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Nicole “Nikki” Tolentino began singing with the St. Charles Singers in 2018. The following year, she also began performing choral music with Cor Cantiamo.

Nikki earned her Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education and a minor in psychology at Northern Illinois University. During her collegiate career, she became one of the founding members of the women’s a capella ensemble, the NIU Harmelodics. Nikki performed as a church accompanist, solo cantor and music director for the Diocese of Rockford alongside working as a freelance musician. Shortly after graduation, she served as music director and acting director for Elgin Summer Theatre. She was nominated for the 2016 Broadway Chicago Awards for best director of their summer musical production, A Chorus Line. 

Nikki is currently the choir director, general music and guitar teacher at Oak Prairie Jr. High in Homer Glen. She directs the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curricular choirs and extracurricular ensembles, along with the annual musical production. Additionally, she teaches virtual and in-person private lessons in piano, voice, and keyboard synthesizer. She continues to serve as a church musician in the Diocese of Joliet and a member of the board of directors for The American Guild of Music, an international non-profit organization for music performance and education.

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