Nell’s music at ASTA, PMEA, & NATS conferences, plus Monmouth Civic Orchestra

Spring’s greetings, friends!

On today’s equinox, here in the Hudson Valley, buds and sprouts are emerging from winter dormancy and migratory birds are making their appearances. Meanwhile, the spring concert season is warming up around the country.

I’m honored that my music is being featured at three different professional conferences for music educators in the coming months, in performances ranging from a chorus of 245 young voices to solo cello. Additionally, my orchestral tone poem The Sphinx and the Milky Way will be given its fifth performance! Read on for details of these performances.

Wishing you all the best,


(Image above: the skunk cabbage, icon of spring!)

Horizon at ASTA National Conference

Thursday, March 21 at 2:30pm
Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY

My work for solo cello, Horizon, was selected through a national Call for Scores to be featured in the New Music Reading Sessions at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference.

Horizon will be presented by Mira Frisch in the Applied Studio: Solo and Chamber Music reading session featuring music by Women Composers for Cello, Double Bass, Harp, & Guitar.

It’s a Long Way at PMEA Annual Conference

Saturday, April 20 at 4:00pm
Warner Theatre, Erie, PA

The 245 young voices of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Chorus, conducted by Christopher Jackson, will perform my choral work It’s a Long Way at the annual PMEA Conference in Erie, PA.

Monmouth Civic Orchestra Performs The Sphinx and the Milky Way

Painting "The Sphinx and the Milky Way" by Charles E. Burchfield

Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm
Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

The Monmouth Civic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cangro, performs my orchestral tone poem inspired by the paintings of Charles E. Burchfield.

Woman Walking at the NATS National Conference

Monday, July 1 at 2:00pm
NATS National Conference, Knoxville, TN

As winner of the 2024 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Award, soprano Emily Siar will perform my song Woman Walking on her featured solo recital at the NATS National Conference.