Violinist Nicolette Andres has created a musical career with breadth in teaching, performing—internationally, and continuing her own education with expert teachers all over the country and world. Nicolette's work can be found in the community through her position as a faculty violin instructor at Boulder Suzuki Strings, operating her own studio in Evergreen, CO, and performing as a resident member of the Nexus Ensemble based in Denver, CO.
Nicolette found her place with music and teaching while at school at the University of Puget Sound. In her string pedagogy course with Dr. Maria Sampen, Nicolette's teacher and mentor for many years, her interest piqued at the opportunity to share the love of music with others in a way that could challenge students to work in small, achievable steps. Nicolette saw potential to reach all types of learners, and was driven to offer the fulfillment that comes with studying the violin to people young and old. Nicolette began formal teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2015, and nurtured her own studio of over 20 students, ranging in age from three to seventy years old, in the South Sound area for two years.
During Nicolette’s undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound she spent six months abroad in Cork, Ireland where she studied with violinist and conductor Tom Crowley. While in Ireland Nicolette played in the Cork Institute of Technology School of Music Symphony and also absorbed the incredible folk music of Ireland. In addition to her violin studies, Nicolette picked up the bodhrán (Irish frame drum) and studied with Colm Murphy of the internationally known group De Dannan. Following her time abroad, Nicolette continued as a member of the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, and was featured on violin as part of a jazz combo directed by composer Rob Hutchinson. Nicolette also performed in multiple chamber ensembles at the University of Puget Sound and was asked to rejoin the Symphony in Spring 2017 for a performance of Mahler’s First Symphony.
Nicolette continues to explore new venues and groups with which to play music, and she has a particular passion for playing swing, jazz, folk, rock and traditional Irish. Nicolette began to find a new voice on her violin when she was asked to perform for her local yoga studio’s evening classes in 2016. She began improvising more, composed original music, and was drawn to the different environments that a musician can create during live performance. In Spring 2017 Nicolette joined touring Steampunk band Abney Park based in Seattle, WA. Nicolette has performed with Abney Park for crowds of up to three thousand people in Denver, CO, West Palm Beach, FL; Seattle, Portland, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Niagara, Ontario; and Tucson, AZ. She has also performed with various bluegrass and gypsy jazz bands at venues across Denver, including two performances at Dazzle Jazz. You may find Nicolette at Irish sessions and bluegrass and gypsy jazz jams in the metro area, as she keeps up to date with tunes and local performers who are also sharing incredible music. Nicolette's upcoming shows can be found here.
Nicolette believes that studying the violin in great depth develops skilled musicians, yet the most important part of the journey is that these skills spill over into all parts of our lives. Students of the violin will practice close listening, building focus, awareness, patience, sensitivity, as well as the technical skills that are used to play the instrument. This creates healthy, well-rounded individuals, and therefore communities. What do you hope to gain from studying an instrument?
Whether you want your child to study the violin from a young age, you are an adult learner, or you are a violinist who wants to explore the genres of rock, folk, or jazz, Nicolette will tailor assignments to lead you to your goals, step by step. In addition to her musical studies, Nicolette holds a 200-hour yoga certification and blends her knowledge of anatomy and movement with teaching the violin in order to let people play comfortably for as long as they would like. Lessons are currently being held online - so if you are not local, the opportunity is still available to you.