Nick Ortiz is a freshman in Music Education studying with Evan Clark and Howard Weiss. Nick previously studied with Roger Birkeland for seven years, where his passion for music was cultivated. He graduated from Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois, where he was a member of the jazz bands, choir, and men’s acapella while also holding positions as saxophone section leader, drum major and principal saxophone in his high school’s Symphonic Band junior and senior year. Nick has been selected to play with the American Heritage Orchestra, the Elmhurst College Saxophone choir, the ILMEA District 9 Concert band and the 2016 ILMEA All-State Honor Band. At the University of Illinois, Nick is a member of the Hindsley Symphonic Band and Black Chorus.