Nicola Dedmon Dean of Fine Arts

Nicola Bertoni Dedmon has been a full-time faculty member in the Fullerton College Music Department since 2015 and currently serves as Coordinator of Choral Studies, where she oversees a robust program of four different choral ensembles and conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. She has also taught Applied Voice lessons, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation. She has also served as Music Director for numerous mainstage Musical Theater productions within Fullerton College’s Theatre Department. She has also served on several different campus-wide committees and is passionate about the deep sense of community at Fullerton College.

Professor Dedmon grew up in Washington, D.C., where she began studying classical music from a young age. She eventually went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she first discovered her passion for choral music and conducting. After JMU, she began her graduate coursework at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she earned her Master of Music degree in choral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Joe Miller and Dr. Amanda Quist. While at Westminster, Professor Dedmon served as the graduate conducting assistant of the Westminster Chapel Choir. Also during her time at Westminster, she sang in the internationally-renown Westminster Choir, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and Kantorei. Through her participation in these ensembles, she performed frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic under the batons of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, Daniele Gati, Vladimir Yurowski, among others. She also spent two summers as a member of the choir-in-residence at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. Most importantly, a winter Westminster Choir tour down the coast of California caused her to fall in love with the West Coast, and more specifically, Southern California. She now happily resides in North Tustin with her husband, Nicholas Dedmon, and she is thrilled to call Fullerton College her home.