Wind Ensemble Assistant Conductor
Nicholas J. Carlson serves on the faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he is the Assistant Director of Bands. His responsibilities include conducting the University Band, the UIC Pep Band and assisting with all administrative aspects of the UIC band program. Prior to his work in Chicago, he was a graduate associate for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) band department where he earned a Master’s of Music Degree with a dual concentration in Instrumental Conducting and Clarinet Performance under the direction of John Climer and Todd Levy, respectively. He served as the graduate conducting associate with the UWM University Band and UWM Youth Wind Ensembles, and assisted with the overall administration of the university band program.
Mr. Carlson is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble. He is an active educator and freelance clarinetist and performs regularly throughout the Midwest. He was the featured soloist with FullScore Chamber Orchestra (Zion, IL), performing the world premiere of Donald Walker’s Clarinet Concerto (February 2013). He has also been featured as guest soloist with UWM Youth Wind Ensemble and UWM Symphony Orchestra. Other recent performances include the world premiere of Music for Five by Marc Mellits.
Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Mr. Carlson attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Mr. Carlson taught instrumental music in the La Crosse Area School District and maintained a large private lesson studio.