Debra Nagy
Multi-Instrumentalist
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Debra Nagy, douçaines, recorders, and voice, has been called a "musical polymath" (San Francisco Classical Voice) for her accomplished performances as a singer and historical wind player. As one of the country's top baroque oboists, she has been hailed for her "dazzling technique and soulful expressiveness," (Rocky Mountain News) and frequently performs with baroque ensembles and orchestras in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and New York. She is the founder of Les Délices, an ensemble dedicated to chamber music of the French Baroque, and is a member of Ciaramella. She has also performed as a guest artist with Piffaro, the Newberry Consort, and Blue Heron Renaissance Choir. She received her doctorate in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University, where she currently directs the Collegium in programs spanning the thirteenth through seventeenth centuries, and teaches baroque oboe and Medieval and Renaissance musical notations. Debra was also the first-prize winner in the 2002 American Bach Soloists Young Artist Competition, and she has received grants to support research from the Belgian American Educational Foundation, Case Western Reserve University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Debra can be heard on the Capstone, Bright Angel, Naxos, Hänssler Classics, and ATMA labels and has had live performances featured on CBC Radio Canada, Klara (Belgium), NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR (New York City) and WGBH Boston. Debra received the 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship, an individual artist grant program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.