Nicole DiPaolo

Praised as a "sensitive pianist" who delivers "powerful interpretations," Nicole Elyse DiPaolo enjoys a multifaceted career as a sought-after collaborative pianist, educational composer, arranger, coach, private teacher, and adjunct music professor. Currently based in the Cleveland area, Ms. DiPaolo has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Ambassador Chamber Players on multiple occasions and as a recitalist, collaborator, and presenter worldwide. Recent performing highlights include giving the world premiere of H. Leslie Adams' Grand March for trumpet and piano in the composer's presence; a Christmas concert with members of the Cleveland Pops; and two performances as a substitute with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. DiPaolo's compositions have been described as "very effective" with a "fantastic amount of intrigue," "mindfulness...[and] colorful nuance" (Seven Sky Music). Her commissioned song settings of Muscogee poet laureate Alexander Posey's texts have been performed nationwide, 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. In 2014 Ms. DiPaolo published a set of twenty short pedagogical pieces in uncommon keys, entitled Venturing Beyond, for early-intermediate pianists of all ages, available on SheetMusicPlus and MusicaNeo, and she recently completed Vignettes, a new set of pedagogical pieces that introduces intermediate pianists to the Impressionist language of Maurice Ravel. Most recently, her Divertimento for string quartet and Lucid Dreaming for solo harp were chosen to be featured in the "She Scores" new music festival, to be held at Case Western Reserve University in June 2022. Also a sought-after composition teacher and adjudicator, Ms. DiPaolo frequently judges state, regional, and divisional MTNA composition competitions at all levels, ranging from elementary to college-level Young Artists. In her private online studio, she has recently expanded her curricular offerings to include partimento and other historical methods of teaching tonal composition and improvisation. Ms. DiPaolo holds a B.Mus in Music Theory from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied piano with Michele Cooker and Louis Nagel, composition with Bright Sheng, and basso continuo (harpsichord accompaniment) with Edward Parmentier. She also holds an MM in Music Theory from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she has achieved PhD candidacy in the same field alongside a doctoral minor in composition, where she studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider.

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