Nikolas Nackley

  • University Chorus Director

  • Office Location: 258 Morrison
  • Office Hours: by appointment
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Nikolas Nackley is the Director the University Chorus and the Director of Vocal Studies, Music 150B.  

Though relatively new to academia, Nikolas has served as a full time and visiting lecturer at universities around the greater Bay Area.  He is also currently a member of the vocal and choral faculty at San Francisco State University’s School of Music where he conducts the university’s Chamber Singers ensemble, teaches lyric diction and phonetics, opera workshop, vocal pedagogy, and private vocal instruction.  He has served as stage and music director in the University’s Opera Workshop productions.  In the last academic year he lead SF State’s Chamber Singers in the school’s first performance the St. Matthew Passion by Heinrich Schütz as well as Michael Haydn’s Missa Tempore Quadragesimae and Stravinsky’s Mass.

As a solo vocal artist, Nikolas is in demand for his work on both the concert and operatic stage in California, the East Coast, and abroad.  He has been heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “sonorous and heroic” and praised by the Boston Globe for his ability to “continually impress with his beautiful voice and acting.”   Recently featured in the title role of West Edge Opera’s critically acclaimed “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria”, his other recent credits include the role of Joe Pitt in Peter Eötvös’s West Coast premier of “Angels in America” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Adonis in Blow’s “Venus and Adonis” with Marin Baroque, Cantata BWV 140 and Handel’s “Ode for the Birth of Queen Anne” with the SF Bach Choir,  Figaro in Paisiello’s “Barber of Seville” with WEO’s Opera Medium Rare, Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” with Marin Oratorio, the West Coast premier of Kaija Saariaho’s “The Tempest Songbook” with Cal Performances and a recital series in New Castle, England.  

He has worked as a featured soloist under such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Roger Norrington, Joana Carneiro, Bruno Weil, Craig Smith, Harry Christophers, John Harbison, and Pablo Heras Casado.     

Other recent engagements include the world premier of Stacy Garrop’s “Terra Nostra” with the SF Choral Society, “Carmina Burana”  and the Mozart Requiem with the Bay Choral Guild, the role of Pallante in Handel’s “Agrippina” and the Badger/Parson in Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”  with West Edge Opera,  the West Coast premiere of Jocelyn Hagen’s “Ashes of Roses” with Symphony Silicone Valley,  Haydn’s “Paulkenmesse” and the Duruflé “Requiem” with the Southern Repertory Singers.