Deeply committed to high-level music-making and the education of young musicians, Nate Widelitz has traveled to three continents so far as a singer, conductor, scholar, and teacher. He has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, and Osaka’s Izumi Hall under the batons of Franz Welser-Möst, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, and Helmuth Rilling. He has collaborated with ensembles such as Bach Collegium Japan, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cleveland Orchestra and solo artists such as Kelley O’Connor, Rod Gilfry, Charles Castronovo, and Ingrid Michaelson, conducted choirs in Salzburg Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, prepared choruses for Helmuth Rilling, Carl St. Clair, and Sir Gilbert Levine, and taught music on both coasts.
In 2017, Nate was appointed Assistant Conductor of Pacific Chorale, Interim Choir Director at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades, and a faculty member at Mt. San Antonio College and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, he returned as a full roster member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, co-conductor of the Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, and faculty member at Los Angeles Valley College. 2017 additionally saw Nate’s solo singing debut at Disney Hall with the Master Chorale as well as his debut on the podium with an all-professional ensemble as guest director of the Horizon Chamber Choir.
Nate earned his BM in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and his MM in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, and Masaaki Suzuki and participated in masterclasses with Simon Carrington, Markus Utz, Erwin Ortner, and Helmuth Rilling. Nate also spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Sofia, Bulgaria, researching and authoring a thesis on the women’s dvuglas music of the Shopski Kray region. Since earning his Master’s degree, he has taught music at every level from fourth grade through college, led choirs on tours of Italy and Austria, and sung professionally as a soloist in New York, Hartford, and Los Angeles.