- Nikolasa Tejero
- Associate Professor, Music Theory and Applied Clarinet
- Department of Performing Arts
- DMA Clarinet Performance, University of Kentucky (2011), MM Clarinet Performance, Baylor University (1997), BM Clarinet Performance, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (1995)
- (423) 425-4630
- (423) 425-4603
- 308 Cadek Hall
Celebrated for her engaging performances and creative programming, Nikolasa Tejero keeps a busy schedule as recitalist and concerto soloist across the Eastern and Midwestern United States. An avid proponent of chamber music, she frequently appears in concert with Tresillo, a Chicago based chamber ensemble established in 2004. Most recently, Dr. Tejero cofounded the group New Dischord, whose primary goal is the performance and promotion of contemporary music.
Dr. Tejero has been singled out with a number of distinctions both nationally and abroad. Among these, she was recipient of the Outstanding Performer Award at the International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, and the second place award in the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta's Young Artists Competition. Over the past few seasons, she has premiered several new works written expressly for her, including a concerto for clarinet and orchestra. Recognized for her elegant and spirited playing, Dr. Tejero was recently featured in recital at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Of that performance, Charleston's The Post and Courier said, "technical and musical mastery... the rhythmic and expressive flavor of the music was always in the foreground."
Dr. Tejero is currently on the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she directs the clarinet studio, teaches music theory courses, and coaches the Clarinet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet. In 2009, she initiated the CAHS Clarinet Workshops, an instructional program designed to develop musical skills of high school clarinetists from the Greater Chattanooga area.
In addition, Dr. Tejero remains actively engaged in musicological research. She has presented lectures and lecture recitals on her area of specialization: the origins of Latin American art music traditions. She holds a Master of Music degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet performance from the University of Kentucky, School of Music.