Vanderbilt choral director to make Carnegie Hall debut

Carnegie Hall (Photo courtesy of MidAmerica Productions)
Tucker Biddlecombe (Vanderbilt)

Tucker Biddlecombe, associate professor of choral studies at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, will make his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall Sunday, Feb. 17. He will helm Morten Lauridsen’s modern-day classic Lux Aeterna.

The production will include singers from Blair’s Children’s Chorus Program, specifically the Young Men’s Chorus, who will join with choristers from five states. They will be accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

The production is part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th annual concert season.

Blair Young Men’s Chorus (Vanderbilt)

“For me, debuting at Carnegie Hall is an indescribable honor,” Biddlecombe said. “When I began graduate school, my stepfather placed a photo of Carnegie Hall in a wood frame he crafted—and it’s sat on my office shelf ever since. It’s always served as a motivation for me, and this will be a dream come true for our whole family.”

Mary Biddlecombe (Vanderbilt)

Biddlecombe is director of choral studies at Blair, where he conducts the Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir. He also serves as director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, the official vocal arm of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Biddlecombe is artistic director of the Blair Children’s Chorus Program.

She is involved with each of the program’s six graded choirs and teaches courses at Vanderbilt as well as Belmont University.