Dr. Michael Bartnik


Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Michael Bartnik joined the faculty at Nicholls State University in 2011 as the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds. Prior to Nicholls State, Michael Bartnik was the Instructor of Clarinet at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

As an active soloist and chamber musician, Michael Bartnik has performed extensively in concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. Since 2009, he has been the Associate Principal of Clarinet with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and is featured on a chamber recording under the Sono Luminous label. He previously held positions with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (Perigeaux, France). Michael Bartnik has also performed on the National Broadway tours of Wicked and Little House on the Prairie; at the International Clarinet Association conventions in 2010 and 2014; and in a recital series throughout Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of Dr. Bartnik’s favorite venues include include Cadogan Hall in London, England; the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Michael Bartnik holds a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin, master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s from Northwestern State University.  During his studies, he received a fellowship to study at the Aspen Music Festival and has also participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, and Idyllwild Music Festival.

Dr. Michael Bartnik is committed to teaching and training the next generation of musicians and teaches master classes in the United States and abroad.


B.M.E. Northwestern State University
M.M. College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati
D.M.A. University of Texas at Austin


MUS 105 — Music Appreciation
MUS 292 — Instrumental Ensemble
MUS 320 — History of Rock and Roll
MUS 326 — History of Hip Hop Music
MUS 407 — World Music


MUS 161, 162, 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 400, 471, 472


292 Talbot Hall
Phone: 985.448.4615
E-mail: michael.bartnik@nicholls.edu