“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
This perspective guides the way I view the role of music. In every interaction, rehearsal, and performance I strive to create a comfortable, safe, engaging, and exciting environment for learning. If we begin to focus on the process of making music and the people we are creating music with, the final product will come naturally. The life lessons, strategies, skills, and emotional experiences we are able to have through music are unmatched. It is my true belief that through choral music we can impact lives, develop positive coping skills, promote social change, encourage emotional expression, and create an affirming and safe space for all members of our communities.
Nicholas Sienkiewicz (he/him/his) is a conductor, music director, and researcher currently based in NYC. Nick has studied conducting under Dr. Chris Albanese, Dr. Betsy Burleigh, Dr. Dominick DiOrio, and Professor Walter Huff at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to this, Nicholas studied with Professor Austin McWilliams, and sang under the tutelage of Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams at Western Michigan University. His work with youth includes positions as the Chorus Director with the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus’ Coro De Niños, Head of the Voice Department at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and his current position as Children’s Chorus Director with the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington. As a conductor in the community setting, Nick has worked with the Bloomington Chamber Singers, and previously led and organized the inaugural Kalamazoo Community Grand Chorus, a 200-member ensemble composed of five different community choruses in Southwest Michigan. For the last five years, Nick has served as the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Southwest Michigan. At the graduate level, Nick has had the privilege of working as the Assistant Conductor with the Indiana University Vocal Chamber Ensembles, the Grammy-Nominated Singing Hoosiers, along with the Assistant Director of All Campus Chorus.
Nick’s work and research as a scholar is focused in the psychological and brain sciences and specializes in developing trauma-informed environments that result in safe, challenging, and engaging choral spaces. Nick’s research has been presented at multiple international and national conferences including the European Association for Music in Schools, the College Music Society, and the American Choral Director’s Association. An active author, Nick has two articles published in the Choral Journal. With a foot dipped in musicology, Nick has a particular interest in psycho- and queer musicology. In 2021, Nick was deemed a finalist in the Jacobs School of Music, Celebrating Diversity Competition with his paper Of Rage and Remembrance: The Inclusion of Queer Repertoire into the American Musical Canon.
As a vocalist, Nick has sung as a soloist in countless choral and theatrical works including Bach’s Christ Lag in Todesbanden, Corgiliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance, and as Matthew Shepard in Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard. He has sung in renowned choral ensembles including the University Chorale of Western Michigan University, and NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Most recently, Nick premiered the tenor solo of Moira Smiley’s Wire You Here at the American Choral Director’s Association Midwest Conference. Nick maintains an active voice studio, focused in developing versatile vocal artists, specializing in classical, musical theatre, and CCM vocal techniques.
No stranger to musical theatre, Nick’s work in the theatrical world represents a significant part of his musical history. An accomplished Pianist and Music Director, Nick has worked in theatres at the regional level, including Timber Lake Playhouse, Farmers Alley Theatre, and the Barn Theatre. Nick has also had the opportunity to work in higher education, assisting and music directing shows at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University. Most recently, Nick worked as a resident Music Director at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, where he music directed nine shows in a single summer, some of which included the Amateur Premiere of The Other Josh Cohen, the acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants, and the world premiere of Bean a Long Day. Nick serves both the Michigan Thespian Festival and the International Thespian Festival yearly as a guest adjudicator in Musical Theatre Performance.
Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree both with Honors, from Western Michigan University. Nick recently completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he held both the Margaret E Hillis and Thomas R. Kasdorf Choral Conducting Fellowship.