In high demand as a soloist, collaborative pianist, music director, rehearsal accompanist, and teacher, Nicholas Maughan manages an active performance schedule, playing throughout the country with prize-winning vocalists, string players and pianists and frequently works as an accompanist at recitals, competitions, and masterclasses. In recognition of his pianistic pursuits, Maughan was awarded the Certificate of Distinguished Service, the Ruth Stevenson Accompanying Scholarhip, and other music scholarships by the Weber State University Department of Performing Arts.
Maughan also participates as an accompanist in a number of theatrical productions. Credits include Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. He has worked as musical director on shows including The Last Five Years, The Holly & The Ivy (Junction City Theatre Company); The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Dark Horse Theater Company); The Wizard of Oz, A Taffeta Wedding, Left My Heart: A Tribute to the Music of Tony Bennett, Forever Plaid, White Christmas, Cinderella, The Rocky Horror Show, and Judy: Beyond the Rainbow (Arundel Barn); Will Rogers Follies, Picnic At Hanging Rock (premiere) and Damn Yankees. He has worked as composer/arranger/music director and producer for Sister Dottie’s Holiday Extravaganza, Sister Dottie’s Holiday Hulabaloo, and The Fantabulous Holiday Fete (OUTreach Resource Center). The Nic Monologues, a series of one man shows based on Maughan’s life, has been produced at Ogden’s Own Good Company Theatre as “Memoirs of a Gay Son,” “The Nic Monologues,” and “On Maughanogamy.”
Maughan’s teaching and coaching experience includes training from Utah State University and Weber State University. He has kept busy with teaching private students since he was a junior in high school, and enjoys the wonderful things he learns from his students, who run the gamut from young beginners to students in the senior citizen bracket. He says, “It’s not so much that people always make beautiful music, but that music always makes people beautiful.”
Passionate in her work as a piano soloist, accompanist, and teacher, Molly Petrik holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from University of Montana and Western Michigan University, respectively. She has performed with highly esteemed musicians in recitals, master classes, festivals, and competitions. Notably she has premiered new works for piano solo and ensemble in Montana and California. Molly’s awards include a Gold Medal at Northwest Musicfest, Gilmore Keyboard Festival Fellowship and MTNA star award.
Most recently, Molly taught a full studio of delightful students, aged 4-adult, at the Music Stream Center in Davis, CA. As an engaged member of the Music Teachers Association of California, she chaired the Yolo County 2013 Fall Festival and co-chaired the Certificate of Merit operations in 2016. Her students have become well-rounded, expressive, life-long musicians with skills as varied as arranging, improvising, composing and interpreting.
While Molly has focused professionally on piano performance and teaching, she routinely seeks out choral singing recreationally. In Davis, she sang with and accompanied the nationally recognized, Vocal Art Ensemble. Recently she assumed musical directorship of the Ogden Threshold Singers, a choir focused on singing for those at the threshold of life.
In all of her musical endeavors, Molly strives for growth and learning and helping those around her do the same. Music is the language of the emotional and spiritual and her playing strives to communicate that which cannot be spoken.