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Biography

Nicole DiPaolo
Nicole Elyse DiPaolo (b. 1986) is a versatile composer, pianist, and scholar originally hailing from Northville, Michigan. Currently a PhD candidate in Music Theory at Indiana University, she also completed a doctoral minor in composition at IU, having studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider. She also holds a B.Mus. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, where she studied composition with Bright Sheng and piano with Louis Nagel and Michele Cooker.

Nicole's music has been heard across the world: along with numerous performances in the Midwest, her commissioned song settings of Muscogee poet laureate Alexander Posey's texts have been performed at Shorter College (GA) and Lincoln University (PA), and the Smithsonian Institution procured copies of two of these (Nature's Blessings and A Vision) to archive at the National Museum of the American Indian. Additionally, Nicole's viola duo Three Episodes was featured at Ball State University's 40th Annual New Music Festival in February 2010. Her early compositions have been garnering interest as well: music students in Kenya performed several of Nicole's such pieces in May 2013 through a pedagogical project spearheaded by IU opera coach Kimberly Carballo. Most recently, Nicole's music received its Mexican premiere in October 2013 with a performance of her Divertimento, written for the International String Quartet of Yucatán.

Alongside her compositional and scholarly pursuits, Nicole continues to perform widely, having recently completed two contracts aboard Holland America cruise ships as a collaborative pianist of the Duo del Mare (with violinist Amy Schlicher). Additionally, she maintains a private piano studio for teens and adults, continuing a teaching lineage that can be traced through Béla Bartók (a great-grand-instructor) to Franz Liszt and Beethoven. Her principal teachers include Michele Cooker, Louis Nagel, Joanne Smith, Kelley Benson, and Alan Huckleberry; she has also had the pleasure of undertaking additional coaching with Menahem Pressler, Waleed Howrani, Christopher Harding, Donald Morelock, John Ellis, and the late Eugene Bossart.

The following short bios may be used for theory, composition, or performance-related events as necessary:

Short Bio - Music Theory

Nicole DiPaolo is a PhD candidate in music theory at Indiana University, where she was an Associate Instructor for five years. She also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master's from IU. Nicole's previous conference presentations span over 400 years of tonality (from Giovanni Gabrieli to Rachmaninoff) and have been presented in the US and internationally. Her other research interests include music theory pedagogy; perception and cognition; form and phrase structure; partimento and schema theory; and the Romantic-era composer Giovanni Sgambati. Nicole is still active as a pianist and composer, and she spent the 2013-2014 academic year touring Europe and the Americas as half of the Duo del Mare violin and piano ensemble, living and performing on board two Holland America cruise ships.

Short Bio - Composition

Nicole Elyse DiPaolo (b. 1986) is a composer, collaborative pianist, and music theorist whose "Viri Galilaei" has been praised as "some of the finest choral writing...by anyone of [her] generation" (Gary Noland, composer and former instructor at Harvard). Currently a PhD candidate in music theory at Indiana University, she recently completed a doctoral minor in composition, having studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider. She also holds a B.Mus. from the University of Michigan, where she studied composition with Bright Sheng and piano with Louis Nagel. Nicole's music has been heard across the world. along with numerous performances in the Midwest, her commissioned song settings of Muscogee poet laureate Alexander Posey's texts have been performed at Shorter College (GA) and Lincoln University (PA), and the Smithsonian Institution procured copies of two of these (Nature's Blessings and A Vision) to archive at the National Museum of the American Indian. Additionally, Nicole's viola duo Three Episodes was featured at Ball State University's 40th Annual New Music Festival in February 2010. Her early compositions have been garnering interest as well: music students in Kenya performed several of Nicole's such pieces in May 2013 through a pedagogical project spearheaded by opera coach Kimberly Carballo.Nicole's music also received its Mexican premiere in October 2013 with a performance of her Divertimento, written for the International String Quartet of Yucatan.

Most recently, Nicole published a set of twenty short pedagogical pieces in uncommon keys, entitled Venturing Beyond, for late-beginner pianists of all ages, available on SheetMusicPlus and MusicaNeo.Also a sought-after teacher and adjudicator, Nicole has twice judged regional and divisional MTNA composition competitions at all levels, ranging from elementary to college-level Young Artists, while also serving as the chair of the composition department at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 2014.

Short Bio - Piano

Praised as a "sensitive pianist" and "outstanding accompanist" who delivers "powerful interpretations," Nicole Elyse DiPaolo is a versatile musician and scholar based out of Northville, Michigan and Bloomington, Indiana. She began formal music study at age 5, and within two years she had already won prizes in area Federation and National Piano Guild competitions. At age 10 she enrolled in the University of Michigan's preparatory piano program, and she performed her first full solo recital at age 11; additionally, she spent three summer sessions at the All-State Piano Program at Interlochen, where she won awards in music theory and piano literature. Nicole holds a B.Mus in Music Theory from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied piano under Michele Cooker and Louis Nagel; she also studied composition with Bright Sheng and basso continuo/harpsichord accompaniment with Edward Parmentier. In 2006 and 2007, Nicole appeared as a concerto soloist with the Ambassador Chamber Players, featuring works of J. S. Bach and Mozart alongside two performances of her own Piano Trio in C minor. Following her graduation from Michigan, Nicole completed an MM in Music Theory from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she has recently become a PhD candidate in the same field. Alongside her graduate work, Nicole continues to perform widely in the Bloomington area; additionally, she maintains a private piano studio for teens and adults, continuing a teaching lineage that can be traced through Bela Bartok (a great-grand-instructor) to Franz Liszt and Beethoven. Her principal teachers include Michele Cooker, Louis Nagel, Joanne Smith, and Alan Huckleberry; she has also had the pleasure of undertaking additional coaching with Menahem Pressler, Waleed Howrani, Christopher Harding, Donald Morelock, John Ellis, and the late Eugene Bossart.

As a collaborative artist, Nicole has worked with a variety of individuals and ensembles on traditional classical, new music, and popular/theatrical repertoire. She has performed with students of Nancy Ambrose King, Rico Serbo, Menahem Pressler, Sylvia McNair, Patricia Stiles, Teresa Kubiak, Mary Ann Hart, Marietta Simpson, Wolfgang Brendel, Carol Vaness, Mimi Zweig, Daniel Perantoni, Robert Porco, Sharon Robinson, Eli Eban, and Richard Seraphinoff, among many others. Notable recent engagements include the 2016 and 2017 National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competitions (multiple entrants); the "Opera Night at North" benefit concert with students of IU's top-ranked opera program (among them "Accidental Tenor" Andrew Lunsford); and two long-term cruise ship performing contracts with violinist Amy Schlicher as the Duo del Mare.