Theatre and Dance


Nicholas Miguel, DMA

Assistant Professor, Voice
Office: Sallee 103

Dr. Nicholas Miguel is active as a baritone soloist and chorister, having created a reputation as a versatile and intelligent singer in diverse genres. Miguel currently sings with the professional choirs GRAMMY-nominated True Concord in Tucson, AZ and CORO in Indianola, IA. Recently, he sang with Morten Lauridsen at the Green Lake Festival of Music, and Helmuth Rilling in the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy. A regular soloist in Iowa, Miguel’s concert appearances include Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard, J. S. Bach’s BWV 129, 131, 34, 18, 172, 82, 4, 140, 74, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Theresienmesse, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, Durufle’s Requiem, Pärt’s Passio, Handel's Esther and Messiah, and Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. Miguel is also known for his engaging stage presence in recitals and in operatic productions. Stage credits include Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Sir Joseph in HMS Pinafore, and Comte Capulet in Romeo et Juliette.

In 2018, Miguel received his DMA in voice performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he also received his MA in 2013. He received his BM with Distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2010. Miguel’s dissertation on an influential Venezuelan composer, The Art Songs of Modesta Bor (1926-1998), demonstrates Miguel’s fluency in various academic disciplines including musicology, music theory, and phonetics. At UI, Miguel also served as an award-winning Teaching Assistant for the renowned vocologist, Ingo Titze.

Dr. Miguel teaches full time as an Adjunct Music Associate at Grinnell College, one of the nation’s leading undergraduate liberal arts colleges, in Grinnell, IA, where he has worked since 2014. His passion for effective and informed pedagogy has left him in high demand as a teacher of Classical, Musical Theater, and Contemporary Commercial voice. During the summer, Dr. Miguel teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at Simpson College for the Three-Summer Masters in Choral Conducting Program. There he has taught Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Setting, and Applied Voice since 2019.

Miguel is also a composer/arranger of art song, choral music, and jazz; an amateur piano accompanist, and an dilettante jazz pianist. He can be heard playing on his most recent composition "We Will Not Forget" on the album A Hero's Journey by the saxophonist Jeff Miguel. He enjoys learning the guitar, collecting bikes, acquiring foreign languages, helping his wife with her florist business Friendly Bee Flower Farm, and spending time with his three children.