BY KATHLEEN STUBBS
Nicholas Will seeks to teach sacred music students all they need to know about leading music, including the non-musical skills they will need in their careers.
As a professor, Will conducts Franciscan University of Steubenville's two choirs, the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and the Franciscan University Chorale, and teaches various courses in the sacred music program. Will also serves as the director of music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie, Penn.
A graduate of Duquesne University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Will recently became a full-time teacher at Franciscan. However, he has been involved with Franciscan's sacred music program for a few years.
Will has worked with Franciscan's two choirs as an accompanist and presented a guest lecture this past spring in a conducting class, speaking about life as a parish musician and aspects of leading music at a parish. Through his interaction with the University, Will became familiar with the high quality of Franciscan's sacred music program and was impressed with the achievements of both choirs and the alumni of the program.
"When the position came open, I naturally wanted to become a professor in the sacred music program (of Franciscan University)," said Will.