYSSMA Major Organization (gold with distinction), NYSSMA Winter Conference, NAfME All-Eastern Conference (Rhode Island), New York State Board of Education Convention, RPO Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban (film with orchestra and choir), The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Riverside Church (NYC), Salem United Methodist Church (NYC) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC). Select Choir performed/collaborated with several collegial ensembles and directors including Eastman School of Music, Houghton College, SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth College. Mrs. Nitsch’s students were consistently chosen to represent Thomas High School in NYSSMA Area All-State and Conference All-State choirs as well as in NAfME All-Eastern and All-National ensembles.

Mrs. Nitsch has served as guest clinician/presenter at college workshops and NYSSMA conferences, guest conducted several senior high and junior high all-county choirs, and for eight years co-taught the Eastman School of Music Secondary Choral Methods class with Dr. Philip Silvey. In 2008 Mrs. Nitsch was the recipient of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Outstanding Musician Educator Award in Choral Music.

Currently Mrs. NItsch is the alto soloist at Asbury United Methodist Church and sings in the Rochester vocal chamber ensemble, Madrigalia. She enjoys yoga, kayaking, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Nitsch holds a Bachelor of Music from Marywood University, a Master of Science in Music Education from Mansfield University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastman School of Music.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Student Teaching Supervisor

Education

  • Eastman School of Music, M.M.
  • Mansfield University, MS.Ed.
  • Marywood University, B.M.