ABOUT NICK SIENKIEWICZ
Where Science Meets Music
Nicholas Sienkiewicz grew up in the humble town of Romeo, Michigan where he lived with his parents, and his brother Tyler. Growing up, Nick took piano and voice lessons, and was heavily involved in the theatre. He served many community roles, both in his school, and in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. In 2017, he graduated from Romeo High School, and completed his Associate's Degree from Macomb Community College. He graduated with his B.S. in Biochemistry and B.M.A. in Voice from Western Michigan University in 2020.
Nick has been passionate about working with youth in music and theatre ever since his high school years. He has attended arts camps, such as Solo and Ensemble Festival, Honors Band, Michigan Thespian Festival, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. For the past three years, he has served as a judge for the Michigan Thespian Festival in the Musical Theatre Category. He has worked as a Pianist and a Music Director at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Timber Lake Playhouse, the Barn Theatre, and Farmers Alley. He has also served as a Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, and held the position of Choir Director for the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus for the 2019-2020 academic year.
On his sciency side, Nick has worked as a Supplemental Instructor for various organic chemistry courses, along with holding the position of Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. From 2018-2020, he worked in the Teske Research Lab at Western Michigan University, focused on small molecule synthesis and cell-based assays. Nick also worked as an Analytical Vaccinology intern for Zoetis Inc. His most recent role was as a Camp Leader for the American Chemical Society's Project SEED Program.
He will be attending Indiana University Bloomington in the Fall to pursue his Master of Music in Choral Conducting along with participating in Indiana University's Music and Mind Lab as a researcher. Nick is known for his energetic and engaging personality. He loves dogs, especially corgis, and enjoys going to concerts, along with spending time with friends and family.
Nick has a particular interest in understanding the relationship and effect of vulnerability within choral music. Choral singing is inherently social, and the voice is extremely personal. Leaning into vulnerability in choral singing allows us to feel more connected to the music, and with others. Nick is specifically focused on methods and tactics to encourage vulnerability in the choral classroom, along with learning how that may contribute to the music-making process. Furthermore, focusing on what tools can be used by the instructor in order to generate the trusting relationships necessary for vulnerability to occur. He is interested in understanding the connection between our own biological, physiological, and psychological processes and how those are affected by the choral art form. Ultimately, Nick hopes to develop and refine instructional and activity-based practices that can support this in a choral classroom, allowing instructors and students alike to benefit from the development of positive coping mechanisms.