Nicole Lennartz is an alumna of the Pittsburgh Music Academy, beginning studies at age 3 with Jennifer Madge. She developed a passion and excelled in violin throughout her childhood, attending the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) middle and high school in Downtown, Pittsburgh. She participated in the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, winning 3rd place, soloing with the orchestra in 2010. She also participated in PMEA festivals throughout high school, winning Concert Master of District and Regional Orchestras (2013), and traveling to PMEA All-States 2 years in a row. She traveled to the NAFME All-Eastern Orchestra festival to represent Pittsburgh in 2014. She was also a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years, traveling to Eastern Europe in 2014 to perform at locations like St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria and the Slovakia Radio Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia. She was also concertmaster of the EQT Pittsburgh Symphony Side-by-Side orchestra in 2013 & 2014, as well as a board member for education outreach in 2014. She worked on projects for ticket sales to the education concerts for the spring 2014 PSO season.
Receiving her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Duquesne University in Marketing Communications and Music Performance, Nicole is an advocate for classical music and music education here in Pittsburgh. She studied with Rachel Stegeman in college, expanding her technical abilities on the violin, and was Principle Second Violin of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra in fall 2017 under Maestro Daniel Meyer. During her time at Duquesne, she completed Suzuki Teacher Training at the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute in 2016, certifying her in Book 1 teaching. She performs with regional orchestras like the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and the Johnston Symphony Orchestra. She’s performed with Grammy Award Winning Artists like Josh Groban and Michael Buble in 2018 & 2019 at PPG Paints Arena, and performs with her string quartet, Radiant Strings which she started with friend and college, Julia Potain. She found a passion for teaching in high school when she volunteered regularly with CAPA’s music department, assisting with Saturday Music and All City Music sponsored by the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Nicole hopes to pursue a masters in Communications with a focus on Arts Education research to continue to advocate for arts education and classical music here in Pittsburgh.