Nicholas Weininger

photo: Jeffry Harrison

Nicholas Weininger (b. 1978) is a composer, singer, software engineering manager, and leadership coach. Weininger’s works for a cappella chorus have been performed by ensembles across the United States, ranging from the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco and the NYC-based ensemble Choral Chameleon to the West Genesee High School Chorale, the Germantown Friends School Concert Choir, and the festival ensemble Coro Mundi. In March 2023, the Empire City Men’s Chorus premiered his cantata Hakol Hevel (All is Mere Breath) for TTBB chorus, orchestra, and soloists. Weininger’s works are published through Personage Press and ArrangeMe. 

Weininger has sung with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) since 2007. He began composing for IOCSF in 2011 and in 2015-2016 served as IOCSF’s inaugural Composer-in-Residence; the ensemble has performed ten of his works in all and recorded four on the albums The Unknown Region and Hope in Times of Disquiet. Weininger’s 2016 setting of As kingfishers catch fire, commissioned by IOCSF, was awarded second prize in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition and was a finalist for the 2020 American Prize. Weininger’s singing experience also includes stints with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale, and Coro Mundi. 

In Weininger’s non-musical life, he has spent most of his career managing teams of software engineers and mentoring software engineering leaders, notably at Google from 2005 to 2020. He received a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Rutgers University in 2005. Initially an autodidact composer, Weininger took up private composition study with Joseph Stillwell in 2014 and now studies with Vince Peterson. Weininger lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.


All Is Mere Breath

Release Date: December 8, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6587
21st Century
Vocal Music
"Havel havalim hakol hevel," — “Merest breath, all is mere breath.” In the throes of lockdown, Nicholas Weininger found himself reflecting on this Hebrew verse; what is the nature of our collective life sustained on if not breath and breath alone? It was a breath robbed and convoluted during the COVID-19 pandemic: the ravaged breath of the afflicted, the fear of coming too close to the breath of another. Our world seemed to pause and take a breath, busy city streets gone barren amid our collective anxieties. Debuted and recorded by the Empire City Men’s Chorus, ALL IS MERE BREATH asks us to question the nature of our changed society in the thought of mere breath alone, and offers us refuge in the breath of song, perhaps, now and then, the purest form of it.