Nancy has taught at Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music for 28 years, and forged unique programs centering on marimba at both. The schools merged in 2016.

Admission to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee requires separate applications and auditions. Distinguishing Between Our Music Programs

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Boston Conservatory was the first conservatory founded in the United States in 1867. Today, about 820 students are enrolled in its Music, Dance and Theater programs.

Percussion/Marimba Overview

Our teaching approach recognizes the breadth of the field of percussion. The department consists of about 25 students: roughly half undergraduate, and half graduate-level. We educate well-versed, well-rounded musicians, while celebrating individualism and students' desires to develop special interests. Our graduates go on to varied careers as versatile freelancers, chamber ensemble performers and directors, orchestral musicians, solo recitalists, theater musicians, high school teachers, and college professors.

Graduate-level percussion majors may apply to either the general program or the Contemporary Classical Music program. Either way, there are numerous opportunities to work with composers and be involved in contemporary music. Marimba Majors (at the graduate level) focus on solo and mixed chamber music.

Admissions | Music Audition Requirements | Financial Aid | Music Division (2019) | Five Reasons Boston Conservatory Is a Hub for All Thats Contemporary in Classical Music | BCB Percussion Database

Berklee College of Music


Berklee is a multi-faceted performing arts institution. Berklee College of Music (Boston campus) has about 4500 students. The Percussion Department consists of about 35 faculty, each of whom teaches a specialized area, and over 500 students across six "principal instruments.” As far as we know, Berklee is the only institution in the world that offers specialized study in marimba at the undergraduate level. 

Students are accepted on a principal instrument. By the end of their second semester, they declare a majorThe College offers the option of attending during a summer semester (12 weeks that count as a full semester).

Admissions | Undergraduate Music Programs | Financial Aid | A Brief History | Berklee Departments - A-Z

Bottom photo: Nancy with  Berklee’s Marimba Ensemble 2, Fall ‘21

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