Dr. Nicki Bakko Toliver joined the Wartburg faculty in 2014 as Associate Director of Choral Activities & Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education. She conducts Kantorei and The Castle Singers, while teaching courses in choral music education and mentoring student teachers.
Prior to her appointment at Wartburg, Dr. Toliver was a teaching professor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minnesota where she directed the Chamber Singers and Coon Rapids Chorale while teaching courses in theory, aural comprehension, music appreciation, and fundamentals. Toliver also conducted various choral ensembles at Concordia College, Moorhead and North Dakota State University.
Regarded as a master music educator, Dr. Toliver enjoyed a distinguished career both in and out of public and private school systems in Minnesota, North Dakota, Nevada and Arizona. While teaching at the secondary level, she served as the All-State Choir chairperson for the Nevada Music Educators Association and was a yearly staff member at the René Clausen Choral School.
In addition to her work at Wartburg College, Dr.Toliver is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, church musician, applied voice instructor. She maintains professional relationships with the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education.
Dr.Toliver holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from North Dakota State University, a Master of Music degree in choral music education and conducting from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music education from Concordia College, Moorhead, where she was a proud member of The Concordia Choir.