Nick Payne is a dynamic and versatile pianist and composer who currently resides in Grapevine, Texas. He is currently on the faculty at Tarrant County College - Northeast where he teaches piano and music composition. He also performs in various ensembles in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and works as a freelance composer/arranger. He holds a Masters degree in jazz composition and arranging from the University of North Texas where he studied with composer Rich DeRosa. At UNT he also had the privilege to study music composition and orchestration with Dr. Kirsten Broberg as well as jazz piano with Pat Coil and Stefan Karlsson. In addition, he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in piano performance from Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied under pianist Lawrence Sieberth, composer/arranger John Mahoney, and composer Dr. James Walsh. He has traveled extensively over the years visiting thirty-five countries on six continents. He has been influenced by numerous genres of music from many different cultures giving him a unique perspective to draw on in his composing and performing. Nick is available to hire for clinics, live performances, and commissioned compositions.