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. 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 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. You can visit his publisher pages at Sheet Music Plus and J. W. Pepper & Son, Inc. in the United States and MusicaNEO in Switzerland for more information and a listing of his available works for piano, chamber ensemble and 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.
Pianist & Composer