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Nik rodewald

  Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist





Nik Rodewald is a seminarian with the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers & Brothers), as well as a composer, arranger, and saxophonist, whose work has been featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall, as well as churches, houses, and basements across the Eastern United States.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Nik began his musical career playing saxophone in various jazz bands throughout the Middle Tennessee area.  While still in high school, he began working as an assistant recording engineer for Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton, John Oates, Brian Setzer) at Rock House Recording in Franklin, TN, where he worked on projects for various blues and rock artists, including Reese Wynans, Anson Funderburgh, Sean Chambers, and Tinsley Ellis.  

Nik moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in September 2011 to attend Berklee College of Music, where he studied jazz composition with Ayn Inserto and Scott Free.  Nik received the 2014 Clare Fischer Jazz Composition Award and graduated summa cum laude from Berklee in 2015.

After entering postulancy with the Marist Fathers & Brothers in the spring of 2015, Nik moved to Washington, DC, to complete his pre-theology studies at the Catholic University of America.  His first album, To The Immaculate Virgin (On a Winter's Night), was released in 2016.  While studying with the Marists, Nik has maintained an active musical life around the DC area. In 2017, Nik founded the contemporary sacred music ensemble, The Radiant Obscurity Collective, which subsequently toured throughout the East Coast, and whose debut album is expected to be released in 2018.

In 2017, Nik began work on a Master of Music degree in Composition at the Catholic University of America, studying in the studios of Dr. Joel Friedman and Dr. Robert A. Baker. In 2018, Nik was commissioned as the arranger/orchestrator for Leonard Bernstein at 100: The Theatre Songs of Leonard Bernstein, which was performed at both Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center.  Nik has recently completed arranging projects for St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Kensington, MD), St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Washington, DC), and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (Strathmore, Bethesda, MD).

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Dei Genitricis Honorem



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by Nik Rodewald


The Theater songs of leonard bernstein

Video from the Kennedy Center performance of Leonard Bernstein at 100: The Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein can be seen here.

The production was deemed "extraordinary" by DC's Classical WETA host, Nicole Lacroix, and was called a "memorable evening of the music of Leonard Bernstein," by the Maryland Theatre Guide

to the immaculate virgin (on a winter's night)

The album is available for streaming or purchase using the player below or through Bandcamp.



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