Instructor of Music

About

  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Instructor of Music
    • Administrative Coordinator of Music Education
    • Director of the Conducting Specialization Summer Seminar
    • Director of Concert Choir
  • Concentration:

    • Choral
    • Music Education
  • Department:

    • Choir and Music
  • Education:

    • D.M.A Choral Conducting and Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder

Biography

Dr. Nathan Payant is a passionate and dedicated conductor, educator, and professional singer living in the Denver area. He has more than fifteen years of choral teaching and conducting experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels. At CSU, Nathan directs the Concert Choir and is the director of the Master of Music Education–Conducting Specialization degree program for working music educators. In addition, he teaches MU 100 — Music Appreciation, assists with various music education courses, mentors student teachers, and is the faculty advisor for two campus A cappella groups. Nathan is also on the choral faculty at the University of Denver, where he conducts the Women’s Chorus.

A devoted advocate for choral music education, Nathan is fervently involved in NAfME, CMEA, ACDA, and CoACDA, placing special emphasis on encouraging lifelong singing. He is frequently invited to present lectures and reading sessions at state conferences, as well as visit and clinic at local high schools. He has served on the Colorado All-State Choir Board, the Vocal Music Council of CMEA, and currently serves on the Colorado ACDA Council as the Women’s Choir R&R Chair. He fully believes in promoting standards of the choral repertoire, as well as discovering and supporting newly composed works.

Nathan is a very active member of the professional choral community in Colorado. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Anima Chamber Ensemble, General Manager of Colorado Bach Ensemble, and sings professionally with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Evans Choir. Nathan also enjoys regular opportunities as an honor choir clinician and music festival adjudicator throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Most recently, he discovered a new passion for composing/arranging and was honored to have his first piece of choral music published through Hal Leonard as part of the Andrea Ramsey Choral Series.

A native of South Dakota, Nathan earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Nathan enjoys traveling and spending time with his beautiful wife and three daughters.

Courses

  • MU 305 Concert Choir

    Fall and spring semesters

  • MU 100 Music Appreciation

    Fall semester

  • MU 510 Online Intro to Music Ed

    Spring semester

  • EDUC 493 Student Teaching Seminar

    Spring semester