Music has been an important part of Nancy’s life from her early childhood. Growing up in a musical family, her mother played flute, her father was a percussionist, and many of her brothers and sisters studied piano or played a variety of other instruments. When she wanted to learn to play the flute, the school told her there were “too many” and they encouraged her to start the clarinet. Though picking up both the flute and the saxophone later in high school, she had fallen in love with her clarinet and decided to make it her life’s work.
She received her B.S. degree in Music Education at Nazareth College of Rochester, where she studied with Stanley Gaulke and during her junior year abroad in Rennes, France, she studied with Charles Rouault. Following her graduation, she began teaching private clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons at the Finger Lakes Community College. With a group of fellow clarinetists, she helped form the Clarinet Collection, a clarinet ensemble that is still performing together in the Rochester area. Moving to Boston, Nancy did her graduate work at Boston University where she studied clarinet with Michael Webster and earned her M.M. degree in Woodwind Performance.
As a performer, Nancy enjoys collaborating with her fellow musicians especially in chamber music settings.
Nancy and her foxhound Leo, love to take daily walks and hiking up Mt. Wachusett. She enjoys baking breads and pizzas and capturing the summer’s fruit bounty by making delicious jams and sauces.