Principal Music Librarian

Nancy Elbeck

Nancy began studying the oboe at the age of nine, studying initially with her mother and then members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, primarily Louis Rosenblatt. After completing her Bachelors in Music Performance at Temple University, Nancy moved to Hamilton, Ontario with her new husband Lance Elbeck who had been awarded the Concertmaster position of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She quickly became involved as a freelance oboist in the Toronto area as well as extra with the HPO, playing in recordings, musicals and chamber concerts. When the opportunity came up to take over as librarian for the Hamilton Philharmonic in 1993, Nancy decided to take on that challenge on and hasn’t looked back. Several years later, she was invited to be assistant librarian in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Nancy accepted the new position and also stayed on in Hamilton, becoming perhaps the only simultaneous cross-border music librarian in North America. She worked at both jobs for nine years as well as continuing oboe performances in Toronto and Buffalo. Nancy is delighted to now be working and living in Ottawa with such a magnificent orchestra and friendly people and truly enjoys focusing her skills on the NACO library.