Tess Nielsen, DMA, is a music and arts educator with research interests in technology mediation, teacher training, and the digital aesthetic. She was recently appointed as Fine Arts Director at Frederica Academy. Previous appointments include Continuo Arts Conducting Fellow (2014-2015) and Ranney School Performing Arts Director (2002-2014).

Dr. Nielsen actively researches the broad paradigm shifts in digital media and engages in publishing and national presentations. Her doctoral project, “Music Discovery, Production and Sharing Among A Group of High School Students,” followed teens as they created and shared digital media. This qualitative study focused on ways in which adolescents informally engaged with digital music in relationship to their classroom learning. She has taught as adjunct Professor at Rowan University, City University of New York, and Montclair State University. To foster professional development in arts education, Dr. Nielsen serves as an assessment rater for Pearson EdTPA, Advance Placement Testing, and the International Baccalaureate (IB©) programs.

A dynamic choral conductor, musical theater director, vocalist, and accompanist, Dr. Nielsen has performed at prestigious venues in Vienna, Munich, Washington D.C, and the New York City Metro area. With a background in contemporary and classical music, her extensive performance experience includes piano and vocal concentration, accompanying, conducting, recording and producing. While in Europe, she was a recording artist on the Teldec International label. Her first album, released in 1985, brought her into Europe’s musical spotlight, and the resulting hit single led to concert performances and television appearances throughout Europe.

Her stage credits include classical and contemporary performances for numerous theaters, concert halls, cabaret, and social events. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Nielsen sang with the Annapolis Opera, the Catholic University Opera, the Crittenden Opera Studio, and directed the Nova Trice classical music ensemble. In the New York Metropolitan area, Dr. Nielsen is in demand as a music theater director, choral conductor, teaching artist, clinician and arts adjudicator.

Her graduate degrees include a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University, Performance Diploma from Vienna Conservatory of Music, and Master of Music degree from the Catholic University of America. Her undergraduate BME is from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.