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FGCU Names Founding Director of New Music Degree Program

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces the appointment of Nancy Cobb Lippens to the position of founding director of the music degree program effective Aug. 1.

As director, Cobb Lippens develops the curriculum and prepares a proposal for approval from the FGCU Board of Trustees. Her work involves making connections with the local arts community, local high schools and donors. FGCU begins admitting freshmen fall 2006 if the curriculum process goes smoothly.

Most recently, Cobb Lippens was a professor, program head for theory and composition, and director of opera theatre at Dallas Baptist University. She worked for the Educational Testing Service as a table leader in advanced placement music theory reading and was a test development committee member for the Major Field Test in Music.

Cobb Lippens held several academic titles at Oklahoma Baptist University between 1976 and 2002 including instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor. While at OBU, she was chair of the Theory/Composition Department, conducted the University Chorale, and was ensemble coordinator. She was also named chair of the Professional Status and Standards Committee, a peer evaluation committee responsible for evaluations that lead to faculty promotion and tenure.

Cobb Lippens is a past president of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and the Shawnee High School Band Boosters. She was the founder and conductor of the Sine Nomine Singers of Shawnee.

Her other professional conducting experience includes the Stillwater Chamber Singers, Shawnee Choral Society, Oratorio Chorus and Chapel Choir. She was guest conductor for the Texas Chorale and Las Colinas Symphony, Singing Women of Texas, Tulsa Honor Chorus, Canterbury Choral Society and Oklahoma Philharmonic, among others.

She has conducted works by Handel, Bernstein, Mozart, Debussy, Verdi and Puccini, and her musical theater experience includes directing and conducting performances such as Showboat, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awarded Cobb Lippens a Special Distinction Award in the Rudolph Nissim Composition Competition in 1998 and an ASCAP Standard Award 1996 through 2004. Cobb Lippens was the Vocal Award Winner in the Delius Composition Contest in 1996 and was awarded the Director of Distinction award from the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association in 1995.

Cobb Lippens holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music in composition from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from Oklahoma Baptist University.

For more information, contact Cobb Lippens at (239) 590-7374 or

A high-resolution photograph of Nancy Cobb Lippens is available for download at­_lippens_nancy.htm

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