Year you joined the ECSO: 1983
Nancy Allen-Ziemski is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. She joined the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in 1983 and is currently 3rd chair, 1st violin. She also plays regularly with Opera Theater of CT and has also performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Salt Marsh Opera, CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society and other various ensembles. Ms. Allen-Ziemski worked for the Norwich Public Schools for4 years teaching strings to grades 4 – 6. Currently, she is teaching strings to K – 8th grade at the Integrated Day Charter School, coaching the Norwich Free Academy Orchestra and teaching in their after school lesson program and maintains her own music studio in her home. She lives in Norwich and is owned by two rescued yellow labs and many foster labs.
Hidden talent(s):Foster dog mom for rescue dogs.
Favorite musical memory:Being on stage with Itzak Perlman when he performed with ECSO
Favorite Motto or Quote:“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” – Plato
Favorite Composer:Brahms and Mahler
What/Who inspired you to take up your instrument:My neighbor’s family. The whole family played instruments and I loved being over at their house listening. The oldest daughter played the violin and I fell in love with the sound.