Nickolas Carlson is a conductor, organist, and collaborative pianist from Lindsborg, KS. Nickolas is the newly appointed music director and conductor of the Olympia Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he is currently teaching as an adjunct faculty member and is the staff accompanist at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.  

Nickolas received his Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Wichita State University under Dr. Mark Laycock in the spring of 2016. He received his Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS under Dr. Melody Steed. 

While studying at Wichita State University, he was assistant conductor for four WSU Opera Theater Productions: Die FledermausDon Giovanni, Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd, and The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel.

He was also the music director for WSU's production of J.P. Rameau's Les Indes Galantes, a collaboration between the Opera and Dance departments, in the spring of 2016. Nickolas conducted Handel’s Rinaldo with Chicago Summer Opera in the summer of 2018.