Austin Nikirk, Managing Director for the Spring 2021 semester, is a recent graduate of the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College (B.M. Voice/Opera). She also studied at the École Normale de Musique with internationally renowned soprano Sylvie Valayre during the fall of 2018. She was an intern with the choir during their 2019-2020 season, and an Assistant Director in Fall 2020. She has worked with many area choirs, including serving as the Assistant Director for Gettysburg College’s College Choir and Audeamus (upper voices), and the chancel choir at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gettysburg. Growing up, Austin sang and worked with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland and the American Kodály Children’s Chorus, and today she sings with Lux, a professional choir in Washington D.C.
An active performer, Austin has been a featured soloist with the Gettysburg College choirs and the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers include Colleen Case, Phyllis Burg, Susan Hochmiller, Philip Olsen, Sylvie Valayre, and Jeffery Fahnestock. She was a Stewart Senior Honors Recitalist, a winner at AMC NATS Student Auditions in 2017 and 2019, and a national semifinalist at the Classical Singer Competition in 2019. As a section leader, Austin has sung with Second Presbyterian in Baltimore, MD and Christ Lutheran in Gettysburg, PA. She has also performed with Peabody Opera, the Annapolis Opera company, Chesapeake Opera, and Sunderman Opera Workshop, among others.
Austin currently lives in Amiens, France, and works as an Assistante des langues vivantes in two schools. Learn more about Austin at www.austinnikirk.com
Gettysburg Children's Choir
PO Box 4178
Gettysburg, PA 17325