Nicholas Matherne, currently completing his Master of Arts in Music Education, serves as the graduate assistant for the Wind Band Area at the University of Hawaii Mānoa’s Department of Music. As graduate assistant, he assists with Marching Band rehearsals/operations and concert ensemble logistics and is the social media/website coordinator for UH Bands.
Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, Nick attended James Madison University where he received a B.A. in Spanish and a B.M. in Music Education. At JMU, he served as president of NAfME Collegiate, guest conducted the University Men’s Choir, and served as the assistant pit ensemble director to the school’s production of All Shook Up.
After his undergraduate studies, Nick accepted a teaching position at Glen Burnie High School in Maryland where he taught Spanish, served as assistant marching band director, and sponsored the student chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Upon returning to Virginia, he became the Director of Music at William Monroe High School, directing the three choirs, three bands (including the award-winning Marching Dragons), and guitar ensemble. Nick also served as the Music Director (Vocal/Instrumental) for all WMHS Spring Musical Productions and was the faculty sponsor for Tri-M Music Honor Society.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities Nick has performed various Central Virginia Ensembles, including the Rapidan Orchestra, Virginia Consort Festival Chorus, and the Valley Wind Ensemble. Nick has also served as the staff arranger for the Blue Ridge Chamber Music Camp and is the current Executive Director of the Virginia Consort Choral Academy.
Nick holds memberships with the Hawai’i State Teacher’s Association (HSTA), the Hawai’i Music Educator’s Association (HMEA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).