Nancy Brown’s passion is working with students of all levels from beginning to advanced, as well as adults revisiting the instrument they loved years past. Her dedication is expressed through patience, encouragement and experience. Brown specializes in embouchure adjustments, including braces, breath control, and rhythmic comprehension. Realistic goals are set and a pathway to achievement put in place. “I enjoy watching my students grow not only as musicians but as people.” Many students have achieved their personal goals as members of The Hartt School Community Division’s performing groups, Middle and High School Regionals, All State Orchestra and Band, and Nationals, as well as acceptance into the Tanglewood Institute for PreCollege and Youth Programs. In addition to teaching at HCD, she is on the faculty of Wesleyan University.
Brown has enjoyed an expansive career playing supporting performances with Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sergio Frankie, Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, and the Beach Boys. Her diverse playing career has taken her to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and to Carnegie Hall, as well as seeing the country through the National Tour of Sugar Babies. She served as Lead Trumpet at the Goodspeed Opera Hours for 23 years and was sent to New York to play several shows the Goodspeed produced on Broadway. At this time, she was active in the recording industry there.
Additional experience includes, The Hartford, New Haven, and New Britain symphonies. She formerly served as Principal Trumpet with the Hartford Chamber Orchestra. She is the Manager and plays trumpet with the Hartford Pops Band, manages several chamber groups, and contracts musicals for the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven.
Nancy Brown is a graduate in Performance at The Hartt School. Her teachers include; Ronald Kutik, Alan Dean and Carmine Caruso. She is the mother of 2 children and enjoys camping, gardening, and the Red Sox!
I believe in setting realistic goals to pave a pathway to achievement through patience and encouragement.
I feel simply great about teaching. It is my passion! It is so fulfilling to watch students grow musically and as people, and to be part of their lives. I feel we develop a very special bond. There is always a positive in every lesson, whether it is hitting a high note they thought they never could hit, a good reading of a duet, great tone, or even a good laugh or two. The students trust me and know I will help them get to where they want to be.