2017 Queen of Harmony and Master Director Nikki Blackmer

What can we say about our marvelous director? Fun! Dynamic! Irreverent! Talented! Those are just a few well chosen adjectives. With her upbeat personality, Nikki is a tremendous asset to our chorus. She knows how to bring out the best of each member, individually, as well as of the chorus as a whole.

Now as the lead of Frenzy Quartet, she can add 2017 Reigning Queen of Harmony to her long list of musical accomplishments.

Nikki has used her wealth of musical knowledge and her enthusiasm to help us grow from a struggling small chorus into the fantastic group of award-winning singers that we are today. Through her guidance, we recently qualified to participate in the 2017 Sweet Adelines Internation Competition as a "wild card" competitor. Under her guidance, we are always improving our singing and chord ringing. In 2015 she joined an elite group of Sweet Adelines Master Directors when Ajoy scored more than 600 points for the first time in competition. In 2016 Ajoy just kept improving.  

Though originally intending to coach the chorus until a permanent director could be found, Nikki quickly learned how addictive barbershop music can be. Nikki has brought new energy to a cappella joy since she became our permanent, full-time director in 2003. Now she is a fast-rising talent in the Sweet Adelines International community!

Nikki came to us with a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington. After graduating, she joined Portland Opera's Young Artist Program, Portland Opera Works! Nikki has been a featured solo artist with the South Australian State Opera and the Wake Forest Orchestra and Choir. She has been involved in the International Vocal Artist's Institute at Portland Opera and Vocal Arts NorthWest in Seattle.

Nikki is also a full-time voice instructor and chorus coach. She is always looking for new students. You may contact her at director@ajoysings.org for more information about voice lessons.

Visit Nikki's web site:http://www.nikkiblackmer.com/