Nick Raspa resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America. Subsequent to graduation, Raspa studied music composition privately in New York City for several years with Fulbright scholar and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Frank Retzel, Ph.D.
Raspa has been teaching music for over 30 years. Prior to moving to Florida, Raspa taught privately in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. In addition to teaching in the Minneapolis area, Raspa served, in various positions, on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota River Valley Music Teachers Association. The last three years, prior to moving to Virginia, he served as President of that organization. Raspa was also a member of the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum and served as state/national liaison for that group.
Raspa’s past activities include founding conductor of the Audubon Symphony Orchestra, located near Philadelphia, PA. Raspa was the music director and conductor until moving from Pennsylvania in 1993.
Raspa’s original compositions have been chosen, through competition, for performances both in the United States and in Europe. His works for piano and orchestra have received excellent reviews in music trade journals in the United States. Raspa is a freelance pianist and composer as well as a private instructor in piano, theory and composition. He is a member of the Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum, the Minnesota River Valley Music Teachers Association and the Society of Composers.
Works selected for performance through national and international competition
Three Poems for Soprano Voice & Piano - Univ. of Wisconsin New Music Festival 1988?
Dawning Television Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1994
?Spooky Waltz ppIANISSIMO New Music Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria 1999?
Bagatelle No.1 Living Composer Concert, Wisconsin 2005?
On The Lake Living Composer Concert, Wisconsin 2005
Renewal Audubon Symphony Orchestra Audubon, PA 1992
?Essay on Silent Night Lancaster, PA 1999?
Dimension 20 Chicago 2012
American String Teacher Journal
August 1999 - Bagatelle No. 1
November 1999 - Essay on Silent Night
?August 2000 - The Kerry Dance
August 2000 - Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Thats an Irish Lullaby
February 2001 - Menuetto from Piano Sonata No.1 Op. 49 No. 2?
November 2001 - On The Lake
May/June 2005 - Six Etudes for Hand over Hand Arpeggio
September 2005 - My Very First Waltz
September 2005 - I Think I Hear an Echo
November 2006 - Christmas Swings