Hello! I am a pianist, composer and teacher based out of Bloomington, IN and occasionally the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. I am available as a collaborative pianist/accompanist for singers and instrumentalists, a solo classical pianist for almost any type of event, or as a piano instructor (currently for teens and adults only). My current repertoire shows a particular focus on vocal and young violinists' pieces, but with sufficient preparation I am up for just about anything. See below for my repertoire list! I also offer transcription/arranging, vocal coaching, and custom classical composition services.
Perhaps the most outstanding of the ship's entertainment was the violin player, Amy Shlicher and her piano accompanist, Nicole DiPaolo. We were particularly pleased with their performances.
We especially enjoyed the musical presentations of Amy on the violin and Nicole her pianist accompanist. We found we were drawn to their performances each evening following dinner where we enjoyed delightful musical selections. They played a variety of genres and also played requests from the audience. We noticed that by the end of the cruise their performances were drawing a crowd who appreciated the quality of their musical programs.
Price Range: $30/hr and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
What to Expect
I am flexible as to the type of performance and atmosphere I can cultivate to fit your needs. As someone who has collaborated in environments ranging from top-ranked university music programs to cruise ships, and given my additional experience presenting at music theory conferences, I have an extremely diverse repertoire and am a confident public speaker who knows how to engage all types of audiences. I also serve as a vocal coach and can assist singers with both Spanish and Italian diction.
Praised as a "sensitive pianist" and "outstanding accompanist" who delivers "powerful interpretations," Nicole Elyse DiPaolo is a versatile pianist, composer, teacher, and scholar currently based in Bloomington, Indiana, US. Ms. DiPaolo has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Ambassador Chamber Players on multiple occasions (two of which also featured her own Piano Trio in C minor) and as a recitalist, collaborator, and presenter worldwide. She holds a (link hidden)s in Music Theory from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied piano under Michele Cooker and Louis Nagel; additionally, she studied composition with Bright Sheng and basso continuo (harpsichord accompaniment) with Edward Parmentier. Ms. DiPaolo also holds an MM in Music Theory from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she has now achieved PhD candidacy in the same field. To further her vocal coaching skills, she has taken additional French and German diction courses with Prof. Gary Arvin.
Currently, Ms. DiPaolo is an Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Music in General Studies) and sought-after private instructor of piano, music theory, and composition on the IU Bloomington campus, where she is also an active mostly-vocal accompanist. Ms. DiPaolo has had and continues to enjoy musical partnerships with students of nearly every current IU voice department faculty member. In addition, she was the rehearsal pianist/coach for a summer production of John Frederick Lampe's little-known Baroque opera Pyramus and Thisbe. Outside of IU, Ms. DiPaolo was on the composition and collaborative piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 2014 and 2015. In June 2018, Ms. DiPaolo was a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan, performing with the festival's SOARS voice program participants on fully staged opera scenes and art song recitals as well as in the Bay View Young Artist Series (Charlevoix, MI).
Notable recent engagements include the 2018 Evansville Philharmonic Young Artist Competition; the 2016, 2017, and 2019 National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competitions (multiple entrants); the "Opera Night at North" benefit concert with students of IU's top-ranked opera program (among them "Accidental Tenor" Andrew Lunsford); and two long-term, international cruise ship performing contracts with violinist Amy Lee as the Duo del Mare. Additionally, she recently finished recording an album of unique folksong settings with bass-baritone and IU Kelley School of Business professor Timothy Fort, which will be included in his upcoming business ethics text, Vision of the Firm.
Ms. DiPaolo continues to compose as well as arrange, and her compositions have been described as "very effective" with a "fantastic amount of intrigue," "mindfulness...[and] colorful nuance" (Seven Sky Music). She earned a doctoral minor in composition from IU, where she studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider. Ms. DiPaolo's music has been heard across the world. Along with numerous performances in the Midwest, her commissioned song settings of Muscogee poet laureate Alexander Posey's texts have been performed nationwide, and the Smithsonian Institution procured copies of two of these (Nature's Blessings and A Vision) to archive at the National Museum of the American Indian. Ms. DiPaolo's music also received its Mexican premiere in 2013 with a performance of her Divertimento, written for the International String Quartet of Yucatán. In 2014 Ms. DiPaolo published a set of twenty short pedagogical pieces in uncommon keys, entitled Venturing Beyond, for early-intermediate pianists of all ages, available on SheetMusicPlus and MusicaNeo, and she is currently working on a new set of pedagogical pieces that will introduce intermediate pianists to the Impressionist language. Most recently, Ms. DiPaolo was commissioned to create a choral arrangement of "Ride," the city of Bloomington's official bicentennial song, for the Bloomington Community Song Project. Also a sought-after composition teacher and adjudicator, Ms. DiPaolo frequently judges state, regional, and divisional MTNA composition competitions at all levels, ranging from elementary to college-level Young Artists.
When not working on one of her many concurrent musical projects, Ms. DiPaolo might be found maintaining several music-related social media communities, watching University of Michigan football games, looking for opportunities to maintain her Spanish and Italian language skills, and raising and releasing monarch butterflies.
Accompanying: $35 per hour, $20 per half hour, $40 per recital/jury performance/recording up to 1 hour (Singers who are only being accompanied for the last half of their lessons will be eligible for the half-hour rate). Additional fees apply for short-notice engagements or engagements requiring travel. For long-term engagements (e. g. a full recital program requiring a number of rehearsals and major repertoire that is new to me) I may quote a flat rate based on the repertoire and number of rehearsals required.
Transcription/Arranging: $15 per page when working from a score (e.g. preparing a transposed vocal score to suit your range); $100+ per audio-minute when transcribing by ear (from a recording).
Piano Instruction: Please inquire as to current monthly packages and waitlist status. Families with multiple siblings enrolled may be eligible for the lower 1-hour rate if their lessons are consistently scheduled in consecutive blocks.
Music Theory Tutoring: $25 per hour, $15 per half hour (from pre-teen beginner to PhD-level)
***For other types of engagements (including weddings, background/event music, solo recitals, ballet accompanying, and the like) please contact me for a personalized quote!
Additional Booking Notes
I will need a fully functional acoustic piano or an 88-key fully-weighted digital keyboard for all performing gigs.
I accept payments by cash, check, PayPal, Venmo, Chase QuickPay, or credit cards.
Please visit tinyurl (dotcom) / dipaolo-rep to see my complete collaborative repertoire list! It is constantly being updated with new classical, popular, and crossover selections. Contact me if you are interested in seeing my solo repertoire list.
Influences & Inspiration
Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt
Fully operational acoustic piano or 88-key digital piano
Music stand (if using digital keyboard)
Amp (if bringing my own keyboard)
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