Charles Nichols has been appointed an assistant professor of composition and music technology in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Nichols is one of 14 new faculty members at the college this fall. These new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. More than 70 full-time permanent faculty members have been added to the college in the past three years under the leadership of Dean Sue Ott Rowlands.

Nichols composes acoustic and electroacoustic music and researches computer-music instrument design and telematic musical performance. At Virginia Tech, he is leading the Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) and teaching courses in computer-music programming.

A violinist and computer music researcher as well as a composer, Nichols has received support from a number of programs, including the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His compositions and research have been presented at conferences and festivals around the world.

He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, as well as degrees from Eastman School of Music and Yale University.