A founding member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
, Nicholas is a versatile guitarist equally at home in the classical and pop realms. As a studio musician, he can be heard on many of the country's major record labels, including on three of Janet Jackson's albums. Nicholas attended the University of Southern California and received his D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota. He was a student of such classical and jazz masters as Pepe Romero, Howard Roberts, and Jeffrey Van. Nicholas is an assistant professor at the College of St. Benedict|St. John's University where he teaches guitar and lectures in popular music history and music theory.