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Nikki Stoia is presently a Senior Lecturer II in the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance, Chief Undergraduate Advisor for the Music Department and Honors Program Director, and, as Associate Dean of Advising, serves as Executive Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Advising Center. She is also a four-time Distinguished Teacher Award nominee and a 2006 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award winner.
From Fall 2003 through March 2005 Professor Stoia was the Music Director, conductor, and pianist for all the premieres and subsequent performances of the opera The Captivation of Eunice Williams (music by Paula Kimper, libretto by Harley Erdman, conceived with Linda McInerney, Stage Director). Having served as accompanist for the Springfield Symphony Chorus for nineteen years, Professor Stoia is now in her ninth year as Music Director/Conductor of this ensemble. In the summer of 2008, she served as Head Vocal Coach and Chorus Master for Italian Operatic Experience in Urbania, Italy. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying and Chamber Music from the UMass Amherst, acknowledged as a Phi Kappa Phi graduate, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Music and German.