Nancy Terlaak Poot enjoys an active career as violin/viola pedagog and chamber musician. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from SUC Potsdam, studying with Nardo Poy, and her Master of Music Degree from the College of St. Rose, studying with Nathan Gottschalk, both with a concentration in viola. She has been a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony, Bucks County Symphony, and has performed with the Trenton Symphony, Allentown Symphony, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. She finds her musical outlet immersing herself in chamber music with fellow chamber players in New England, Philadelphia and the Greater Lehigh Valley.
She has done extensive violin and viola pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig, and Rebecca Henry at Indiana University, Lee Snyder in Philadelphia, and the SAA Suzuki Violin Training program, certified thru book 9 as well as supplemental units. She maintains an active music studio in Coopersburg, and is on the faculty at Moravian College, as well as the Moravian Community Music Institute. She has founded and directed the Lehigh Valley Fall Suzuki Strings Workshop at Moravian College since 2008. Utilizing the premise that string performance involves the physical, psychological, and musical abilities of a player, her philosophy of teaching, based on natural physical motions nurtured in a non-judgmental environment, explores all three of these elements of performance. Nancy integrates the violin pedagogy, musical vision, and teaching philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian and Mimi Zweig. Her students have won concerto competitions with the Allentown Symphony, Lehigh University Philharmonic, and the JSP and YPP orchestras. Her students have competed in District, Regional, State, and All East Coast Orchestras, as well as being members of JSP, YPP, Lehigh University Philharmonic, Moravian College Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. All are actively involved in their school music programs. Some have pursued violin or viola performance degrees at major conservatories both nationally and internationally. Others have pursued careers in law, medicine, architecture, film, teaching, technology and parenthood. All have taken with them a life long love and understanding of music.