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Nikolas Caoile, Conductor

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Dr. Nikolas Caoile Conducting rehearsal.Director of Orchestras
Associate Chair

Nikolas Caoile is a conductor, pianist, and music educator. Concurrently serving as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Salem Chamber Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Orchestras at Central Washington University, Caoile’s artistic leadership spans professional, community, and academic arenas. Caoile has also guest conducted many other orchestras including: Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Gig Harbor Symphony, Lake Avenue Orchestra, and the Olympia Symphony. He made his New York City debut in 2009 conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in collaboration with the Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses Dance Company at New York City Center. Caoile has participated at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music where he worked with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier.

A passionate believer in music education for all ages, Caoile has led numerous educational and community engagement concerts including the Alaska and Indiana All-State Orchestras, the Washington All-State Jr. Orchestra as well as many regional honor orchestras in Washington, Montana, Alaska, Arizona, Oregon and Indiana. Caoile regularly presents clinics at National Association for Music Educators Regional and State Conferences and is a regular presenter for Seattle Symphony Pre-concert Talk series. Caoile is conductor of several orchestra camps and workshops including the Kairos Lyceum, Icicle Creek Summer Symphony, and the Orchestra Leadership Workshop at CWU.

Caoile is a frequent collaborative pianist performing throughout the Northwest. Caoile collaborates regularly with violinist Denise Dillenbeck, flutist Sarah Tiedemann, mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel, and cellist John Michel. In 2015-16, Caoile will present programs with pianist, Martin Kennedy, performing two-piano works by Bartók, Brahms, and Nancarrow; with violinist Michelle Vaughn and cellist Matthew Ryan-Kelzenberg performing works by John Adams, Poulenc, and Shostakovich; and a recital of Russian song repertoire with baritone, Anton Belov. Caoile was an Opera Coach Fellow at the Aspen Opera Theater.

Born in Portland, Nikolas Caoile now resides in Ellensburg WA with his wife, mezzo-soprano, Melissa Schiel and their son, Kieran. Caoile holds degrees in conducting and composition and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan. He recently accepted a nomination to join Phi Beta Kappa as a member of the Willamette chapter, Delta of Oregon. His principal teachers are Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, and Peter Erös. Caoile also enjoys playing golf, NYT Crosswords and cooking.

Dr. Nikolas Caoile | Director of Orchestral Activities
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 963-1251 | (509) 963-1239 fax |

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra | Music Director and Conductor
Salem Chamber Orchestra | Principal Conductor

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