Nick Petrella is the Coordinator of Percussion at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. As a performer he has commissioned and premiered over a dozen compositions and has many solo and chamber music performances to his credit. Nick has played with several large ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Michigan Opera. In 2002, he and pianist Diane Helfers Petrella formed the Petrella Ensemble, which has appeared throughout the US, Europe and in Mexico. In September 2008 he was the percussion coach for Xenakis’ Pleiades at the 114th BBC Proms Festival in Royal Albert Hall.