Director of Bands
- BA, Music, Bethel College
- MM, Conducting, Central Michigan University
Nicholas Enz, born in Newton, Kansas, is both an active performer and educator. He studied under John E. Williamson, Dr. David R. Gillingham, Daniel Hege, Jean Lansing, Thomas Luer, Stephen Jones, Dr. William Eash, Dr. Donald Kehrberg, and Dr. J. Harold Moyer. As a saxophonist, he has recently performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Enz was a featured soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in 2007.
Under Enz's leadership, the Superior Winds have embarked on six performance tours and in 2011 were an ensemble-in-residency at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. The Huskies Pep Band, under his direction, has been honored four times by the WCHA as the host band for the WCHA Final Five Hockey Tournament. In 2007, the band released their first album, Aural Pleasure.
Enz served on the Music Curriculum and Standards Review Committee for the State of Michigan in 2009. He presented a clinic session at the Michigan Music Conference in 2011 on effective rehearsal techniques. This clinic session applied current research in Deliberate Practice and the Acquisition of Long-Term Working Memory to rehearsals to effectively teach students to generalize musical concepts.
In 2004, Enz founded the Keweenaw Area Jazz Band, which provides high school students in the Keweenaw Peninsula with an opportunity to study and perform jazz music. Enz has received seven grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support this project. The band won "Outstanding Jazz Ensemble" at the 2011 NMU Jazz Festival and received second place at the 2007 UWEC Jazz Festival.
Links of Interest
- Wind Conducting
- Rehearsal Pedagogy