Nina Shekhar’s music explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter. Her works have been performed by ETHEL, Tony Arnold, Third Angle New Music, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and have been featured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, Blackbird Creative Lab, GLFCAM, I Care If You Listen, and WNYC/New Sounds. Upcoming projects include performances by Eighth Blackbird, a new work for Music from Copland House for CULTIVATE, and a performance at National Sawdust sponsored by the Hildegard Competition. She is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award and 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award.

Nina is also a versatile performing artist, studying flute with Amy Porter, performing as a piano soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic, and as a saxophonist in the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Nina is currently pursuing her master’s degree in composition at the University of Southern California, studying with Ted Hearne and serving as a composition and aural skills teaching assistant. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in composition and chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, studying with Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, Michael Daugherty, and Gabriela Lena Frank.