Nicholas Enz

Nicholas Enz serves as the conductor of the Quad City Wind Ensemble. In addition, he is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor at St. Ambrose University, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in music and music education.

Enz is an active conductor and clinician with appearances throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes region, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio. Previously, he served as the Director of Bands at Michigan Technological University and taught in the Copper Country Intermediate School District.

Throughout his career, Enz has earned distinctions teaching at the college and high school levels. His high school jazz program received numerous awards and recognitions, including “Outstanding Jazz Ensemble” at the Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival and second place at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festival. The program also received eight grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Michigan Tech Superior Wind Symphony embarked on six performance tours and was honored as an ensemble-in-residence at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Enz received the 2016-17 St. Ambrose Faculty of the Year Award.

Enz served on the K-12 Music Curriculum and Standards Review Committee for the State of Michigan. He currently serves as the chair of the Iowa Bandmasters College Affairs Committee. His research has been published in UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education and has been presented at the conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik. He recently co-authored a chapter on repertoire selection for a CBDNA publication. As a saxophonist, he has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Enz was also a featured soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.