Hailing from Austin, Texas, Nicholas Kneupper is one of the out-of-state recipients of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. He is graduating from the multiple dependent degree program in collaboration between SMTD and the College of Engineering. Throughout his time at Michigan, Nicholas has explored a diverse range of professional endeavors, including researching the use of machine learning in bioinformatics, performing with regional orchestras, and developing web applications for national non-profit organizations. These combined professional experiences fostered a passion for the intersection of science and technology with music, humanities, and the arts. In addition to pursuing diverse professional experiences, Nicholas is a community leader in Ann Arbor as Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Camerata, a non-profit community music platform that provides accessible and inclusive participation with classical music to foster community relationships and social engagement. Under Nicholas’ leadership, the AAC brought music to hundreds of Ann Arbor’s senior citizens who were most impacted by the anxiety and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020. After graduating, Nicholas plans to pursue graduate school for music performance and web development for social and environmental causes.
Recipient of Stamps Leadership Scholarship (2016)
Undergraduate Researcher, Lab for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (2017 – 2018)
Undergraduate Researcher, Music Theory @ MIDAS (2018 – 2019)
Second Horn, Jackson Symphony Orchestra (2018 – present)
Executive Director, Ann Arbor Camerata (2019 – present)
Programming Team Lead, Human Rights First (2020)
Drum Major, Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2020 – present)