"Exquisite. The "deposuit" was forceful - yet never forced - and fluid with great musical sensitivity."

                            -James Hohmeyer, Conductor, on a performance of the Bach Magnificat

 


Wilson Nichols is an established solo and choral performer based in New York City.

 An active choral performer, Mr. Nichols is a tenured member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under Matthew Halls where he has performed many of the great works of choral literature. This rewarding experience has led to touring with Helmuth Rilling on the St. John Passion and B-minor mass through Europe. 

In 2012, Wilson joined Conspirare under Craig Hella Johnson. He performed with them several times every season since going and appears on the Grammy nominated recordings; Path of Miracles and Considering Matthew Shepard.

Recent solo highlights include Monteverdi  Vespers of 1610 with Audivi Vocem in Detroit and Handel's Saul at Alma College. As well as Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day with Julianne Baird and a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion  in the role of the Evangelist at Kirk in the Hills in Michigan.

Nichols performed the Bach St. John Passion with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the MSU Chorale in 2008, the Haydn Paukenmesse at Alma College in 2009, and has performed settings of the Magnificat by Vivaldi and Durante.

Greenville High School 2011

Greenville High School 2011

With Dr. Julianne Baird 2014

At home on the stage, Mr. Nichols has appeared in lead roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzance, the hit Forever Plaid and as a child in Ahmal and the Night Visitors. Supporting and chorus roles include; Candide and La Cenerentola at MSU and, Oliver! The King and I, You Can’t Take it With You, The Magic Flute, and Gianni Schicchi at the Bay View Summer Music Festival in northern Michigan.

Mr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Alma College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Michigan State University and a teaching certificate from Central Michigan University.

Also an accomplished educator, Mr. Nichols maintains a private vocal studio and has worked as an adjunct voice instructor at Alma College and as director of choirs at Traverse City West Senior High in northern Michigan.