Clarinet and Saxophone has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and many other area ensembles. A proud DePaul University graduate, she studied with Larry Combs and Julie DeRoche while earning a Performer’s Certificate and Masters in Music (with distinction). She completed a B.A. at Luther College, Decorah, IA.
Passionate about chamber music, Nora is a founding member (Clarinet 1/E-flat Clarinet) of the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet. As Vandoren artists, the quartet concertizes and presents clinics across the Midwest. The Quartet released their debut album, Nielsen, Grainger, & Strauss in October of 2019.
Nora is Adjunct Faculty in Music Education at DePaul University (Chicago, IL) and Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Theory at Wilbur Wright College (Chicago, IL). She maintains a studio at Niles West High School, Skokie, IL, and Puzon’s Musical Instruments, Lansing, IL. Her talented students have participated at Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa All State Bands/Orchestras, received consistently high marks at Solo Ensemble Festivals, moved higher within their respective sections, and have been accepted to study music at many quality universities. Above all else, Nora strives to empower her students to be thoughtful, gracious and creative in their music-making.
In 2017, Nora’s method, Scales and Harmonic Studies for the Intermediate Clarinetist, the first comprehensive intermediate scale study, was published by EHM Publishing. Suitable for high school - early college, this method provides students with a solid knowledge of all keys to eliminate frustration when learning more complex variations of scale study. It was "Highly recommended," by the International Clarinet Association's December 2018 Clarinet journal.
In her spare time, Nora enjoys adventurous cooking and baking, biking along the lakeshore, doting on her two cats, and maintaining an impressive shoe collection.