A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, organist Nicholas Stigall graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May 2023 with a major in organ performance and a minor in German. Nicholas began studying organ at age 15 with Dr. Edie Johnson in Knoxville. His primary organ instructor at Indiana University was Dr. Janette Fishell. While at Indiana University, he also studied organ and church music with Dr. Marilyn Keiser and Dr. Jeffrey Smith.
During his undergraduate studies, Nicholas had the privilege of serving Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, Indiana as Organ Scholar for three years and Music Intern for one year. He additionally has been Organ Scholar at the Chautauqua Institution for two summers, where he assisted Joshua Stafford. At Chautauqua, Nicholas played the historic Massey organ in the 5,000-seat amphitheater for all services and a number of solo recitals.
Nicholas has been the recipient of numerous awards in organ performance. Most recently, he was recognized as a “20 under 30” for the 2023 class in the Diapason magazine. He won second prize at the 2022 Arthur Poister National Competition in Organ Playing and first prize at the 2019 Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Nicholas was featured as a Rising Star Performer at the 2020 American Guild of Organists National Convention. He was also an active member of the Bloomington chapter of the AGO, where he served as Dean.
Outside of music, Nicholas likes to keep active by walking in nature or taking Pure Barre classes. He is an avid tea drinker and particularly enjoys roasted oolong tea and green tea.