Nelson, Jocelyn


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Jocelyn Nelson specializes in plucked instrument music from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries and has performed on Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, and modern classical guitars in several cities throughout North America including Aspen, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, and New York City. She has recently begun performing on lute.

Dr. Nelson earned her D.M.A. in early guitar performance with an emphasis in early music at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002 with recitals and presentations on modern and early guitars. Her M.A. from the University of Denver reflects a dual degree in guitar performance and music history. She also has a B.M. in guitar performance from the University of Denver. Her teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Ricardo Iznaola, Charles Wolzien, and Pat O'Brien.

She currently teaches Music History, Lute and Guitar Literature, and Music Appreciation at East Carolina University's School of Music. She has contributed to McGraw-Hill's online course content for Kamien's Music: an Appreciation, and has edited several Lute Society of America Quarterly issues. Dr. Nelson's recent activities include her New York Early Music Series debut performance inNew York City of Chitarrina, an early music ensemble she co-founded, and she is ready to begin editorship of the upcoming August 2008 issue of Lute Society of America Quarterly.

Dr. Nelson currently serves as Chair of ECU Faculty Senate Academic Committee, Community and Career Education. She is on the National Board of Directors of The Lute Society of America, and recently served a term as Secretary/Treasurer for the American Musicological Society's Southeast Chapter. In her community, she currently serves as a committee chairperson for the Pitt County Schools Exceptional Children's Advisory Council in her effort to advocate for children with special needs.



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336 Fletcher Music Center East Carolina University
Greenvile, NC, 27858
United States
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(252) 328-1255