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Nancy Klein

  • Nancy Klein
  • Professor
  • Department of Music
  • 223 Diehn Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4067
  • nklein@odu.edu
  • Dr. Nancy Klein is a native of Virginia, receiving her early music education in the Fairfax County Schools. She earned the B.S. in Music Education from the University of Richmond (cum laude), M.M.E in Vocal Performance from EKU (honors), Ph.D. in Music from NYU (valedictorian). While in New York she served as the Assistant Director/ Director of the NYU Choral Program. Dr. Klein has studied conducting and has performed as a soprano with Eric Ericson, Robert Shaw, John deRevere and James Erb. Dr. Klein has directed the ODU Choral Department since 1986. Under her direction, the University Choir and Diehn Chorale have performed in St. Giles Cathedral, Scotland; Carnegie Hall; Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center; St. Patrick’s Cathedral; Tokyo, Japan, and throughout Italy. She has prepared Choirs for Combined Armed Forces performances, conducted the Continental Army Band and directed choirs/bands on the USS John C. Stennis, USS Enterprise and USS North Carolina. She recently conducted Mozart’s Solemn Vespers before a sold out audience at Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center and is the regular conductor for the Sound of America Honor Choir, performing in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, St. Mark’s Basilica, and numerous concert halls throughout Europe for four tours. Dr. Klein is much sought after as a guest conductor and vocal clinician. She is recognized nationally by “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who of America’s Teachers,” “Who’s Who Among Women in America” and “Who’s Who in Entertainment.” She is the 2013 recipient of the ALLI Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads (Southeastern Virginia). Dr. Klein has received numerous teaching awards; including the prestigious Joel Lewis Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and the Robert Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching and most recently was awarded the University Professor designation for preeminence as a teacher. Dr. Klein is currently Professor of Choral Music and Graduate Program Director for the Department of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Education

    New York University, 1986
    Major: Music in Higher Education
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Eastern Kentucky University, 1982
    Major: Vocal Performance
    Degree: M.M.
    Westhampton College, University of Richmond, 1976
    Major: Music Education
    Degree: Music Education
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Virginia Professional Teaching License Music k-12
    Sponsoring Organization: Va Dept of Education
    Date Obtained: 1976-05-01
    Orff Schulwerk Certificate, Level II
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
    Expiration Date: 1993-12-31
    Post-graduate Choral Studies
    Sponsoring Organization: Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey
    Expiration Date: 1991-12-31
    Post-graduate Studies Choral Arranging
    Sponsoring Organization: Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey
    Expiration Date: 1988-12-31
    Orff-Kodaly-Laban, Certificate Level I
    Sponsoring Organization: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
    Expiration Date: 1983-12-31
  • Expertise

    Choral Activities, Music Education, Conducting, Graduate Program Director
  • 2010: Robert Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Letters
  • 2008: Joel Lewis Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring, ODU
  • 2007: MENC/VMEA 25 years of Service Award
  • 2007: Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education
  • 2006: Most Inspiring Faculty
  • 2005: Most Inspiring Faculty
  • 2005: Who’s Who among America’s Teachers
  • 2005: Who’s Who in America
  • 2003: Who’s Who in America
  • 1999: Honorary Member, Salem High School Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • 1999: Nominated by students for “Robert Stern Award for Teaching Excellence”
  • 1999: Who’s Who in Entertainment
  • 1996: Honorary Member and Keynote Speaker, Golden Key National Honor Society, Old Dominion University
  • 1995: “Outstanding Faculty” Certificate, “Who’s Who” Award Ceremony, ODU
  • 1991: Included in the “Directory of Women Scholars of Hampton Roads”
  • 1991: Nominated by Department for “Robert Stern Award for Teaching Excellence”
  • 1990: Who’s Who in the South and Southeast
  • 1986: Dissertation nominated for Outstanding Research Award, Journal of Research in Music Education
  • 1986: Valedictory Speaker, New York University Commencement School of Education, Health and Arts Professions
  • 1984: Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Honor Society
  • 1984: Roger P. Phelps Research Grant, Phi Delta Kappa, Education Honor Society, New York University
  • 1976: Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa