Currently, I am working as a conductor, soloist (contralto) and vocal trainer for choirs. I studied voice at the Utrecht Conservatory (Master) with Jón Thorsteinsson, graduated 2 June 2010, and followed additional courses in choir conducting with Rob Vermeulen. I graduated for concert band conducting (Bachelor) in June 2008. I am continuing my vocal studies with Charlotte Margiono.
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Nicky Bouwers (Contralto/ Conductor)
Nicky Bouwers studied piano with Rudy de Heus in the preparatory class at Zwolle Conservatory, but earned her Master’s in Public Administration at Twente University in 2001. She holds a Master of Music in Classical Singing from Utrecht Conservatory, where she has studied with Jón Thorsteinsson. She is continuing her vocal lessons with Charlotte Margiono.
Besides performing alto solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, in several Bach cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the alto solos of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Nicky has also been active performing music of modern composers. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Webern, with a special interest for Russian composers. She followed a singing masterclass with Jos van Veldhoven at the Bachfestival Dordrecht and a conducting masterclass with Daniel Reuss.
In June 2012, she released the CD To Live, To Love with pianist Thijn Vermeulen. As soloist, (alto) she co-operated in the CD-recording of De XIV Stonden by the Flemish composer Paul Schollaert, conducted by Kurt Bikkembergs. During the Covid pandemic, she recorded songs with Jos van der Kooy for YouTube.
Nicky also qualified for her Bachelor’s degree in harmony and brass band conducting (concert band) and followed lessons in choir conducting with Rob Vermeulen. She regularly conducts projects, like Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for harp and orchestra. Furthermore, she conducts various choirs.
She is specialised in the vocal training of choirs and vocal coach of numerous choirs in The Netherlands. For a fixed period, she was the vocal coach of the Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor during two projects. In the academic year 2017/2018, she was the vocal coach for the Netherlands Students Chamber Choir for one more project.