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Nicole Knorr (b. 1999) is a composer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work investigates transformation, change, and growth—often through the lens of the natural world. Her music has been described as having “remarkable command of melody” and is characterized by gleaming lyricism, sharp counterpoint, and a fundamental, underlying sense of whimsy.


Current creative projects include a collaboration with Michigan Music Teachers’ Association as the recipient of this year’s Commissioned Composer Award and a new work for Haven Trio to be premiered at Connecticut Summerfest. In the past, she has had the honor of collaborating with renowned ensembles such as Sinta Quartet, Estrella Consort, Brain Pocket, and VIRID duo, among other groups and personal commissions.

She is passionate about developing spaces for artists to share their work and collaborate across disciplines. During her time at the University of Michigan, Nicole developed Between the Lines, a concert series that brought composers, poets, and singers together for an evening of art song premieres.

Equally passionate as an educator, Nicole’s work ranges from private studio lessons in piano, voice, and composition, to curriculum development at larger institutions, such as Interlochen Center for the Arts summer program. She engages students in a variety of musical disciplines and perspectives to equip them with a well-rounded education; she actively strives to provide her students skills beyond the scope of traditional, conservatory-style methods.

Nicole earned her M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, and her B.M. in Voice Performance and Piano Performance from the University of North Florida. Her mentors include Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Erin K. Bennett, John Daugherty, Mathew Fuerst, and Joshua Tomlinson.

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