Professor Springer is an advocate of school and community arts and has experience at the national and local levels. As Executive Director of The Youth Orchestras of Fairfax for nearly three years, she led the young organization in developing its mission, vision, and goals. She helped the organization grow by creating professional marketing materials, increasing grant funding, and promoting unique student performance opportunities, including annual musician retreats.
In program management positions at The National Association for Music Education, where she worked for seven years, she produced several national programs, including the annual World’s Largest Concert®. Hosted by the Oak Ridge Boys and reaching an estimated 6 million students, teachers, and music supporters, the 2006 sing-along concert received a TELLY award, which honors outstanding local, regional, and national cable TV programs. She worked with other celebrities, including Florence Henderson, on subsequent TV productions. In addition to serving as executive producer and writer for the annual concerts, she managed performances and educational programs in varied venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Music Education Week in Washington conferences, and Washington, D.C., area public schools.
Ms. Springer produced the Liberty for All: A Musical Journey interactive CD, featuring music by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and narration by President George H.W. Bush. She has worked with VH1, PBS, NPR, and Nintendo on several curriculum projects and created My Music Class®. This online lesson plan database with audio and video capabilities for music educators won the 2008 Web Marketing Association’s Education Standard of Excellence award. Ms. Springer has written successful grant proposals to the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the National Endowment for the Arts, and managed a fundraiser for charity that raised $100,000 in just one month.
Professor Springer is a violinist and performs regularly with the Annandale Symphony and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. She has performed at the Capitol Building, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Strathmore Music Center.
BA, University of Mary Washington
MA George Mason University
Doctor of Arts in Higher Education Administration (In Progress)
Springer, Nicole. “A Review of “Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music,” by Angela Myles Beeching.” The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. 41, no. 4 (2011): 285-88. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10632921.2011.628239#.VCBlmPldVrk.
Grant Panelist – Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts
Grant Panelist – Arts Council of Fairfax County
Grant Panelist – Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council
Member – Americans for the Arts
Member – Association of Arts Administration Educators
TELLY Award Winner, Executive Producer, 2006 World’s Largest Concert
Outstanding Achievement Award, George Mason University
AMGT 405 Seminar in Arts Management
AMGT 410 Arts Advocacy and Community Engagement
AMGT 599 Directed Reading/Project