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Nicholas V. Hall (b. 1991) is an active composer, percussionist, educator and arranger with a strong passion for the creation of new sounds and textures. He seeks to expand beyond the realm of a single genre but instead take influence from his many varying backgrounds and fuse them into a single multi-genre style. His music has been described as “beautifully ambient” with “smooth and rich dynamics of the timbre sonorities” alongside “strong rhythmic vitality and clear textures.” He continues to push himself, and other performers, beyond certain comfort levels in order to create a unique voice among other artists of the 21st century. 

As a composer, Nicholas draws inspiration from his percussive background using strong rhythmic diversity combined with an innate sense of time. Internationally known for his series of percussion duets, “Motions,” he has created a new standard for the percussion duo while continuing to expand the percussive qualities of his music into new ensembles. He has worked closely with some of today’s leading contemporary musicians, including JACK Quartet, Bent Frequency, Manhattan Symphonie, Maestro Andrew Cyr, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Robinson Panoramic Quartet, Washington Square Winds, NYU Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Vlad Vizireanu and more. He is currently the artistic director and composer in residence for Cisum Percussion and continually takes part in festivals and seminars around the world.

Nicholas has been featured as both a soloist and an ensemble member within a variety of settings. He strives to bridge the gap among musical genres while bringing a strong physical sense to his performances. He has toured the world including several tours to China and Ireland and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanxi Poly Grand Theatre, National Sawdust, Wuhan Qintai Grand Theatre, Guangzhou Opera House, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and Kodak Theater at Eastman. As an ensemble member, he is currently performing with Cisum Percussion and the Manhattan Symphonie. Along with his active performance schedule, he is currently in the studio recording with Cisum Percussion for their debut album, “Motions,” featuring several of his own works. As a soloist, he has been featured with the LIU Post Symphony Orchestra on marimba, with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra with Cisum Percussion and has presented solo percussion recitals/concerts. Nicholas proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets as a member of their Young Artist program. 

Along with being an active composer/performer, Nicholas is also an educator. He is currently an arranger/instructor at Division Avenue High School, an arranger/instructor for East Lyme High School, an instructor for Brentwood High School, continually presents clinics with Cisum Percussion and offers private instruction in the New York/Metropolitan area. Nicholas holds degrees from New York University (M.M. in Music Theory and Composition) and Long Island University (B.S. in Music). He has studied music composition under the direction of Julia Wolfe with private studies under Justin Dello Joio and Carl Strommen and he has studied percussion performance under the direction of Jonathan Haas with private studies under Sean Statser and Frank Cassara. Prior to his collegiate studies Nicholas studied percussion performance under Frank Mediate, John Micelli and Jules Radino. 


COMMISSIONS/RESIDENCIES

it must be now - Percussion Quartet for the Sandbox Summer Seminar - 2017

Personalities - Suite for Solo Steel Pans for Russell Fisher/Luz-Carime Santa Coloma/Sarah Bennett/Tyler Masheck - 2017

are we not drawn onward to new era? - Cello Sextet for the GMS Cello Ensemble - 2017

Hurry Up - Wait - Woodwind Quintet for Washington Square Winds - 2016

All Experiences Come and Go - Percussion Quartet for Cisum Percussion - 2016

Just Like That - Percussion Quartet for the NYU Percussion Ensemble - 2016

On Water and Land - Chamber Ensemble for the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble - 2016

Listening Through an Open Door - Orchestrated for the NYU Symphony Orchestra - Residency Spring 2016

DROP: Mvt. II - For the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, Irish Composition Summer School - 2016

Push Stop. To Go - Trio for Bent Frequency, Charlotte New Music Festival - 2016

Listening Through an Open Door - String Quartet for JACK Quartet- 2015

Ave Maria - (G. Cuccini) Symphony Orchestra + SATB arranged for the Manhattan Symphonie - 2015 

Night Sky - Solo Cello for Kayla Dempsey - 2013

Shadow Evolutions - Percussion Duo with Orchestra for Cisum Percussion and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra - 2013

Aldonza - Marimba Etude for Josh Zaid - 2013

Motions Volume I - Multi-Percussion Duets for Cisum Percussion - 2012/2013/2014/2015/2017


EXPERIENCE

2017 - 2017, Sandbox Summer Seminar - Composer/Drums/Percussion

2017 - Present, Percussion Instructor - Brentwood High School

2017 - Present, Arranger/Consultant - East Lyme High School

2017 - Present, Music Teacher - New World Music Center

2016 - 2016, Sandbox Summer Seminar - Drums/Percussion

2016 - 2016, Irish Composition Summer School - Collaboration with Robinson Panoramic Quartet

2016 - 2016, Charlotte New Music Festival - Collaboration with Bent Frequency

2016 - 2016, Orchestra Residency - NYU Symphony Orchestra

2015 - Present, Timpani/Percussion - Manhattan Symphonie

2015 - 2017, Arranger/Instructor - Putnam High School

2013 - 2016, Percussion Instructor - Mineola High School

2012 - Present, Composer in Residence/Artistic Director/Percussionist - Cisum Percussion

2011 - 2012, Percussion Instructor - Seaford High School 

2010 - Present, Arranger/Instructor - Division Avenue High School

2010 - 2011, Music Teacher - The Suffolk Music Center

2008 - 2009, Drums/Percussion - BroadHollow Theatre Company