Dr. Nathan Payant is a devoted conductor, educator, and professional singer who strives to cultivate long-lasting connections with others through the choral arts. He has choral teaching and conducting experience at the middle school, high school, college, and professional levels. Currently, Nathan is an instructor of music at Colorado State University, where he directs the Concert Choir, mentors student teaching candidates, and teaches Voice Skills for Music Therapists, Foundations of Music Education, and Music Appreciation. He is also on the choral faculty at the University of Denver and conducts the Lamont Women’s Chorus and teaches Choral Literature.
A dedicated advocate for choral music education, Nathan is involved in NAfME, CMEA, ACDA, and CoACDA, placing special emphasis on encouraging lifelong singing. He is frequently invited to present lectures and reading sessions at state conferences, as well as visit and clinic at local high schools throughout the Front Range in Colorado. He has served on the Colorado All-State Choir Board, the Vocal Music Council of CMEA, and the Colorado ACDA Council as the Women’s Choir recruitment and retentionchair. He fully believes in promoting standards of the choral repertoire, as well as discovering and supporting newly composed works.
Nathan is a very active member of the professional choral community in Colorado. He is the music director of Fort Collins community choir, Laudamus Chamber Chorale, the co-founder and artistic director of Anima Chamber Ensemble, general manager of Colorado Bach Ensemble, and sings professionally with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and Colorado Bach Ensemble. Most recently, he discovered a new passion for composing/arranging and was honored to have his first several choral arrangements published through Hal Leonard Publishing.
A native of South Dakota, Nathan is a proud alumnus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education. He received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Nathan enjoys traveling and spending time with his beautiful wife, Natalie, and three daughters, Faythe, Ava, and Lilian.
D.M.A Choral Conducting and Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder
MU 305 Concert Choir
Fall and spring semesters
MU 100 Music Appreciation
MU 510 Online Intro to Music Ed
EDUC 493 Student Teaching Seminar