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Nolan Ehlers

Piano, Drums

Nolan has been teaching drums and piano since 2014. He believes music is a deeply personal journey–and strives to create a learning environment that helps students reach their individual goals. Nolan inspires students to value curiosity and find their own musical voice–developing their technique, learning strategies, and confidence along the way.  He aims to teach students to be proficient musicians, and to carry the values of music to all aspects of their life.

His performances have resonated across international stages, including venues in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Belgium. At the core of Nolan’s artistic philosophy is the belief that collaboration is the key to unlocking one’s greatest work. This belief is embodied in his co-founding of the piano trio Else, if Else, as well as Inland Ocean, an international artistic cooperative focused on interdisciplinary collaboration. He’s appeared as a soloist with the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble. Recent performances include the premiere of Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision at Bang on a Can’s Loud Weekend, a performance of All Rise with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the premiere of David Fennessy’s Open Ground with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt.

Nolan’s passion for Afro-Cuban drumming has led to multiple trips to Matanzas, Cuba, where he studied with the acclaimed rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. He also directed Lawrence University’s Afro-Cuban ensemble Tambo Toké, and he received a Downbeat Student Music Award for a collaborative performance with the Lawrence University Jazz Band.

Nolan earned degrees from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Lawrence University.

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