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University of Southern California (Piano Performance)
New York University (Other)
Nicole has won awards including first prize in the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition, WIAA/WMEA Washington State Piano Competition, Enid Carrick Scholarship Competition, and Pasadena Fine Arts Club Competition, and prizes in the New York MTNA Competition and the Brentwood Concerto Competition. Nicole concertizes widely in her home state of Washington at venues including Benaroya Hall, Mt. Baker Theater, the Lairmont Manor, and the Performing Arts Center of Western Washington University.
Outside of Washington, she has performed at venues including Newman Recital Hall, Jeanette McDonald Hall, The Athenaeum at CalTech, Sound City Studios, and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and the Frederick Loewe Theater, A&C Piano Craft, Yamaha Salon, the Septodont Auditorium, and the West Park Presbyterian Church in New York. She is a regular performer at the Gijon International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain. Recently, she was awarded the Luso-American Foundation Scholarship which was presented at the Palacete Viscondes de Balsemão in Porto, Portugal.
Nicole received her master of music degree from NYU Steinhardt where she studied with Alexander Kobrin. While at NYU she was a member of the adjunct faculty in Piano Studies. Nicole received her bachelor of music from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Daniel Pollack.
Currently, Nicole is based in New York where she concertizes and teaches. In addition to piano, her interests include cooking and skiing.
Nicole has won awards including first prize in the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition, WIAA/WMEA Washington State Piano Competition, Enid Carrick Scholarship Competition, and Pasadena Fine Arts Club Competition, and prizes in the New York MTNA Competition and the Brentwood Concerto
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Over the course of my six years of higher education in my bachelors and masters degree, I have taken several rigorous courses in music history. These range from the antiquity of music through contemporary music. A variety of different texts were used in these courses. Exams included a listening portion, multiple choice, short answers and essays.
I have completed a Bachelor's and Master's degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California and New York University respectively. I have concertized widely throughout the United States, Spain and Portugal. I was an adjunct faculty member at NYU where I taught group piano classes and private lessons to non-major undergraduates. In addition to that, I teach at several private music schools and have my own studio. I have had over 18 years of piano experience and have intensely studied music theory, ear training, history and pedagogy.
In addition to piano, I have sung in choir for the past 12 years. I am not only experienced at working with singers but have studied vocal pedagogy in a university setting. I strive to develop healthy vocal technique among my students and offer repertoire that is most suitable to the singer's age, range and skill.