American String Teacher Journal

August 1999 - Bagatelle No. 1

November 1999Essay on Silent Night

August 2000The Kerry Dance

August 2000 -Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral (Thats an Irish Lullaby) 

February 2001Menuetto from Piano Sonata No.1 Op. 49 No. 2

November 2001On The Lake

Nick Raspa (b 1955) resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America (Benjamin T. Rome School of Music) and studied music composition privately, in New York City, with Fulbright scholar and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Frank Retzel, Ph.D.

Raspa is an active free-lance pianist and performs locally in South Florida.  He is also a composer of contemporary music and has had many works selected, through competition, for performance both in the United States and Europe.  Raspa's original music and arrangements have been sold in over 30 countries around the world.

In 1988, Raspa’s work, “Three Poems for Soprano Voice and Piano”, a setting of three poems by Emily Dickinson, was selected for performance at the University of Wisconsin New Music Festival.  The same work was selected for performance at the regional meeting of the Society of Composers, Inc.  “Three Poems for Soprano Voice and Piano” has also been selected for inclusion in the Archives and Manuscript Division of the New York City Public Library

In 1992, The Audubon Symphony Orchestra premiered Raspa’s orchestral work, “Renewal”.  In 1994, Raspa’s solo piano piece, “Dawning” was selected for a world premiere on Belgrade Television.  “Dawning” has also been selected for inclusion in the Archives and Manuscript Division of the New York City Public Library.  In 1999, Raspa’s solo piano work, “Spooky Waltz” was selected for performance at the ppIANISSIMO New Music Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.  Also in 1999, Raspa was commissioned to write a piece for string quartet based on the original hymn, Silent Night.  The new piece, “Essay on Silent Night”, received a 1999 premiere in Lancaster, Pa., U.S.A.

In 2005, two of Raspa’s pieces for string orchestra were selected for performance at the Living Composer’s Concert held in Glendale, Wisconsin.  Those two pieces were “Bagatelle No. 1” and “On The Lake”.  In 2012, Raspa’s trio work, “Dimension 20, Regeneration” was selected for performance in the program, "Access Contemporary Music" and performed in Chicago by members of the contemporary music ensemble "Anaphora".  That program was broadcast over the Internet.  Raspa’s educational music for the piano has received excellent reviews in the music trade journal, Clavier. His educational music for the string orchestra has received excellent reviews in The American String Teacher Journal.

In addition to performing and composing, Raspa was also the Founding Conductor of the Audubon Community Orchestra (currently known as Audubon Symphony Orchestra) located near Philadelphia, PA.  Raspa was the music director and conductor until moving from Pennsylvania in 1993.


Raspa taught music privately for more than 25 years in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and also served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota River Valley Music Teachers Association.  The last three years, prior to moving back to the east coast, 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 is a freelance composer and has a number of works listed with major distributors both here in the United States and Europe.  His works have sold in over 30 countries.  You can visit his publisher pages at Sheet Music PlusJ. W. Pepper & Son, Inc., and Parts & Score in the United States, Score Exchange in England and MusicaNEO in Switzerland for more information and a listing of his available works for piano, voice, instrumental duets, trios, chamber ensembles, full and string orchestra.  

Nick is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc., ASCAP and is a past President and Emeritus member of The Minnesota River Valley Music Teachers Association.

Nick Raspa

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​​​Clavier Companion

May/June 2005Six Etudes for Hand over Hand Arpeggio

September 2005My Very First Waltz,

September 2005I Think I Hear an Echo

October 2005O Christmas Tree

October 2005Essay on Silent Night II

September/October 2016 - Greensleeves

September/October 2016O Holy Night 

July/August 2018 - Moon River

July/August 2018 - Hallelujah​​

Pianist & Composer