Short Bio - Composition
Nicole Elyse DiPaolo (b. 1986) is a composer, pianist, and music theorist from Northville, Michigan. Currently in her fourth year of PhD coursework 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.
Most recently, Nicole's music has caught the attention of Premier Tracks, a major LA-based production music library; consequently, over two dozen of her compositions will soon be featured there and made available to major TV, radio, and advertising networks. Nicole's music also received its Mexican premiere this past October with a performance of her Divertimento, written for the International String Quartet of Yucatan.
When not composing, practicing or teaching, Nicole pursues research interests in areas such as theory pedagogy; music perception and cognition; form and phrase structure; schema theory; and childhood compositions of the great composers.
Short Bio - Piano
Praised as a "sensitive pianist" with "a very pretty touch" who delivers "powerful interpretations," Nicole Elyse DiPaolo (b. 1986) 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; additionally, she spent three summer sessions at the All-State Piano Program at Interlochen, winning awards for her work 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 finished coursework towards the PhD 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, Teresa Kubiak, Mary Ann Hart, Robert Porco, Sharon Robinson, Eli Eban and Richard Seraphinoff, among many others. Recent and upcoming engagements include the "Opera Night at North" benefit concert with students of IU's top-ranked opera program (among them "Accidental Tenor" Andrew Lunsford) and collaborations with violinist Amy Schlicher as the newly-formed Duo del Mare.