Nick Balla is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Band & Wind Ensemble Conducting at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Originally from Missouri, Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Arts/Audio Studies and a Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University.
Before attending the University of Michigan, Nick taught for five years in Missouri for the Lebanon School District as an Assistant Band Director and Low Brass Specialist. At Lebanon, Nick expanded the chamber music program through the creation of permanent brass ensembles and received grants for a music library extension. Nick held a large low brass private studio in Southwest Missouri and served as a trombone adjudicator across the state.