Professor of Music
B.A. Portland State University
M.M. University of Cincinnati
D.M.A. Rutgers University
Nan Childress Orchard received a D.M.A. in Piano from Rutgers University, an M.M. in Vocal Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. from Portland State University. She is an Associate Professor of Music at Caldwell University, and chair of the music department, where she has taught since 2001.
During her graduate work at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Childress was introduced to the developing field of scholarship in the history of women composers by one of the pioneers in the field, Karin Pendle. Since that time she has performed many works by women on the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, including a performance of the Keyboard Concerto in E-flat Major, by Maria Hester Park on a replica of an 18th-century piano. Solo and chamber performances across the country have included music by Libby Larsen, Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, Catherine LeDuc Hostetler, Koren Cowgill and Nkeiru Okoye. In an effort to support the work of women composers she has commissioned and performed works by New Jersey women composers. One of the pieces is featured on the Beauport Classics CD In Concert: Composers in Collaboration.