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Shanti Nachtergaele

Shanti Nachtergaele playing the double bass

Congratulations to Shanti Nachtergaele, a first-year graduate student in the M.A.-Theory and History degree program, who has been selected by audition to participate in the Tafelmusik Winter Institute, held January 4-9 in Toronto, Canada. The institute is an intensive course in orchestral performance on period instruments taught by members of the world-renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The week-long institute includes rehearsals, masterclasses, seminars, and a public final concert.

Shanti has also been selected to present a paper titled "Pragmatic vs Idealistic Approaches to Double Bass Playing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century" at Musicking: Performance, Politics & Personalities, a conference sponsored by the University of Oregon, in April 2016. 

The daughter of Marijke Devos and Bruno Nachtergaele, Shanti is originally from Davis, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in performance from Shenandoah University (summa cum laude), and a master’s degree in early music from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands). At Penn State, she is an advisee of music history professor Mark Ferraguto and a bass student of Robert Nairn.

Shanti is the 2014 winner of the International Society of Bassists Research Competition (student division) and the 2015 winner of the Young Scholar Award at the Utrecht Early Music Festival STIMU Symposium. At Penn State, she participates in the Baroque Ensemble.