Nicole DeMaio is a Boston based musician working to redefine the boundaries between performance, composition, and education. With more than 10 years of experience as a woodwind teacher, she has been quoted as being “Outstanding!” “A total professional in all aspects of her teaching,” and “A class act, to say the least” by students. Nicole currently teaches at Boston College High School, working with students in the 7th to 12th grade. She teaches General Music and has created and implemented the curriculum for a new course, “Music Makers”, in which students learn about the science behind music and construct their own working instruments.
Along with her position as the Operations Manager for the Boston Civic Symphony, Miss DeMaio is also the Executive and Artistic Director of the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble. Founded in 2015 by Nicole and Liam Sheehy, BSCE focuses on performing new music and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recently, the group performed at Boston Sculptors Gallery in collaboration with visual artists Caroline Bagenal and Mags Harries, choreographer Micheline Wu, and multiple dancers. Upcoming performances for the 2017-2018 season include concerts of new music selected from their Call for Submissions and appearances at venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts and Galatea Fine Arts. Aside from commissioning and performing new works, the ensemble aims to educate their audiences about contemporary music through community outreach events such as “Black Sheep LIVE,” an interactive discussion about new music hosted through Facebook Live.
Nicole’s compositions are rhythmically exciting and experimental while still integrating melodic material. She has garnered many awards for her work, including the 2013 and 2014 Grand Prizes for the “Pictures Composition Contest” and has been selected twice as a winner of Vox Novus’ “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” Composition Contests. Currently, she is working on her “Solo Alone” project, a set of compositions for different unaccompanied instruments to be completed over the course of the next several years. In 2015, Nicole acted as the composer, music director, and co-sound designer for “The Penelopiad,” a Boston Conservatory Entrepreneurial Grant Winning project directed by Holly Cinnamon. A strong supporter of collaboration, Nicole worked with choreographer Micheline Wu on “Fläk”, a piece for clarinetists and dancers in which the musicians integrated dance and movement into their performance, premiered at The Boston Conservatory in 2016. Her compositions have been performed nationwide by ensembles and soloists such as Noise Bias in Chicago, Kenyon Wilson at the International Tuba and Euphonium Convention, and Bruce Curlette in New York City. Previously, Nicole has attended the Brevard Music Institute and the Fresh Inc. Festival as a composition participant.
Miss DeMaio has performed in a wide variety of different genres and ensembles. A champion of new music, she has commissioned and performed several new works such as Thomas Oltarzewski’s “Solo for Bass Clarinet and Piano” and Michael Mahadeen’s “Stagedance” for clarinet. Nicole currently performs with the Dudley Symphony Orchestra on clarinet and with the saxophone section of the Dr. Jazz Orchestra. Frequently found in musical theatre orchestras, she has performed in more than 60 different productions and was the principal woodwind player for two seasons at the Surflight Theatre in New Jersey. While at Montclair State University, Nicole worked with Harry Partch’s original microtonal instruments and performed several of his compositions.
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Nicole grew up in New Jersey and has since moved to Boston. She received her MM in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. She studied composition with John Murphree and Marti Epstein and clarinet with Michael Norsworthy. She earned her BM’s in Music Education and Music Theory & Composition from Montclair State University, and studied composition with Patrick J. Burns, Scott Richards, Ting Ho, and Joshua Groffman, and clarinet with Dennis Smylie and David Singer. When not working on music, she can be found either running or doing research in food science.
For more information about Nicole, check out her website.
Nicole DeMaio – Track
for flute, oboe, clarinet, viola, cello, bass