Check out recordings of past performances in the Works section.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:30pm

Into nowhere
Northwest Florida State College, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Florida (event page)
The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble performs works selected from their annual Call for Scores, including the first movement of Nell’s Into nowhere for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello. Free admission; no tickets required.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

Human Child Lullaby and Sorting Photos
London House, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London UK (presenter website)
An evening of arias and songs, including two of Nell’s works written with playwright and librettist Edward Einhorn, featuring students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Friday, November 2, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
SUnday, November 4, 2018

Mabel’s Call at University of New Mexico Opera Theatre
Keller Hall, UNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico (presenter website)
Full-length workshop production of Nell’s 85-minute chamber opera Mabel’s Call, featuring six soloists, chorus, and a seven-piece chamber ensemble. Stage direction by Leslie Umphrey and music direction by Kristin Ditlow. Performances times and tickets TBA.


Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

Mabel’s Call at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers (website)
Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase offers audiences a first look at the developmental processes for operas. A 20-minute excerpt of Nell’s chamber opera Mabel’s Call will be featured in a concert reading with piano accompaniment. Tickets are $10; purchase online.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 3:00pm

Fallen Star at New Dramatists (website)
424 W 44th Street, New York, New York
Workshop of Fallen Star, a music-theater collaboration with playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. Featuring Charity Wicks, music director; Cori Ellison, dramaturg; and performances by Camille Harris, Blake Friedman, and Nicole Mitchell.

Commissions, Residencies, and Other Engagements

Download Nell’s Curriculum Vitae (PDF) for a full list of past performances, commissions, residencies, fellowships, and honors.

  • Houston Grand Opera, HGOco Song of Houston chamber opera commission for a “feminist rodeo opera” with librettist Megan Cohen (premiere in Spring 2021).
  • Montage Music Society, commission for a piano trio inspired by the installations of Andy Goldsworthy (premiere in Spring 2019).
  • University of New Mexico, UNM Opera Theatre, Composer-in-Residence (Fall 2018).
  • Landscape Music Composers Network, Director of Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails national concert series (Fall 2018).