Tina Nicholson, Professor of Music, teaches oboe at Millikin University. She has been principal oboist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra since 1987, and performs with the Millikin Faculty Woodwind Quintet. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and taught oboe at Beloit College before coming to Millikin in 1987. She has performed with The Danville Symphony as principal for numerous years, the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival, the Illinois Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, the Madison Symphony, substituted with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, finished the 2001 tour (11 concerts) with the Moscow State Orchestra, and is a frequent soloist in the central Illinois area.
During her sabbatical in fall of 1999, she wrote a piece: Moments from Women which was premiered by Nancy Ambrose- King at the International Double Reed Society Convention in Buenos Aires in August of 2000. In April of 2007 she was invited to perform a recital on the Society of Russian Oboists Series in Moscow, Russia. Professor Nicholson won the Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007, and was a recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award, 2008. In addition to teaching oboe, she is coordinator of Music Theory and Ear Training, teaches freshman theory, ear training, woodwind methods, coaches chamber groups and is a frequent professor of EDGE and the Honors programs.