Nina Stern has carved a unique and astonishingly diverse career for herself as a world-class recorder player and classical clarinetist. An innovator in teaching school-age children to be fine young musicians, Ms. Stern founded S’Cool Sounds in 2002. She was awarded an Endicott Fellowship in 2003 and was honored in 2005 with the “Early Music Brings History Alive” Award, bestowed by Early Music America. Nina also served as Director of Education for the New York Collegium from 2002-2007 and has consulted for Midori & Friends and for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, helping them to develop and expand their recorder curriculum. She has shared her teaching methods with students and teachers throughout the U.S. and in the Netherlands, and has worked to establish recorder programs in several schools in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, at Village Health Works in Kigutu, Burundi, and at a school for Syrian refugee children in Azraq, Jordan. She is the author of “Recorders Without Borders,” two innovative books for beginning recorder players and percussion, intended for use in the school classroom.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Stern studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, where she received a Soloist’s Degree. From Basel, she moved to Milan, Italy where she was offered a teaching position at the Civica Scuola di Musica. Ms. Stern performs widely on recorders, chalumeaux, and historical clarinets, appearing as a soloist or principal player with orchestras such as The American Classical Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, New York Philharmonic, and New York City Opera. She has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Sony Classics, Newport Classics, Wildboar, Telarc, MSR, and Smithsonian labels.
Ms. Stern was appointed to the faculty of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program in 2012 and has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music (where she directed the Historical Performance Program from 1989 to 1996), the Civica Scuola di Musica (Milan, Italy), Oberlin Conservatory, and the Five Colleges in Massachusetts.