Nick Klemetson (2022 Cohort)
Nick Klemetson (BM Piano Performance, St. Olaf College; MSM Choral Conducting, Emory University) currently serves as Director of Worship at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Winter Haven, FL, moving to Florida after spending ten wonderful years in Waverly, IA. Before that, he served as a church musician in the Twin Cities, MN, and Atlanta, GA. An avid champion of the choral arts, he was Artistic Director of Bel Canto Cedar Valley, an auditioned community chorus centered in Cedar Falls, IA, from 2017 to 2021. An active pianist, he regularly collaborates with schools, colleges, and other organizations for freelance piano work. Nick is a published composer, contracted with Augsburg Fortress and Morningstar Music Publishers. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and Siberian Husky Buddy, cooking, powerlifting, video games, chess, and video/audio editing.
Nick chose to undertake the DPM because of the specific focus on pastoral music. He is excited to meet and collaborate with people of different backgrounds and life experiences, and to have a guided approach to academic learning in a structured format. His current interests lie in searching for new depth and meaning in all styles of worship, planning services that hope to achieve that goal, and continuing to expand his knowledge in organ, piano, and choral repertoire. Above all is his desire to serve his congregation and worship ministry with compassion, grace, and humility.