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 Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and her duopiano recital with conductor Raymond Harvey (Kalamazoo Symphony) have been aired by National Public Radio.
is presently a Senior Lecturer II in the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Department of Music and Dance
, 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, Ms. Stoia was the Music Director, conductor, and pianist for all the premieres and subsequent performances of the new opera The Captivation of Eunice Williams.
Ms. Stoia 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.
Having served as accompanist for the Springfield Symphony Chorus
for nineteen years, Ms. Stoia
is now in her
sixth year as conductor of this choral ensemble.