Nicole Lamartine
Sorensen Director of Choral Music
Office Location

Music Building 2325

Office Hours

By appointment


  • Choral Music
  • Conducting
  • Voice


Nicole Lamartine strives in every musical experience to illuminate meaning and impact of the commonalities of being human. She is passionate about creating innovative, engaging, diverse, and meaningful choral performances for ensemble members and audiences alike. As the Sorensen Director of Choral Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Lamartine conducts the flagship choir, UCSB Chamber Choir, integrates relevancy into graduate choral studies at the MM and DMA levels for 21st century conductors, and teaches studio conducting and voice.

As a clinician and guest conductor of three international honor choirs and nine All-State choirs, Dr. Lamartine seeks to positively impact the next generation of choral musicians all over the world. An avid champion for music education, she has headlined music conferences in the US and Hong Kong and is a recognized expert in females conducting male choirs, rehearsal technique, and anatomy and movement for conductors. Her YouTube channel, “The Choral Eye,” contains self-produced videos written as a resource for choral musicians and educators. Dr. Lamartine has had abundant opportunity to commission and premiere new works from leading composers. It is imperative to bring the experience to her students of bringing a new piece to life under the guidance of the living composer.

She conducts Chor Anno (Washington) providing choral music educators in the NW a creative outlet for ensemble singing. An active performer, she has sung professionally with Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Colorado Bach Ensemble.

As a voice teacher committed to building marketable skill, Dr. Lamartine’s students have been admitted to prestigious doctoral programs and sung on stages in Europe and the US. She is an active vocal adjudicator and has given masterclasses across the US.

Prior to joining the UCSB faculty, from 2008-2020 Dr. Lamartine was Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming where her choirs were honored to sing at several national and regional conferences and where she won the University of Wyoming’s highest teaching award, the Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching.

In service to the profession, Dr. Lamartine has served the American Choral Directors Association as President of the Northwestern region. She holds world, national, and state records in powerlifting, demonstrating that creativity is intertwined with strength of body and mind.

International Conducting

2018 TAISM Honor Choir, Muscat, Oman

2017 UW Collegiate Chorale in the Tolosa Choral Contest, Spain

2017 AMIS Men’s Honor Choir, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2016 Visiting Conductor, Beijing Conservatory, China

2014 DoDDS Mixed Honor Choir, Wiesbaden, Germany

2014 Visiting Conductor, International Conductor Exchange Program, Beijing, China

Conference Headliner

2020 Conference Headliner, AMIS Music Educators conference, Hong Kong

2020 Washington Music Educators Association, Yakima

All-State and Regional Conducting

2021 Idaho Mixed All-State Choir

2020 Oregon Middle TB All-State Choir

2019 Colorado Middle TB All-State Choir

2018 Minnesota TTBB All-State Choir

2017 Oregon Men’s All-State Choir

2017 Alaska Mixed All-State Choir

2016 Washington SSAA All-State Choir

2016 Montana Mixed All-State Choir

2014 NW ACDA Men’s Honor Choir, Seattle

2014 Wyoming Mixed All-State Choir

Commissions and Premiers by:

Craig Hella Johnson

Libby Larsen

Jennifer Higdon

Gerard Schwarz

Forrest Pierce

Gabriela Lena Frank

John Muehleisen

Karen Thomas

Conference performances with University of Wyoming Choirs

2020, NW ACDA: Collegiate Chorale

2017, NW NAfME: Collegiate Chorale

2015, NW NAfME: The UW Singing Statesmen

2012, NW ACDA: The UW Singing Statesmen

2011, NCCO: Collegiate Chorale

2011, NW NAfME: Collegiate Chorale

Research Interests

Anatomy and Physiology

Mental Focus

Rehearsal Technique

Females Conducting TTBB (Men’s) Choirs

Professional Singing


Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Colorado Bach Ensemble


President, NW American Choral Directors Association (2016-20180

President, Wyoming ACDA (2009-2013)

National Board, National Collegiate Choral Organization



  • DMA in Choral Conducting (minor in Voice), University of Arizona
  • MM in Voice, University of Arizona
  • BM in Voice, New Mexico State University