Nicholas Hudson is a professional, conservatory-trained bagpipe musician and instructor based in the Pittsburgh area. He is the third ever graduate of the Bagpipe Performance degree at Carnegie-Mellon University. An experienced performer, Nick is well versed in both traditional and contemporary piping and, as a Professional grade bagpiper, has won many prizes in solo competition. He also holds the Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Piping, the highest certification possible for bagpipe performance. He has competed multiple times at the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, and has also competed successfully in France, placing third in the national championship. In addition to highland piping, Nick is an active performer of border/smallpipes and whistles with various ensembles. In addition to his performance degree he also was in the Music Education Certification program at Carnegie-Mellon. He currently teaches several pipe bands of various grades in the Pittsburgh area as well as maintaining a private bagpipe lesson studio.