Clarinetist Nick Schumacher maintains an active performing and teaching career throughout mid-Michigan. Most recently, he has performed with the the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. He is also the clarinetist for Pure Winds, a professional woodwind quintet based in Lansing. In addition to performing, Nick holds a number of other interests, including teaching. He is currently a graduate assistant at Michigan State University, where he teaches undergraduate theory and aural skills. His teaching philosophy guides students to make relevant and meaningful connections between the study of music theory and performance. Nick also maintains a clarinet studio in the Lansing area, working with students of all ages and abilities.
Nick received his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University as a student of Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Guy Yehuda. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a student of Amanda McCandless. While at UNI, Nick was the winner of the 2016 Performance Competition and the 2016 Wind Symphony Concerto Competition, which led to several solo performances with the ensemble. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Theory at Michigan State University as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet.