Niko D. Schroeder’s compositions span a wide array of genres, from contemporary classical to punk rock. Regardless of venue and medium, collaboration and the communal aspects of music are central to his work. His projects often incorporate co-composition, multimedia, and direct response to the work of others.
His collaborative spirit also informs his work as a bandleader and performer. He has toured with rock, jazz, and contemporary classical ensembles in many capacities, and he regularly performs with his polka outfit, the Bierkeller Boys Oompah Band. As manager of several chamber ensembles and as the sound engineer for the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, he has facilitated the premieres of dozens of new works. Cherished past projects include several ensembles dedicated to co-composition, like indie-pop band The Lake Effects and folk/classical quintet Waiting for Niko. His music has also been performed by the Donald Sinta Quartet, GVSU Varsity Men’s Glee Club, GVSU New Music Ensemble, Origin Brass Quintet, and members of Fifth House Ensemble.
Niko is a graduate assistant with the New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he serves as both educator and sound engineer. He was the recipient of the 2019 Sinquefield Prize, the university’s highest honor for a composer. Niko holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University, where he was named the 2015/16 and 16/17 Composer of the Year, won the 2017 Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award—the highest distinction for student contributions to the university.