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Victoria Nelson is a percussionist and educator located in Raleigh, NC. Classically trained, she currently serves as the principal percussionist with the Fayetteville and Durham Symphonies, and the principal timpanist with the Raleigh Symphony. Victoria can frequently be seen performing with other orchestras in the state including the North Carolina Symphony, Tar River Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Outside of the symphonic stage, Victoria is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble earspace, as well as the drummer for Durham Flash Chorus. When not performing, Victoria is teaching up and coming percussionists at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and in her private studio, as well as working with groups of young musicians at Kidznotes. Further information on current projects can be found below.

Victoria received her Bachelor’s degree in music from UNC Chapel Hill before going on to receive her graduate degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her primary teachers include John Tafoya, Michael Spiro, Kevin Bobo, Juan Alamo, Cameron Britt, Lynn Glassock, and Matthew Richmond.

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Enhancing Durham’s rich cultural heritage, the Durham Symphony performs high quality orchestral concerts that foster accessibility and encourage the development of music appreciation and education. The Durham Symphony’s programming reflects a commitment to familiar, American, and popular music.

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earspace is an ensemble dedicated to creating invigorating multi-sensory performances of music worth believing in. We seek to expose the inherent potentials within every moment and space, cultivating visceral reactions unique to every manifestation. Through our projects, we explore the extremities of contemporary performance and work to bring audiences closer to the music they experience.

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Founded in 1956, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and our southeastern North Carolina region.

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The mission of Durham Flash Chorus is to create community through singing. The chorus can be found most Monday nights at Durham Motorco, creating awesome covers of old classics as well as new indie hits.

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Raleigh Symphony Orchestra's mission is to promote and encourage the understanding of music through quality performances of orchestral, jazz and chamber music; to make programs available at a reasonable cost to an increasing and diverse audience from Raleigh and surrounding communities; and to feature and provide opportunities for outstanding musicians of the area.

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