"Hi there! My name is Nick Schumacher (he/him) and I am a clarinetist and teacher working in the Lansing area."
Nick Schumacher currently teaches applied clarinet at Albion College and Lansing Community College, and undergraduate aural skills at Michigan State University. In addition to solo performances, he frequently plays clarinet and bass clarinet with the Lansing and Jackson Symphony Orchestras. He also serves as clarinetist and artistic director for Pure Winds, a professional woodwind quintet and non-profit organization based in Lansing.
As a dual performer and music theorist, Nick is passionate about helping students forge powerful connections between their study of analysis and their work as performers. His pedagogy centers around expectation and realization, empowering students to make meaningful, theoretically informed, and musical decisions in their lives as performers. He is also committed to helping students become their own teachers, so that their growth may continue well beyond their time with Nick.
In addition to an active performance and teaching career, Schumacher is currently pursuing his DMA in clarinet at Michigan State University. Nick's principal teachers include James Campbell, Guy Yehuda, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Amanda McCandless.
Learn more about Pure Winds here: https://www.purewindsquintet.com
Listen to one of Nick Schumacher's performances: https://youtu.be/pu4KgOqI74k