Nina is passionate about music education and outreach, and has been working in these fields since her undergraduate studies. In September 2020, Nina will join the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying on their PG Certificate in Performance Teaching.
Since February 2019 Nina has been a faculty member at KM Music Conservatory (KMMC) in Chennai, India, where she is a lecturer in Western Classical Voice, Music History and Musicianship Skills.
Nina is the founder of Vox Madras, a new vocal chamber ensemble made up of students from KMMC. In December 2019 they gave their first concert to a packed-out audience at Chennai’s Goethe Institut, performing opera and choral works by composers including Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Lehár, Verdi and Tavener. Plans for a recording and a concert of Easter music at the Amir Mahal palace in Chennai were unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic.
In 2020 Nina founded India’s first Art Song Festival, dedicated to celebrating and promoting western classical art song to new audiences in India. This launched in January at KMMC with an opening concert and student masterclass, featuring guest artists Patricia Rozario OBE and Mark Troop, and was profiled in articles in The Hindu and Serenade Magazine. The festival proper was planned for April and included a new competition for student duos, masterclasses and workshops, and a series of concerts from visiting British-Indian artists such as Patricia Rosario, Karl Lutchmayer and Sandeep Gurrapadi. This was postponed due to the pandemic, but hopefully will take place at a future date.
Prior to moving to Chennai, Nina taught singing, piano and music theory in London for the last seven years, alongside developing her performing career. She has taught many private students ranging from children to adults and beginners to advanced levels, and also in schools (Selwyn School, Waltham; Kew Green Prep School, Richmond; St Anthony’s Prep School, Hampstead; Westbrook Hay Prep School, Hemel Hampstead; St George’s Roman Catholic School, Maida Vale).
Nina has participated in outreach training with Streetwise Opera, Voicelab and with Suzi Zumpe at ENO as part of their Opera Works programme. After completing her BA, she was a project assistant intern for Create (Arts) Limited, working on a range of cross-genre arts projects for many vulnerable community groups. Nina then worked for the Education Department at Cecil Sharp House on their education and outreach projects, before leaving to teach and perform full time.