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Works by Nikolas A. Jeleniauskas [jɛ lə ˈnɑʊ skɑs] have been described as “exciting and colorful”, combining the dramatic and lyrical into “surprising colors and textures”. His works have been presented throughout the United States by ensembles and soloists such as North/South Consonance, the Kuttner Quartet, Third String Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Society for New Music.

He has received commissions from the Indiana University Ballet Department and the Society for New Music, been recognized with awards and grants from Austin Peay State University, ASCAP, NYSCA-AIE, New Music USA, and has participated in workshops/festivals such as Cazenovia Counterpoint, the Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers Forum. His music has been read by the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and University Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, Cassatt String Quartet, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and has also been broadcast on Fresh Ink on WCNY.

Nikolas received his Masters degree in composition from Indiana University where he studied composition with Claude Baker and David Dzubay, and his Bachelor’s in composition from Syracuse University where his principal teachers were Daniel S. Godfrey and Liu Zhuang. He has also worked with Joseph Schwantner, Stephen Paulus, and Augusta Read Thomas as a conductor and composer.

As a dancer, Nikolas has performed throughout New York as a guest artist with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Dance Center North, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Kirkland Arts Center, Mohawk Valley Ballet, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute School of Dance, Syracuse City Ballet, and the Society for New Music as well as performing with the Indiana University Ballet Theater as a guest dancer from 2006-2009. Some of these productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake , The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty.

As a guest conductor, Nikolas has performed for various Syracuse University recitals and the Third String Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has been a rehearsal conductor for Syracuse University Opera Theater with Eric Johnson and has also conducted the New Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria. His mentors have included Carl St. Clair, Gustav Meier, Rossen Milanov, and Benjamin Loeb. Nikolas has also participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival (ICWF) and the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Nikolas also works professionally as a freelance graphic artist and web designer, having worked/consulted with various individuals and small businesses including Teamliquid.net, FXOpen, the IU Student Composers Association, Society for New Music, and Syracuse University. He also works as a design specialist specializing in layout practices, content management, and information retrieval procedures.

As a writer, Nikolas has published a number of articles on technology, music theory, as well as a number of analytical pieces and reviews of video game content. He also works as a part time radio announcer for WCNY's Classic FM. Nikolas currently resides in Rochester, NY where he is pursuing his PhD at the Eastman School of Music.

Short Bio

Works by Nikolas Allen Jeleniauskas [jɛ lə ˈnɑʊ skɑs] have been described as “exciting and colorful”, combining the dramatic and lyrical into “surprising colors and textures”. His works have been presented throughout the United States by ensembles and soloists such as North/South Consonance, the Kuttner Quartet, and the Society for New Music.

He has received commissions and awards from the IU Ballet Department and the Society for New Music, Austin Peay State University, ASCAP, NYSCA-AIE, New Music USA, and has participated in workshops/festivals such as Cazenovia Counterpoint, the Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers Forum. His music has been read by various ensembles broadcast on Fresh Ink on WCNY.

Nikolas received his Masters degree from Indiana University where he studied with Claude Baker and David Dzubay, and his Bachelor’s in from Syracuse University where his principal teachers were Daniel S. Godfrey and Liu Zhuang. He has also worked with Joseph Schwantner, Stephen Paulus, and Augusta Read Thomas as a conductor and composer.

Additionally, Nikolas also works as a professional dancer, graphic artist, web designer, content and design specialist, and author of various technical and theoretical articles.

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