A native of Boardman, Ohio, Nick Tatarka earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Double Bass Performance from Boston University. His primary teachers were Todd Seeber and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2010, Nick became the Middle and High School Orchestra Director for the Duxbury Public Schools. His responsibilities include teaching nearly 300 string students in grades 6-12 as well Music Theory and Film Music courses at the High School. Under his direction, the Duxbury String Program has continued to grow and the High School String program has expanded to nearly 130 students across three string orchestras plus an after school rock orchestra. Nick previously taught in Medfield, MA where he was responsible for all of the string instrument lessons and orchestras in grades 4 through 12.
In 2008 and 2010, the Medfield High School Orchestra was awarded a gold medal at the MICCA Concert Festival. In 2011 the Duxbury High School String Ensemble was the only featured High School String group at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference and in 2015 was a featured ensemble at the NAfME All-Eastern Conference. In addition, Nick’s groups have performed at Mechanics Hall, Jordan Hall, Strathmore Hall, Disney World, and Carnegie Hall. He has conducted the Bay Youth Symphony, Bays Sinfonia, and the Western and Eastern District Junior Orchestras. Nick has adjudicated SEMSBA and MMEA Eastern and Southeastern District auditions as well as solo competitions throughout the state. In 2010 and 2011, he acted as the bass instructor for the New England Conservatory’s Summer Festival Youth Orchestra. His groups have collaborated with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, cellist Rufus Cappadocia, and the Boston String Quartet. Nick is currently the String Adjudication Chair for the MMEA Southeast District