Nicholas J. Will, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sacred Music, teaches organ lessons, directs the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and Franciscan University Chorale, as well as teaches courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, Music History, Gregorian Chant, and Conducting.
As a conductor, Mr. Will has directed parish, cathedral, and community choirs throughout western Pennsylvania, serving for three years as Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and for three years as Guest Conductor for the Pennsylvania Consort. Currently he serves as Director of Music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie, Pennsylvania, where he conducts the volunteer Parish Choir and professional Schola Cantorum.
As an organist, Mr. Will has performed solo recitals throughout the eastern United States; notable performance venues include the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh), Heinz Memorial Chapel, and Tremont Temple Baptist Church (Boston). In 2012, he was one of three organists to present recitals during the national convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Other recent performances include a soloist appearance with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, a performance of Duruflé’s Requiem with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and State College Choral Society, and a tour of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France as organist-accompanist for the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club, including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, the American Cathedral (Paris), and Westerkerk (Amsterdam).
Mr. Will is a graduate of Duquesne University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music; teachers include Ann Labounsky, the late David Craighead, and Donald Sutherland. He is a past winner of the André Marchal Award for Excellence in Organ Performance (Duquesne), the Dorothy DeCourt Prize in Organ (Peabody), and First Prize in the Young Organists’ Auditions sponsored by the Pittsburgh Concert Society. He and his wife, Kate, reside in Pittsburgh.
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