GRAMMY Award Winning Recording Artist, Composer, Performer and Teacher    

Spring is definitely here and I am so very grateful for all that it brings to cheer us up.  I hope that all of you are taking care of yourselves and staying healthy.   Very excited to announce the premiere of a lovely new composition by Benjy Wertheimer (Shantala) entitled Aham Devo which features Shantala, Jami Sieber, Steve Gorn and myself.  It will be on Friday, May 29 at 5:30pm PST (8:30 EST) followed by a live Zoom meet and greet with the artists - the link will be on the youtube site.  The composition was recorded individually at our respective locations and then mixed by Benjy.  This should be a wonderful evening of celebrating the release of this new soothing 8 minute chant and then enjoying the company of each other.  

Due to Covid,  concerts and workshops are cancelled and I truly don't know when they will really be starting up again.  Lessons can be taught via FaceTime if you are interested.  I am practicing, making and experimenting with oboe and English horn reeds, working on new pieces and learning fingerings for different ocarinas.  I am going outside a lot and working in my garden - it soothes my heart and soul.

 I'm looking forward to getting a new ocarina sometime this summer from the exceptional American ocarina-maker Ross Dubois and AErka, who creates amazing designs on the instruments   If you have ever wanted to get an ocarina, they would be wonderful people to help support, and your can start with a sweet small instrument called a Gosling!

I have been doing some remote playing with friends and will announce some new music soon that can be found online soon.


I finished my tracks for a project with Oregon based singer/songwriter Linda Yapp.  Her children's release will be a wonderful recording of new and traditional songs. I play tenor ocarina, English horn, oboe, melodica, tin whistle and even a little Native flute.  Her songs are so inspiring and fun! I liken her style to a combination of Mr. Rogers andPete Seeger with a lovely bit of magic!!  The amazing Charles Michael Brotman of  Lava Tracks Studio is mixing and performing on the CD as well.  I will let you know when it is out!

If you have questions, comments, suggestions or ideas about music making during this Covid time, please email me at   

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. 

THANKS for Supporting Live and Recorded Music!  Gratefully,  Nancy