Nicole Parks

Violinist

Violinist Nicole Parks is passionate about collaborating with a diverse group of performers and composers to bring new music to a wide range of audiences. She is a co-founder of the  Semiosis Quartet, a string quartet that focuses on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Previously, she created and led The Lirica Chamber Ensemble to play rarely heard and new works for chamber orchestra.

In addition, Nicole is also in demand as an orchestral musician. She currently holds concertmaster positions with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and the East Coast Scoring Orchestra, where she led the recent production of Madame White Snake co-presented by Arts Emerson and Beth Morrison Projects. She appears regularly with ensembles such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey OperaThe Equilibrium Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

Nicole serves as the president-elect for the Massachusetts chapter of the American String Teacher's Association. Since 2010, she has been a faculty member of The Community Music Center of Boston, where she teaches violin, viola, and cello. Additionally, she directs CMCB’s Junior String Ensemble and leads the Beginning Strings program, which offers small group classes to children ages 4 through 6. She has taught at performance and education workshops including BIMA at Brandeis University, Minnesota All-State Festival, the chamber music festival, Stringwood, and the North Carolina Governor's School, where she led workshops on improvisation and collaborated with instructors across many disciplines.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied violin performance and pedagogy with Sharan Leventhal. A native of Minnesota, Nicole is currently based in Boston.

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