Nicholas Gilmore earned his MM in Instrumental Conducting in 2011 as the Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Master's Student, and his BM in Horn Performance in 2009 at Wichita State University. Mr. Gilmore is the Artistic Director of the Heartland Opera Theatre and currently serves as adjunct music faculty at Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College.
Mr. Gilmore studied opera performance in Florence Italy through the Canta in Italia program with Claudia Catania in 2008. He has performed major operatic roles with Wichita State University, Opera Kansas and the Heartland Opera Theatre including “Lord Montararat” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and “Gideon” in Mark Adamo’s Little Women.
As a conductor, Mr. Gilmore studied at the Arkansas State University Conductor’s Colloquium with Frank Ticheli in 2009, and the Conductor’s Institute at the University of South Carolina in 2010 with Dr. Donald Portnoy, Peter Jaffe, Libby Larsen and others. Mr. Gilmore has musically directed and conducted musical theatre and opera performances with directors Amy Baker, Tom Frye, Marie Allyn King, Andrew Palermo, and Wayne Bryan and in 2009 he was awarded a Commendation for Excellence in Music Direction and Conducting from KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival) for his work on George Gershwin’s Lady be Good! at Wichita State University. Mr. Gilmore has conducted faculty concerto performances with Scott Oakes and Phillip Black at Wichita State University including the regional premiere of Morris Knight’s Concerto for Tuba and Two Wind Quintets. He conducted the Kansas All-State Masonic Marching Band in 2009 and worked as an adjudicator for high school music competitions in Missouri and Kansas.