Nikolasa Tejero is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and
Woodwind Division Coordinator at The University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she directs the clarinet
studio, teaches music theory and literature courses, and
coaches the Clarinet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet. Dr.
Tejero holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University
of Tennessee—Chattanooga, a Master of Music degree from
Baylor University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from
the University of Kentucky. Her principal teachers were Jay
Craven, Peter Temko, Laura Ardan, Richard Shanley, and
Born and raised in Mérida, México, Nikolasa was
influenced by the music of her native Yucatán, where she
began her musical training. Since then, she has been
fascinated by the cultural and musical imprint left by her
childhood experiences in the Mexican culture and has
devoted much of her energy to researching the history,
evolution and construction of these cultural elements in the
folk, popular, and art music of various Latin American music
centers. Today, Dr. Tejero remains actively engaged in this
musicological research. She has presented several lectures
and lecture recitals on the topic of Latin American art music
traditions (last spring she performed The Clarinet in the New World—4.0: Dances Across the
Americas, the fourth in a series of Latin American themed recitals
exploring the diverse dance traditions in North, Central and South
America as found in the concert repertoire for the clarinet).
Celebrated for her engaging performances and creative
programming, Dr. Tejero keeps a busy schedule as concerto
soloist and recitalist across the United States. She also
appears regularly at festivals and conferences
internationally; most recently she performed at the
International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest© 2013 (Assisi, IT), the
College Music Society International
Conference 2013 (Buenos Aires, AR), and TNMEA 2013 (TN).
Other appearances have included TMEA (San Antonio, TX),
Spoleto USA (Charleston, SC),
International Music Festival (Sydney, AU), and
New Dischord Festival
(Chattanooga, TN). Her interpretations are recognized as elegant and
spirited, and her playing has been described as possessing "technical
and musical mastery...the rhythmic and expressive flavor of
the music was always in the foreground."
(The Post and
Courier—Spoleto USA edition, Charleston, SC). Dr. Tejero
has received a number of distinctions both nationally and
abroad (among these, the Outstanding Performer Award at
the International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, and the
second place award in the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta's
Young Artists Competition).
As a proponent of new music, Dr. Tejero has premiered
several new works written for her; most recent among these
were the premieres of Mario Abril's
for clarinet and piano, Harvey Stokes' Clarinet Concerto and
(written for her flute, clarinet and piano ensemble
and Tim Hinck's sonata for clarinet and piano "Digitalis."
She is a founding member of
New Dischord, a Chattanooga-group committed to the promotion of
music that over the past several years has presented a
variety of new music events, including a new music festival.
Dr. Tejero is the founder and director of the
Clarinet Winter Festival; the event, which offers diverse
musical activities for student, amateur, and professional
clarinetists, has drawn participants from across a half-dozen
states in the Southeastern US.