Nicole Tuma is a flutist, singer and educator with a special interest in the ways that the performing and visual arts are an expression of people’s lives and values. Originally from the Twin Cities, where she attended Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School and Cretin-Derham Hall High School, Ms. Tuma earned a Bachelor of Music in flute performance at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a Master of Music in flute performance with a Concentration in Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to teaching at St. Giles, she is heavily involved in Catholic liturgical music throughout the Chicago area. Ms. Tuma is currently a regular cantor and choir section leader at Old St. Pat’s and St. Vincent Ferrer churches, and in the past has worked at the Cathedral of St. Paul (St. Paul, MN), the Cathedral Parish (Madison, WI), and St. Thomas Aquinas (Madison, WI). She is featured on Catholic singer/songwriter Aaron Thompson’s album Be With Me Lord.
As a flutist, Ms. Tuma regularly collaborates with The Group Project to produce shows that combine storytelling and live improvised music in unconventional venues. She has performed at both the National Flute Association Convention and at the Wisconsin Flute Fair, and was a two-time winner of the Upper Midwest Flute Association’s Laudie Porter Competition. Ms. Tuma spends her summers as a music educator at the Grant Park Music Festival, where she helps campers from the Chicago Park District learn about and experience the power of a live orchestra and chorus.