Nell Flanders’ conducting credits include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chelsea Symphony, Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Riverside Orchestra. She served as a cover conductor for JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic during the 2014-15 season and was the assistant conductor at Peabody Opera Theater during 2016-17. An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Flanders has conducted many orchestral premieres with groups such as Mannes American Composers Ensemble, The Secret Opera Company, Peabody’s Now Hear This, and The Chelsea Symphony. In May 2016 she conducted the premiere of Jochem Le Cointre’s opera Steppenwolf.
Deeply committed to educating the next generation of musicians and music lovers, Ms. Flanders is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division where she conducts the Repertory Orchestra, teaches conducting classes and violin lessons, and coaches chamber music. Since 2016, Ms. Flanders has been the conductor and music director of the advanced orchestra of the Campamento Musical Juvenil of the Asociacion Nacional de Conciertos in Panama City, Panama. She is currently teaching the Conducting I class at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and she maintains a private violin studio in New York City. Previous positions include teaching violin lessons and string pedagogy and coaching chamber music at the University of Chicago, Vandercook College of Music, Utah State University, and Hoff-Barthelson Music School. In 2015, she was a teaching assistant at the New School for the course, “Music and Mind.”
As a violinist, Ms. Flanders has performed concerti with The Chelsea Symphony and the Philharmonisch Orkest Mozart in Amsterdam. Her orchestral work includes performances with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater among many others. A musician of great versatility, she plays in many genres including classical, baroque, blues, and contemporary, with ensembles including Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Dorian Baroque, Pocket Opera Players, and the University of Chicago Piano Trio.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and a minor in piano performance, Ms. Flanders also received a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Mannes College of Music. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in orchestral conducting with Marin Alsop at the Peabody Conservatory.
In addition to her musical work, Nell enjoys rock climbing, dancing Argentine tango, and exploring other cultures through travel and language study.