Dr. Nicholas Cline

Nicholas Cline
First Name: 
Dr. Nicholas
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Main Title: 
Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory
Office Location: 
Room 421, Broyhill Music Center
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  • Northwestern University, D.M.A.
  • Indiana University, M.M.
  • Columbia College Chicago, B.M.

Nicholas Cline makes music for voices, acoustic instruments, and by electroacoustic means. Deeply influenced by the natural world, his music draws on a broad range of subjects and experiences with the belief that music reveals, challenges, and shapes the listener’s understanding of the world. Recent projects include collaborating with the Grammy award-winning choir, The Crossing, in a performance of his work, Watersheds, for 24 voices, tenor saxophone, and live electronics - released on Motion Studies on Navona Records.

Nicholas is dedicated to his work as a music educator striving to develop his students’ technical abilities, introduce them to new ideas, challenge them to question their assumptions, and encourage the cultivation of their individual voices as performers, composers, educators, therapists, and music industry professionals. As an Educational Teaching Technology Fellow at Northwestern University, he developed a suite of interactive learning applications for teaching music theory and music technology.

His music has been performed by Spektral Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble VONK, Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jeff Siegfried, Jena Gardner, Square Peg Round Hole, Stare at the Sun, Constellation Men's Ensemble, and F-Plus. His music has been presented at internationals festivals and conferences. Nicholas has been an artist-in-residence with High Concept Labs and the Chicago Park District. His music is published by E.C. Schirmer and released on Navona, Ravello, and SEAMUS recording labels.