pianist | accompanist | vocal coach
Nicholas Shaneyfelt is a doctoral student in the Collaborative Piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Most recently, he served as staff accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with regular involvements at the Northampton Community Music Center, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, and the UMass Newman Center. As a choral accompanist, Nicholas has accompanied the Chamber Choir and Chorale at UMass under the direction of Tony Thornton, the UMass Conducting Institute, the South Hadley Chorale, and regional honor choirs in western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine.
Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Nicholas received Bachelors degrees in Piano and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree from UMass with a dual focus in Solo and Collaborative Piano. At UMass, he was the recipient of the 2011 Eugenie May Piano Award. While at Notre Dame, Nicholas served as music director for the Pasquerilla East Musical Company’s mainstage and revue productions, and was the winner of the university’s concerto competition. His piano trio, “The Nora Trio,” was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Notable recent performances include the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project, Winterreise with tenor William Hite, Mozart’s A major concerto with the UMass Chamber Orchestra, collaborations with Broadway actress Carey Anderson, and a cabaret performance with Canadian tenor E. Mark Murphy, who is currently engaged at the Musiktheater im Revier in Germany.
Nicholas has studied with John Blacklow, Nadine Shank, Estela Olevsky, and Gilles Vonsattel.