Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Nicole Riccardo is a performer and teacher in the Austin, Texas area. She received her master and bachelor of music in flute performance from Florida State University, where she held a graduate teaching assistantship, which included teaching private lessons and studio classes to undergraduate music majors, coaching chamber ensembles, and teaching the woodwind methods course.Nicole has performed as Principal Flute with Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida, and the Ocala Symphony, in Ocala, Florida. She has also performed with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Tallahassee Community Choir, and has been a featured soloist with the Anna Maria Island Orchestra. In 2015, Nicole was a featured performer at the Florida Flute Convention, performing a program of flute and bassoon as well as flute and guitar duos. Nicole has also performed as part of Duo NS, a flute and guitar duo, for the Seven Hills Guitar Festival in Tallahassee, Florida, and was the first woman to ever perform as part of this festival. Currently, Nicole performs with the Austin Civic Orchestra and was recently invited to perform on tour with renowned singer Josh Groban.
As a chamber musician, Nicole previously founded and managed the Force Majeure Woodwind Quintet. While with Force Majeure, Nicole toured the southeastern United States performing and giving master classes at various colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia. Force Majeure has also been featured on the WFSQ radio station. Nicole has since presented workshops on entrepreneurship and chamber music to advanced musicians at Florida State University and the surrounding area.
Nicole believes there is more to being a musician than simply learning how to properly work an instrument. In addition to learning to become technically fluid on the instrument, the student will also learn aspects of music theory and history. Emphasis will be placed on developing the student’s own musicality as well as a professional demeanor. Learning professionalism through things like time management, effective communication, and organization are directly transferable to all areas of a student’s life.
Nicole is available for lessons at Lone Star on flute, piccolo, piano, and saxophone.