I learned just today of Nancy's passing. First, my condolences and prayer for peace to all who are deeply affected by this loss. Second, I just want to say that as an oboist who began trying to play this instrument very late in life, I looked up to Nancy, and frankly was a little jealous of all that she achieved. Hers was a well-lived life, and I celebrate her having been here with us .
I have played in numerous musical groups with Nancy. For the past 18 years it was with Mimosa Winds. Before that we played in a woodwind quintet with Pat Pukkila, Steve Pizer and Chris Myers. We had many interesting times in the pit orchestras for Long Leaf Opera and Durham Savoyards. I cherish these times I had with Nancy as a musician and a friend.
Nancy and I formed the woodwind quintet now called the Mimosa Quintet probably in 1997. Over the years we came to know each other quite well and I discovered that Nancy was a very extraordinary person with numerous gifts and a very big heart. Since moving to Williamsburg, VA two years ago we have not seen each other but I have often thought of her during that time. Knowing she is no longer in this world saddens me. The world is poorer because she is no longer here.