Deeply committed to high-level music-making and the education of young musicians, Nate Widelitz has traveled to three continents so far as a singer, conductor, scholar, and teacher. He has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Singapore’s Esplanade, and Osaka’s Izumi Hall under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Bramwell Tovey, Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, and Helmuth Rilling. He has collaborated with Bach Collegium Japan, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra and solo artists such as Emanuel Ax, Kelley O’Connor, Rod Gilfry, Charles Castronovo, and Ingrid Michaelson. He has conducted choirs in Salzburg Cathedral, participated in masterclasses with Max van Egmond, David Hayes, and Erwin Ortner, prepared choruses for Helmuth Rilling, Carl St. Clair, and Sir Gilbert Levine, earned numerous television and film credits, and taught music on both coasts.
Recent milestones include Nate’s appointment as Assistant Conductor of Pacific Chorale, his solo singing debut at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and his conducting debut with an all-professional ensemble as guest director of the Horizon Chamber Choir. In 2018, Nate assumed direction of the Collegiate Chorale at Mt. San Antonio College and the Philharmonic Choir at Los Angeles Valley College, made his conducting debut with Pacific Chorale at Segerstrom Concert Hall, and began his appointment as a faculty member at Pierce College and Cal State LA. 2019 saw the release of Nate’s work as a singer on the Deutsche Grammophon and Yarlung labels.
Nate earned his BM in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and his MM in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, and Masaaki Suzuki. Nate also spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Sofia, Bulgaria, researching the women’s dvuglas music of the Shopski Kray region. He has since taught music at every level from fourth grade through college and gained recognition as an oratorio singer, with professional credits as a soloist in New York, San Francisco, Hartford, and Los Angeles.