Over the past several years, Nick Skinner has become a prominent music educator and arts administrator in Baltimore. Nick is currently working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s major social initiative, OrchKids, where he serves as the Director of Operations.
Nick began his teaching in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland as an elementary instrumental instructor. He then moved on to teach in the Baltimore County Public School System in Maryland at Catonsville High School where he was the music director. Nick has served as an arts administrator at the Waldorf School in Baltimore and for the Archipelago Project, a non-profit organization devoted to arts advocacy.
Nick has lead lectures, workshops, and seminars in Baltimore City; Traverse City, Michigan; Waterbury, Hartford, and Stamford, Connecticut; Boston, at the New England Conservatory; and Venezuela, with El Sistema. Nick has also become a distinguished consultant and arts advocate within the El Sistema movement. He is also an adjunct professor at UMBC where he teaches “Management and Organizational Leadership in El Sistema” as apart of a one year post bachelorette certification program. Nick graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance and music education.
Connections/Expertise w/ El Sistema-inspired programs
Nick has been an integral part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program since its inception over 6 years ago. Working with OrchKids Artistic Director, Dan Trahey, Nick has seen the growth of the OrchKids program go from 30 students in its first year to well over 700 presently. Other highlights seen under Nick’s leadership – National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awarded to OrchKids in 2013, OrchKIds featured on 60 minutes and PBS.
Special skills/professional expertise/resources/connections that the candidate would bring to the board
Highly knowledgeable in the areas of el Sistema and how it relates to working within a large institution in terms of finances, promotion, public policy, and structure. Has provided consultations to a large number of current el Sistema programs and helped to improve those programs operations and finances.
Why the candidate wishes to serve on the board
Nick believes passionately about the el Sistema movement and knows it can help enact social change throughout the US. However, in order to achieve such a huge goal, it is imperative for this movement to have a strong and large national presence. To this end, Nick desires to help further the National Alliances mission and provide his OrchKids expertise and passion towards an institution that will help move the el sistema movement to even higher levels!