About the Composer


Niko D. Schroeder consists solely of optimism, good intentions, and campy songs. His compositions span a wide array of genres–from punk rock to contemporary classical. His accolades include runner-up in the Donald Sinta Quartet 2015 Composition Competition, 1st, 3rd (tie) and audience favorite awards at the 2017 GVSU New Music Ensemble Micro-Works Competition, and 1st, 2nd (tie), and audience favorite the year prior. He is GVSU’s 2015/16 and 16/17 Composer of the Year. He was commissioned by the GVSUNME to write a piece for their 2016 National Parks Tour, and his works have been performed by the Donald Sinta Quartet, GVSU Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Origin Brass Quintet, and a variety of other soloists and small ensembles. Niko would love to write you a piece too. His ongoing composition projects include his brass-pop band, The Lake Effects, and a series of extended-technique etudes for unaccompanied tuba.

Niko recently graduated from Grand Valley State University, where he studied music and nonprofit administration. His degree emphases were composition and musicology, and he continues to perform both classical and jazz music in West Michigan. He currently performs with the Bassment Boys (a tuba quartet), and the aforementioned Lake Effects. He serves as the GVSU New Music Ensemble’s assistant manager, sound engineer, and occasional euphonist. His primary teachers and mentors are Bill Ryan (composition), Paul Carlson (euphonium), Lisa Feurzeig (ethnomusicology), and Michael Drost (jazz trombone).

Niko has interned for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Adiri Music, and Artworks in Big Rapids. He has been crafting his cold-calling, crowd-funding game since birth. He is a regular volunteer at the Grand Valley Sustainable Agriculture Farm, and in his limited free time, he enjoys caterwauling in the shower, consuming everything as though it were art, bothering strangers, taking the audience to the corners of their mind (and patience), and occasionally trying to create post-modern poetry.

If you are interested in performing one of Niko’s works, would like to commission him, need him for your software development team, or want to know why his biography is so long and rambling, you can reach him at nikodschroeder@gmail.com.