Bassoonist Nanci Belmont received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Florida State University, and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Frank Morelli. As a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, she has performed in several New York City venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. She has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited to perform at the Sarasota, Eastern, and Chautauqua music festivals, Banff Festival Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and the Krzysztof Penderecki Music Academy. As a 2013 Britten-Pears Young Artist, Nanci took part in the Britten centennial performances of Peter Grimes in the United Kingdom. Following her passion for teaching and music advocacy, Nanci is a teaching artist for the Manhattan School of Music’s Distance Learning Program and is involved in a new pilot program that brings lessons via video conference to high school students in Nebraska. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Nanci teaches in Brooklyn at PS 207K Elizabeth G. Leary.