Nikki Stoia, Musical Director
Coach/accompanist, piano soloist, singer and conductor Nikki Stoia is known for her musical versatility, with repertoire that encompasses traditional and contemporary classical and popular music.
concert work has taken her
to many U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, San Francisco and Honolulu, and as accompanist for the Smith College Chamber Singers, she
appeared in concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm, among others.
Ms. Stoia's performance as piano soloist with the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra of Gerhswin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and her duo-piano recital with conductor Raymond Harvey (Kalamazoo Symphony) have been aired by National Public Radio.
Ms. Stoia is presently a Senior Lecturer in the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Department of Music and Dance and Co-Director of its Opera Workshop, Music Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and Associate Dean of Advising for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
is also a four-time Distinguished Teacher Award nominee and a 2006 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award winner at the University.
From Fall 2003 through March 2005 she
was the Music Director, conductor and pianist for all the premieres and subsequent performances of the opera The Captivation of Eunice Williams (music by Paula Kimper, libretto by Harley Erdman, conceived with Linda McInerney, Stage Director).
Having served as accompanist for the Springfield Symphony Chorus
for nineteen years, Ms. Stoia
is now in her
third year as Music Director/Conductor of this ensemble.
In the summer of 2008, Ms. Stoia served as Head Vocal Coach and Chorus Master for the opera program, Italian Operatic Experience, in Urbania, Italy.
She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, acknowledged as a Phi Kappa Phi graduate, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Music and German.
Nikki Stoia & Lumila Krasin