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Rebecca Nagel

Title: Associate Dean / Director of Spark: Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory / Professor of Oboe
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-0194

School of Music Room 328

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Oboe Studio
Centaur Recording Label
South Carolina Philharmonic
All-State Double Reed Workshop



Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, oboist Rebecca Schalk Nagel enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, teacher, and administrator. Principal oboist of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Ms. Nagel has appeared with the Philharmonic as a soloist in Mozart's Concerto in C for Oboe, Krommer's Concerto in F, and J.S. Bach's Concerto in A for Oboe d'amore and Concerto for Oboe and Violin. Her performance of the Mozart concerto was praised for its "cleanly articulated phrasing, special sense of lyric ease in the slow movement, and beguiling tone color throughout" by The State (Columbia, South Carolina). Ms. Nagel's CD, "Synthetic Dances," an eclectic mix of music by Americans Libby Larsen, Allan Blank, John Valerio, and Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen, was released in 2008 on the Centaur label.

Prof. Nagel has a strong interest in contemporary music and has premiered numerous works for oboe. In 2015,  she received a grant to commission five composers to compose new works reflecting on the music of J.S. Bach. The resulting multi-media program “Sun of Composers - Contemporary Composers Respond to J.S. Bach" featured works by Reginald Bain, Jesse Jones, Libby Larsen, Marc Mellits, and John Fitz Rogers. It can be viewed in its entirety here.

In 2001, Ms. Nagel was the recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship. She has performed across the United States and in Europe with the Bethlehem Bach Choir and the New York City Opera National Company. Ms. Nagel was a solo recitalist on the Noonday Concert series at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City and has performed with the New Philharmonia of Riverside and the Chamber Orchestra of New England. She is a frequent performer at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, including concerts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Austin, Texas, Greensboro, North Carolina and Tempe, Arizona. Ms. Nagel was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts where she performed under conductors Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Oliver Knussen and Roger Norrington. She was a fellowship participant of the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival and the Yale Chamber Music Festival.

Rebecca Nagel’s role as Director of Spark is an outgrowth of her work in chamber music,  and explores new ways for School of Music students to engage with their communities.  She has led new initiatives at the VA hospital and its Community Living Center, the Richland County Public Library, and AC Moore elementary school, among others.  Going beyond simply performing, these experiences help students develop skills ranging from public speaking to grant writing,  and connect young musicians to people of all ages and walks of life.

Ms. Nagel is a native of Chicago, and received a B.M. degree from Lawrence University, M.M. degree from Yale University,  and a D.M.A. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she studied with Ronald Roseman. Former students have been accepted for further study at numerous institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and Indiana University, and have gone on to successful careers as performers and teachers across the country.

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