Tess Nielsen joined NCSSM in July 2023 as an Instructor of Choral Music and Drama on our Morganton campus. She is a choral and music theater educator with interests in music industry and digital media. Tess previously served as a performing arts director in independent and public schools. With a background in contemporary and classical music, her experience includes choral conducting, accompanying, recording, and producing. As a choral musician, Tess served as Continuo Arts Conducting Fellow, launched Rowan Community Music School chorus, and led Ranney School and Frederica Academy choral programs. As a music theater educator, she has directed over 25 school and community productions. Tess frequently serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator. She is active in The National Association for Music Education and holds Orff-Schulwerk certification. As a performer, she appeared in professional productions across the East Coast as well as Europe. When she’s not onstage or backstage, she and her family love the outdoors, animals, travel, and are on a quest to hear and make new songs.