Nancy Tooney was introduced to the joy of recorders by Patsy Rogers in the 1990's and she then moved on to study recorder with virtuoso Rachel Begley. Currently she is deep into learning mensural notation and playing from old music manuscripts under the patient tutelage of Valerie Horst. After a long stint as a professor of biochemistry and an academic administrator, she escaped academe and was then employed for several years as business and concert manager by the Dessoff Choirs in NYC. She currently is on the boards of two early music groups -- Amherst Early Music and Music Before 1800 -- and is a volunteer with Gotham Early Music Scene, NY (GEMs) Nancy also likes to write. In addition to preparing program notes for RONY, she has had a few articles and reviews published in RSLI and NY Recorder Guild newsletters as well as in the American Recorder Society magazine. Attending concerts in NY, gardening and bird watching fill up what passes for spare time, as well as just lounging about -- see photo.

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