Happy New Year to all my students, future students, music colleagues and followers!
- Upcoming events for Nancy:
- McConnell Chamber Orchestra will be performing on February 5th at the Mac in Worthington, Ohio
- Sabbatical, Spring 2017:
- Heading down the Mississippi to continue my research into music along the River Road. I’ll start in Memphis, exploring Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and all the sites on Beale St. Next, it’s off to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where I explore the Delta Blues Museum, Hambone Gallery, Red’s Blues Club, the Hopson Plantation and Commissary and end up at Ground Zero Blues Club, seen recently in Anthony Bordain’s CNN series, “Parts Unknown”.
- Finally, I land in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana for a month of Cajun music, dancing, singing, and southern culture. I’ve already started a deep dive into Cajun accordion (my newest wind instrument exploration) with Blake Miller and am excited to continue down that rabbit hole of music learning. I also hope to shadow the music educators in the area who have taken this tradition to schools. Oral tradition in music education lives in traditional cultures and I’m curious to see it in action.
- Shoutin’ Sisters is alive and well – my project that is recreating the music of the Boswell Sisters (for info on these gals, check out: http://bozzies.org ). Stay tuned for more news in the spring!
- It was a whirlwind fall at Ohio Wesleyan University with three events taking place in 10 days in October: our guest artists, professor emeritus Joe Musser, Turkish musician Latif Bolat and Baroque flutist Dennette McDermott, followed by our extraordinary faculty recital with oboe professor Karen Pfeifer, bassoon professor Emily Patronik and theater professor Brad Sadler All that with performances with the McConnell Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Dance Theatre annual tradition of The Little Match Girl. My musical life is loud and long!