John Nydam

John N.

Princeton, NJ
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Hi Everyone!

My name is John Nydam, and I'm an active pianist in the Princeton, NJ area. I have been playing the piano for over 16 years and have experience performing in many styles (classical, jazz, etc...). Currently, I am a student at Princeton University, intending to pursue a jazz performance certificate.
I regularly play in the Princeton Jazz Program; I have been the pianist for several small ensembles as well as the pianist for the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble. I was also co-music director and pianist for "Singing in the Rain," a student-run senior thesis project in Spring 2016. I have also had experience performing in other ensembles, including the New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra and the NAfME All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble. In 2014, I received an opportunity to perform with the Massachusetts All-State Ensemble at the Newport Jazz Festival. I have also attended numerous summer music institutes, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Young Composers), the Berklee Five-Week Performance Program, and the Skidmore Jazz Institute.
I believe that I not only will be able to help students improve and gain more confidence at the instrument but will also be able to relate with them on what it's like to learn a new instrument. Students can also check out my SoundCloud page to get an idea of my work. I'm open to working with students of all ages, and I look forward to hopefully meet some of you!

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Pianist for the Princeton University Jazz Program
Sep 2015 - Present
Princeton University

- Ensembles include The Art Blakely Jazz Messengers Ensemble, and the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble

2017 Berklee Five-Week Big Band
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Berklee School of Music

Co-Music Director for "Singing in the Rain"
Feb 2016 - May 2016
Princeton University Theater Department

New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
New England Conservatory (NEC)

Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble
Mar 2014 - Aug 2014
Massachusetts Association for Music Education


Bachelor of Science Engineering (B.S.E) - Computer Science
Sep 2015 - Present
Princeton University
High School Diploma
Sep 2012 - Jun 2015
The Rivers School
Young Artists's Composition Institute
Jun 2013 - Aug 2014
Boston University Summer Tanglewood Institute


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Winner of the MATA Jr. Composition Competition
Nov 2014
"Outstanding Soloist" Award
Feb 2014
Charles Mingus High School Competition
"Superior Musicianship" Award
Feb 2014
Berklee High School Jazz Festival


National Association for Music Edcuation
Oct 2014

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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Emily S. Nov 28, 2017
Piano · In studio

John is a really great player! He is an accomplished and award-winning pianist in both jazz and classical styles, and he plays with elegance and musicality. He knows an enormous amount about classical and jazz repertoire, and he is a patient teacher who is excited about sharing what he knows with his students. I highly recommend him!

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