Check out recordings of past performances in the Works section.

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, June 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Betterment Society
Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, California (event page)
The Spark new play festival presents a reading of The Betterment Society by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, featuring a song written by Nell and Deen. Tickets are $15; purchase online.

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape
House concert, Jacksonville, Florida (event page)
The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble performs works selected from their annual Call for Scores, including a live performance and screening of Nell’s The Faraway Nearby, a multimedia piece with video and music for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello. Ticket $40 advance, $50 at the door; purchase online.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

Human Child Lullaby, Sorting Photos, and Bury Me
Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London UK (event page)
An evening of arias and songs, including three of Nell’s works written with playwright and librettist Edward Einhorn—two of which are World Premieres—featuring students from Goodenough College.

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).
  • Skylark Vocal Ensemble, commission for choral work inspired by Victorian visual artists (Spring 2019).
  • 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).