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 guides his work as a bandleader, manager, and performer. As manager of several chamber ensembles and as the sound engineer and student manager for the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, he has led tours across the U.S. and facilitated the premiere of scores of new work. He has toured with rock and contemporary classical ensembles in many capacities—as performer, sound engineer, and support crew—and he regularly performs with his polka band, the Bierkeller Boys. Cherished past projects include several ensembles dedicated to co-composition—like The Lake Effects and Waiting for Niko—and other past performers include 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 student at the University of Missouri, where he is a graduate assistant with the New Music Initiative. There, he serves as both educator and sound engineer: he manages live sound reinforcement and the recording archives of the NMI and teaches coursework in electronic music and music theory. He was the recipient of the 2018 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.