Nicholas Orovich holds the rank of Professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1980. He teaches trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and is the conductor of the Symphonic Band. Nic served as Chair of the Department of Music from 2012 through 2015, and for many years he also taught second year ear training. Since 1979, Nic has held the position of principal trombonist with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the longest serving principal in the orchestra. He was a founding member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (founded in 1979), and performed with the BPO regularly until retiring from the orchestra in 2008. He is also a former principal trombonist of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. As an active free-lance trombonist in Boston and throughout New England for more than 40 years, Nic has worked with among others the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, MA), Cantata Singers and Ensemble (Boston, MA), Boston Musica Viva, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Masterworks Chorale (Boston MA), Cecilia Society (Boston, MA), Back Bay Chorale (Boston, MA), Spectrum Singers (Boston, MA), Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Boston, MA), Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra (Groton, MA), Monadnock (NH) Music Festival, Sebago Lakes (Maine) Chamber Music Festival, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield (MA) Symphony, Nashua (NH) Symphony, Manchester (NH) Choral Society, Rockingham Chorale Society (NH), North Country Chamber Players (NH), Choral Art Society (Portland, ME), Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (Portland, ME), Granite State Symphony (Concord, NH), and the National Lyric Opera (New England locations). For more than twenty years, Nic was a member of the Hampshire Consort, a UNH faculty Renaissance ensemble. In 1992, as a member of the Hampshire Consort, Nic took part in the recording of the CD, Cities, Courts and Countrysides. In 2007, he recorded and produced a solo trombone CD, Nic Orovich…and friends. In 2011 he took part in the recording of Music by Christopher Kies with Poems and Stories and in 2013 was the trombone soloist in Jack Teagarden Enters Heaven, on the UNH Wind Symphony recording, The Music of Daniel Bukvich. He is also on numerous orchestral recordings as a member of the Boston Philharmonic. Nic has been a faculty member of the Symphony School of America, in La Crosse and Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. He also teaches at the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS), held every summer on the UNH campus. He has conducted regional high school honor bands in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. A native of Mayville, Wisconsin; Nic received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attended L'Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales, in Montreux, Switzerland; and received his Masters of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Nic lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with his wife Jeremy Townsend. They are the parents of daughter, Olivia, and son, Stephan. An avid bicyclist, since 1999 he has ridden over 95,000 miles throughout New England. In 2007, and again in 2011 he rode 700 mile solo tours of his home state of Wisconsin.
M.M., Music Performance, The New England Conservatory of Music