||A native of Australia, Nicole Marane is a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with David Higgs. In addition to being the organ department's General Administrative Assistant, she was Professor Higgs' Teaching Assistant for three years, winning a Graduate Teaching Assistant Prize for excellence in teaching. She completed a Master of Music Degree at Eastman in 2003 and has held graduate assistantships in both the harpsichord and sacred music programs.
Prior to studying in the United States, Nicole earned her undergraduate degree with First Class Honors at Australian National University in 1999. An accomplished performer, she has concertized throughout the world, including Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), St. Paul's Cathedral (London), St. Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh), and Sydney Town Hall, and performed as a soloist with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
A versatile musician, Nicole has inspired many students as a music teacher and toured as an orchestral clarinetist in Japan and Italy. In 2004, she earned first prize in two major competitions: the Miami International Organ Competition and the John Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition for church musicians. She was named as a competitor in the 2005 - 2006 American Guild of Organists' National Young Artist's Competition in Organ Performance and is the Organist and Choirmaster at the Penfield United Methodist Church in Rochester, New York.