US orchestra in shock over death of young assistant

US orchestra in shock over death of young assistant


norman lebrecht

March 26, 2015

We have been informed that Nicolas Sluss-Rodionov, chorus manager of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a talented singer and organist, died last night at the age of 33. He was in a car crash on March 20 and had been in intensive care ever since.

Nic’s title was Production Assistant and Chorus Manager. He was scheduled to be the bass soloist in this weekend’s MSO Chorus concert.
sluss rodionov

UPDATE: Obit here.



  • Keith Aspinwall says:

    We will miss you dearly, Nic. Not only with the MSO, but also with First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. Your talents, compassion, and warmth will be greatly missed. You left a mark on this community. Keith Aspinwall and the Sazama’s Team

  • Steve Murphy says:

    Mr. Lebrecht, Nicolas was 33 years old.

  • Frank Almond says:

    RIP Nic. A wonderful colleague gone way too soon.

  • His brother says:

    Nick was 33. Thanks.

  • His Aunt says:

    Our hearts mourn for our Nic, he was such a vibrant, talented, and caring young man. His life touched so many people in such a positive way, and had an amazing sense of community. He was deeply loved.

  • Kyle Norris says:

    Nic touched many people’s lives and I thank him for being apart of mine. You will be missed you my good friend and colleague.

  • Ed Probst says:

    Nic was the organist at the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa 8:00 AM Sunday service and one of the reasons I found that service so fulfilling. All of us appreciated his shy smile when we would compliment him on his musical ability. He was a wonderfully talented young man who will be truly, truly missed.

  • Jane Boyd says:

    Dearest Nic, you will be greatly missed at First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa. Your talents, your enthusiasm, your love of our Church Family will be denied us but our memories of you will be forever.
    Much love and many hugs,
    Jane Boyd
    Past Moderator

  • Jan says:

    i had the joy of working with Nic, when I served at a church in Tosa. An incredibly talented person, and a genuinely good and honorable human being. Rest in Peace, Nic.

  • Steve Murphy says:

    I remember Nic when he came into the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus family. He was a true talent and was always upbeat. His smile always made me feel good. Now he is among the singing angels. Nic, may you rest in peace and rise in glory!

  • Natalie says:

    Nic was a great guy and always was kind to everyone no matter what. He defined “a great guy.”

  • Natalie says:

    Nic was very kind to everyone no matter what. He was the definition of “a great guy.”

  • Shasta Moreno says:

    R.I.P Nic. You will be missed tremendously! Thank you for always being so kind to my staff as well as myself. May you rest in peace.
    Shasta Moreno and staff at Gibb Cleaning

  • Justin Smith says:

    Rest in peace, Nic. Your warmth and talent will be missed. Praying for you and your family.

  • Debbie Masloski says:

    Because you touched our lives Nic, you will always be with us.

  • Alicia says:

    I just found out about this horrible loss. I had the pleasure of singing with him in the chorus for only a short time but remember his kindness and willingness to help anyone well. Praying he is at peace.