Nicki Zawel is the Director of Bands at Ithaca High School where she directs the concert band, pep band, pit orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. Prior to her appointment in Ithaca, she was the Director of Bands at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY and the Director of Bands and Orchestras at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, NJ. While in New Jersey, she played clarinet in the New York Repertory Orchestra. She has guest conducted honor bands in New York and New Jersey, was the audition chairperson for Region I of the North Jersey School Music Association, and is currently the chairperson for the NYSSMA Zone 3 Area All-State Band. Zawel's ensembles have collaborated with such artists as Joseph Alessi, Emmanuel Ax, Richard Stoltzman, and Frank Battisti. She is a member of the Seneca-Tompkins Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the New York State School Music Association. Zawel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.