NICHOLAS R. MOWRY (b. 1993) is a composer and violist from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Composing primarily instrumental concert work with a focus on string writing, he studies composition at Michigan State University. He has been a student of Micah Levy, Jere Hutcheson, and Mark Sullivan. With a background in strings, particularly viola, his goal is to expand the contemporary literature for viola. His music is motivated by a desire to directly or indirectly bring people closer to God and have people challenge themselves to reexamine their life.
Aside from composition, Mowry began playing viola at age 9. He studies viola performance at Michigan State University. His teachers include Alvaro Garcia (University of Wisconsin- Parkside) and currently Yuri Gandelsman (Michigan State University.) He has won the McKinley Camille Award (2013), and Congress of Strings 1964 Award (2012). In 2011, Mowry was a quarterfinalist in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with a string quartet named Contrapunctus. The same group also received honorable mention at the Discover National Chamber Music Competition. Mowry won the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2010. He is currently the principle violist in the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra.
In high school he was the principle violist of Wisconsin High School State Honors Project Orchestra, and assistant principle with the National High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra.
Outside of music, Mowry is an avid fan of auto racing, and is very active in his church St. John Student Center in East Lansing, Michigan. He achieved the Eagle Scout Rank through the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. In Academia, he earned the University Scholars Award in 2011. He currently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.