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Nicole Knorr (b. 1999) is a musician and artist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is pursuing her Master's degree in Composition at the University of Michigan. Her composition instructors include Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Mathew Fuerst, Gary Smart, and Joshua Tomlinson—all of whom she is deeply grateful to for the role they’ve played in shaping her music.


Communication and collaboration is at the heart of Nicole’s music. She has recently worked with ensembles such as the Estrella Consort and the Architect Quartet, who premiered her new saxophone quartet at the 2023 NASA conference. Over this past summer, she has worked with the University of North Florida to compose the music for their forthcoming production of "Othello" in Fall 2023.


Nicole has also demonstrated leadership and commitment to fostering community through new music. She spearheads "Between the Lines," a groundbreaking initiative at the University of Michigan that unites poets, composers, and performers, to create music. Teams nourish each other creatively over the school year, and ultimately, share a concert of premieres with the community. During her time at the University of North Florida, she co-founded and served as co-president of UNF's Composition Collective for two years, working to nurture and promote new music in Jacksonville. Her efforts included conducting weekly meetings and facilitating workshops for student composers. She further exhibited her acumen as the music director and concert coordinator for a production of Barber's "A Hand of Bridge" in 2021.


Nicole has a passion for education, striving to support students in their creative practices in both one-on-one and group settings. She maintains a healthy studio of private students, and she has recently served as a piano teaching assistant at the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer program.


Nicole earned her Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Performance and Piano Performance from the University of North Florida, where she was honored as a Presser Scholar Award recipient. She studied voice under Brittany Fouché and John Daugherty and piano under the guidance of Erin K. Bennett. Continuing her vocal studies at the University of Michigan with Amanda Majeski, she is dedicated to further elevating her skills and remaining active as a performer.

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