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GRAMMY Award Winning Recording Artist, Composer, Performer and Teacher    Skype Consults and Lessons Available



NEWS - Happy New Year!  So many wonderful things happening including the 30th 12th Night Concert in Langley WA on Jan 2.  It was a blast!  There was a FULL house and I saw lots of old friends and met some new ones too!  Thank You Whidbey Island for being such an incredibly supportive community for so many years.  A special shout out to Bill & Donna Humphreys for maintaining the enthusiasm for this event for decades :) even though you live in New Mexico now!

It is the 30th Year that Eric Tingstad and I have been playing Holiday shows.  This year we started out in Spencer, WI where we have played several times and then continued to Mequon/Milwaukee WI where we had a Narada Reunion House Concert organized by a friend from 27 years ago!!  On to Snohomish, WA to a Sold Out show at Tim Noah's wonderful ThumbNail theater (stay tuned for an Ocarina Workshop there in the next few months).   The next grouping included Bremerton, then over the pass to the gorgeous Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth, WA.  We beat the deep snow storm by about 60 minutes and traveled to Port Angeles to play a benefit concert for the Captain Joseph Foundation - a fantastic project for Gold Star families.  My birthday show this year was at Bake's Place in Bellevue, WA and we finished off with two Sold Out shows at Traditions in Olympia WA.  Thanks to all the incredible presenters and our wonderful booking agent -- Eric's wife -- Carol!

 I created a new informance presentation for the Leavenworth BirdFest last May called - A Composer's Inspiration -  Bird Songs.  It was very well received and if you are interested in booking this presentation for a house concert or small lecture series, please contact me at  It is really a lot of fun and very interesting (if I do say so myself :)

While in Leavenworth I also performed my first Conjunto piece, a long time dream given my San Antonio roots, with young accordionist Leonardo Guerrero and his teacher Jose Lopez playing guitar.  I also played a piece with a bell choir for the first time - the amazing Leavenworth Marlin Handbell Ringers.  I have aspirations to do more of both!!!  

I recently recorded English horn on a new project of Lisa Grace & Linda Sebenius.  I also did an oboe part for Andrew Joslyn's new release.  You can also hear English horn parts on Wayne Gratz's project entitled Safer Places. Wayne is a wonderful pianist that I collaborated with when we were both signed to Narada.  Wearing a new hat, I engineered and produced a spoken word project with famed writer and journalist Charles Cross.  I hope that we can do more!

 I scored the music for a new DVD for Robin Rothenberg therapeutic yoga instructor extrodinaire - Shema Meditation Through The Chakras.  Graciously Robin included a solo section of my score for listening as one of the chapters on the DVD  or you can purchase just the music for meditation at:   The music features the oboe or English horn in a variety of combinations with strings, harp, and choral sounds.  Their previous Yoga Nidra CD for reducing anxiety continues to get raves reviews and is newly reprinted again :) 

SURPRISE & WONDER -- These delightful workshops are a huge hit at elementary schools both public and private as well as community centers and libraries.  

OBOE/ENGLISH HORN/OCARINA & COMPOSITION SESSION WORK -- Would you love to have the sound of my instruments on your next release?  Perhaps you would like to commission an original piece?  I am available for hire and can record at my studio.  It's a great way to get exceptional professional playing or a beautiful new original piece on your recording. 

MUSIC BUSINESS CONSULTS --  So many musicians have questions about recording, performing, practicing etc.. and I offer consults via Skype, by phone or in person.  "For years colleagues have called upon me for help with their music careers due to my networking, marketing, and creative experience." 

OCARINA/OBOE/ENGLISH HORN LESSONS -- I am also available in person and/or online via Skype!  This is a great way to get pointers on technique, practicing, improvising, recording, performing and musicianship.

THANKS for Supporting Live and Recorded Music!  Gratefully,  Nancy