Mr. Nichter is currently the Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He serves the School of Music as the Director of the Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy, Director of the Concert Band, Assistant Director of the 360-member Sudler Award-winning "Pride of West Virginia," the Mountaineer Marching Band and the 70-member Basketball Pep Band, and Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. In addition, Mr. Nichter instructs Music Arranging for Public School Groups, Fundamentals of Conducting, Conducting and Score Interpretation, and private conducting and band repertory study.
Guest conducting appearances have included high school All-County Bands in West Virginia counties Boone, Fayette, Harrison, and Wyoming, and the Region One Middle School Honor Band in Wheeling. Other appearances have occurred with high school bands and honor groups in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Ensembles ranging in size and stature from the WVU Marching Band to small, rural high school bands have performed his arrangements and drill for marching band and he serves as an active adjudicator and clinician.
Mr. Nichter possesses a Master of Music in Conducting degree with interest in wind band/ensemble literature and a Bachelor of Music in Education degree, Magna Cum Laude, both from West Virginia University. He has studied conducting with John Hendricks, Kathleen Shannon, Don Wilcox, Harvey Felder, and Lawrence Christianson. Prior to his present appointment at WVU, Mr. Nichter served as the Graduate Assistant for the WVU Bands and the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland. His teaching responsibilities at Fort Hill included an extremely active and successful concert and marching band program as well as jazz, percussion, and string ensembles.
Mr. Nichter was a four-year member of the WVU Marching Band as an undergraduate, and he earned the distinction of being named the ensemble’s Outstanding Section Leader (tuba) in 2002. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Big 12 Band Directors Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, West Virginia Music Educators Association, American Federation of Teachers (AFT-Monongalia), and Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors. He is an honorary Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi (Omicron 2007), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Epsilon Sigma 2013), and Phi Beta Mu (Tau 2016).