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Nancy Hill Cobb

Nancy Cobb Lippens, composer and conductor, is Director of the School of Music at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. At ISU her teaching responsibilities have been in both choral conducting (Masterworks Chorale) and in aural skills. In Terre Haute she also serves on the boards of the Terre Haute Symphony Association and the Terre Haute Children’s Choir.

Under her composing name of “Nancy Hill Cobb,” Cobb Lippens has published compositions with companies such as Hinshaw, Santa Barbara, Alliance, Gentry, Bourne, and Leawood Two major works published by Cobb are Threnody, for chorus and orchestra (Hinshaw, 2004) and The Seven Last Words, for chorus and chamber orchestra (1988, Leawood). Works by Nancy Hill Cobb are performed nationally and internationally. Her most recent choral publications are “Titania’s Lullaby,” published in 2010, and “Invictus,” set for release in Spring 2012. “Invictus” was the third in a series of commissions by the Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club. Other recent compositions include Opacity and Translucence for Horn and Piano (2010), Suite for Reeds (commissioned by Trio Canna, 2010), and Three Psalms for tenor, cello and piano (2011).

Prior to her position at ISU, Cobb Lippens was founding director of the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University where she grew the enrollment from zero to almost one hundred students in four years. Concurrently she held the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. Other institutions at which she served were Dallas Baptist University, where she was program head of theory and composition and opera theater director, Oklahoma Baptist University, where she was conductor of the University Chorale and chair of the Theory and Composition Department, and Mercer University. From 1998-2002 she served as founder and conductor of the Sine Nomine Singers in Shawnee, Oklahoma and as the conductor of the Stillwater Chamber Singers in 2004-2005. She also served as President of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and was named Director of Distinction by the organization in 1995. Under the direction of Cobb Lippens, the University Chorale of Oklahoma Baptist University was selected to perform at the Southwest Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Threnody was premiered at a later Southwest Division Convention.

She holds the Bachelor of Music with Honors in Theory and Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University, the Master of Music in Composition from Michigan State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Michael Hennagin. She also completed post-doctoral studies in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music.

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