Paves Way for Harmonious
After several years at Mercer, where she took a wide range of courses including many in music, Nelson was ready to transfer to Rutgers. She says, "Mercer prepared me both educationally and emotionally to succeed in a four-year school. The low tuition rates also helped since I had to put myself through college."
transfer to Rutgers was exceptionally smooth. "I was so well prepared
that when I transferred to Rutgers University, I was able to test right
out of the second semester classes in sight singing, keyboard harmony
and music theory during the registration process."
Moving on to the post of musical director at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent in Trenton, Nelson was soon to add another instrument to her repertoire. With the church's purchase of a two-octave handbell set to commemorate its 100th anniversary, Nelson was asked to start a handbell choir in honor of the occasion. She quickly took up the challenge, first studying techniques with noted faculty at Westminster Choir College at Rider University. As she mastered the handbells, composing became a natural extension of her talents.
Over the last 10 years, Nelson has served as director of music at her home church, St. Mark Lutheran in Hamilton. She also works as a technical assistant in Talbott Library at Westminster Choir College and, in her spare time, has established 4-Tolled Publishing, her own publishing company. One of her noted works is KidzRing! , a series of books designed for very young ringers.
"The most rewarding thing is the privilege of working with talented ringers and singers, developing their talents and watching them grow," Nelson says proudly.
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