Assistant Professor | Director of Bands
Nicholas Enz serves as the Director of Bands 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 guest conductor and clinician with appearances throughout the midwest including Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio.
Prior to his appointment at St. Ambrose University, he served as the Director of Bands at Michigan Technological University. Under Enz's leadership, the Michigan Tech Superior Wind Symphony embarked on six performance tours and was honored as an ensemble-in-residence at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. The 250-member Michigan Tech Huskies Pep Band was selected four times by the WCHA as the host band for the WCHA Final Five Hockey Tournament.
In addition to wind conducting, Enz is both an active jazz educator and performer. Enz founded the Keweenaw Area Jazz Band for the Copper Country Intermediate School District's nine high schools. He received eight grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support this project. Under his leadership the jazz band 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. Nominated by students, Enz earned the 2016-17 Faculty of the Year Award.
Dr. Enz served on the K-12 Music Curriculum and Standards Review Committee for the State of Michigan. As a saxophonist, he has recently performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. He was a featured soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.
Education and Training
- DMA, The Ohio State University Conducting
- MM, Central Michigan University Conducting
- BA, Bethel College (Kansas) Music Education
- K-12 Teacher Licensure (Kansas) - Vocal and Instrumental Music
Creative and Scholarly Work
Enz, N. J. (2017). Score Marking to Increase Rehearsal Efficiency. Presented at the Iowa Music Educators Conference, Ames, IA.
Enz, N. J. (2017). Are You Encouraging or Discouraging Artistry with Your Instructions? The Iowa Bandmasters Magazine, 76(2), 26-27.
Cooney, M., Enz, N., and Kelley, S. (2017). Starting from Scratch: A Look Into Building the Small College Marching Band. Presented at the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium in Amherst, MA.
2017 Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band. Conductor. Iowa City, IA.
2016 Prairelands Middle School Honor Band. Conductor. Taylor Ridge, IL
2016 Southeast Iowa Super Conference High School Honor Band. Conductor. Wayland, IA.
Enz, N. J., & Runge, J. (2015). Addressing Common Occupational Ailments of a Music Teacher. Presented at the Iowa Music Educators Conference, Ames, IA.
Enz, N. J. (2015). Conducting 301: Moving Beyond the Fundamentals. Presented at the Iowa Music Educators Conference, Ames, IA.
Enz, N. J. (2013). Teaching Music to the Non-Major: A Review of the Literature. UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, 32(1), 34-42. http://doi.org/10.1177/8755123313502344
Enz, N. J. (2011, January). Making it Stick!: A Thematic Unit Approach to Rehearsals. Presented at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
More About Dr. Enz
- Symphonic Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Basic Musicianship
- Applied Saxophone
- Music Technology
- Woodwind Methods
- Instrumental Materials and Methods
- Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and String Seminar
- Jazz Appreciation
- History of Rock and Roll