Deeply committed to high-level music-making and the education of young musicians, Nate Widelitz has traveled to three continents so far in his capacities as a singer, conductor, scholar, and teacher. He has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, and Osaka’s Izumi Hall under the batons of Franz Welser-Möst, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, and Helmuth Rilling. He has collaborated with Bach Collegium Japan, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted choirs in Salzburg Cathedral, and taught music on both coasts.
Nate earned his BM in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and his MM in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, and Masaaki Suzuki and participated in masterclasses with Simon Carrington, Markus Utz, Erwin Ortner, and Helmuth Rilling. Between his pursuit of these degrees, he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Sofia, Bulgaria, researching and authoring a thesis on the women’s dvuglas music of the Shopski Kray region.
Since earning his Master’s degree, he has taught music at every level from fourth grade through college, led choirs on tours of Italy and Austria, and sung professionally in New York and Los Angeles. 2017 will see Nate take on two new roles as the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Chorale and Interim Choir Director at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades. He continues on as an adjunct music instructor at Los Angeles Valley College, a full roster member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and a co-conductor of the Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles. Other highlights include his solo debut at Disney Hall with the Master Chorale and his professional conducting debut as guest director of the Horizon Chamber Choir.
Updated July 2017