James Nackley, a native of Hollidaysburg, PA and the son of Daniel and Heather Nackley, has been named a winner of the Philharmonic Orchestra's Concerto Competition. A junior cellist in the music education degree program, he is a student of Kim Cook. James will perform the second movement of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191 with the orchestra at a concert in fall 2016.
James was recently named the winner of the School of Music's Presser Scholarship, which provides recognition to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least three years or its equivalent and have expressed and exhibited a personal dedication to a career in music. In addition, he was a soloist in the 2015 School of Music Mosaic performance. He is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Cello Choir, a string quartet, Penn State Glee Club, Campus Orchestra (playing violin and viola), and Campus Band (playing french horn). He also is a cellist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra (PCO), Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, James served as music director for Heathers the Musical with the No Refund Theatre (NRT) here at Penn State. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. After graduation, he intends to teach strings and orchestra, and to open a private cello studio. (Photo credit: Alexandra Bush)