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 and Hollywood Bowl, Singapore’s Esplanade, and Osaka’s Izumi Hall under the batons of Franz Welser-Möst, Gustavo Dudamel, Bramwell Tovey, 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.
Recent successes include Nate’s appointments, in 2017, as Assistant Conductor of Pacific Chorale and a faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles, his solo singing debut at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and his debut on the podium with an all-professional ensemble as guest director of the Horizon Chamber Choir. 2018 will see Nate assume direction of the Collegiate Chorale at Mt. San Antonio College and the Philharmonic Choir at Los Angeles Valley College, make his conducting debut with Pacific Chorale at Segerstrom Concert Hall, and begin his appointment as a faculty member at Pierce College.
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, San Francisco, Hartford, and Los Angeles.