A teacher, singer, conductor, and pianist/accompanist/coach based out of Seattle, WA, Nicholas Klein, tenor, is often known for his warmth and clarity of tone in addition to his exceptional musicianship. Dr. Klein is excited to join the music faculty at Eastern Washington University as a Lecturer in Vocal Music and Seattle Pacific University as an Instructor of Voice and the director of the new Vocal Jazz Ensemble this year. In addition to his positions at EWU, SPU, Nicholas currently serves as the Music Director for Central Lutheran Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Prior to beginning his studies at University of Washington, Nicholas lived in Columbus, OH, where he served as a tenured soloist and section leader of the Cathedral Schola at St. Joseph Cathedral, where he also served for 6 months as the Interim Director of Music for the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. Nicholas has been recognized internationally as a soloist and chorus member for his performances in Hungary, Switzerland and Italy (Tuscany region and Rome). Recent roles include Larry/Matt (The Face on the Barroom Floor), Don José (Carmen - excerpts), and Flavio (Norma). Nicholas is also a member of Choral Audacity, a professional choir based in the San Francisco bay area.
Previously, he served as the Director of Choral Activities at Grove City High School, where his choirs earned awards including vocal, divisional championship, grand champion awards and superior ratings at the state and regional level. Prior to his tenure at Grove City High School, Nicholas served as the Director of Choirs at Jackson Middle School, where his Symphonic Choir was selected to perform a solo concert at the OMEA State Conference for Professional Development.
Nicholas holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington, where his research focused on The Efficacy of Mental Practice for Motor Skill Enhancement in Singing. Dr. Klein also earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education from the Capital University Conservatory of Music in partnership with the Zoltan Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and a Kodály Certificate from the Zoltan Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. During Nicholas’ time at Capital University, he was a featured soloist and section leader in the Chapel Choir and Philomel (Lynda Hasseler, conductor). He received numerous awards and honors, such as being selected annually for the scholarship competition all four years of his undergraduate studies. Additionally, he received the outstanding vocal music educator award twice. He was cast as the lead in two musicals and an opera. Nicholas competed four times at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, where he won the Freshman Men’s Classical Division, Freshman/Sophomore Men’s and Women’s Musical Theater Division, the Senior Men’s Classical Division and the Junior and Senior Men’s and Women’s Musical Theater Division.