Nick Wilders is an award-winning music director, pianist, orchestrator, and conductor. At home in the theatre, concert hall, and recording studio, his versatility in style and equal comfortability as a singer and keyboardist has kept him busy and contributing to exciting musical projects around the world. Distinguishing himself early in his career touring internationally with JERSEY BOYS and performing at iconic venues like the Rainbow Room and 54 Below, he was recently Music Director of RIDE THE CYCLONE at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.. Nick is an experienced collaborator in new musical development, active cabaret and Broadway pianist, and an orchestrator for ensembles ranging from rock bands to full orchestras. He is an experienced teaching artist, and has been a faculty member/pianist at Marymount Manhattan College, AMDA and Cap21 Conservatory. Mostly, he's down for any good jam session, especially one with a post-show Shock Top or a diner visit.
As a music director, Nick has gained distinct skill and interest in new musical development. His early work as a Conductor and Co-Music Director for live events with Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS gave experience with the inner workings of a large-scale music department, but much of his work is rooted in direct collaboration with composers, lyricists, and actors. He has learned from some of the leading music directors and supervisors on Broadway, and his keen attention to detail and communication helps a music department stay effective and consistently in a position to engage and solve musical problems. He is currently a resident Music Director for Holland America Lines. He is a Finale PowerUser.
"He Plays The Violin" (Broadway Backwards 2022)
Nick Wilders, conductor/arranger/orchestrator
Ride The Cyclone
Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.)
Holland America Lines
Beauty & The Beast
Summer Theatre of New Canaan
Carnegie Hall. MD: Wendy Cavett
Dir: Amy Anders Corcoran, MD: Wendy Cavett
Who Could Ask For Anything More? Barrington Playhouse, MD: Darren Cohen
Take Me To the World (ASTEP)
Virtual Concert, MD: Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Wings (World Premiere Staging - Fall 2023)
A new musical by Danny K. Bernstein
Honky Tonk Angels
Summer Theatre of New Canaan
Cantaré + Major Fourth
Holland America Lines (Co-arranger)
10 + Production Shows
Norwegian + Oceania Cruise Lines
Picking up piano to accompany his middle school choir, Nick is now an expert at the keys - a skilled pianist and keyboard programmer, who brings a balance of stylistic acumen, and sight reading skill. He was recently a sub keyboardist for the Tony Award-winning revival of COMPANY, and before the COVID-19 pandemic was a keyboardist and keyboard programmer for the Drama Desk-nominated NYC run and Broadway Records cast recording of EMOJILAND. He is currently an orchestra keyboardist and rehearsal pianist for WICKED on Broadway. Other recent projects include partnering with Abingdon Theatre Company and Duane Park for their series featuring Jessica Vosk, Max Von Essen, Teal Wicks, Nick Adams, along with performance and orchestration of the iconic "Rhapsody in Blue" for ALMA NYC dance company, choreographed by Zanza Steinberg.
With Nick's broad expertise of style and knowledge of multiple instruments, he brings creative and stirring arrangements forward for orchestras, jazz combos, and rock bands alike. His orchestrations for larger ensembles have been featured at Lincoln Center with the American Pops Orchestra, on Broadway with the Broadway Backwards orchestra, and broadcast nationwide on PBS. He has created charts for countless other combos, ranging from the hit ROCKIN' WITH WRONSKI at Bowery Electric to Jimmi Kilduff's RAGS TO RICHES: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TONY BENNETT, performing around the world. Performers of his arrangements / orchestrations include Amy Grant, Stephanie Mills, Christopher Jackson, Carolina Gaitán, Natalie Grant, Kate Baldwin, Jessica Vosk, Anthony Rapp, and countless other performers. In the 2022 season, he created new orchestrations for the legendary George Faison's re-imagined ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Summer Theatre of New Canaan.
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