Aage Nielsen

Aage N.

Portland, OR

About Aage N.

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Aage teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1986
Last sign in: Within two months


Oregon native Aage (pronounced like Owen without N) has been teaching woodwinds to students of all ages for thirty years. He has performed throughout the US and Denmark, as well as Iceland (International Viola Congress) and Holland (World Bass Clarinet Conference). He taught for many years at The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, and performed for over twenty years with the Boise Philharmonic and Darkwood Consort. He has released three CDs on Portland-based Rampur Records, received a 2007 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and is the leading scholar and performer of the douçaine (early oboe). He teaches both modern and historical winds, with the unique twist of encouraging students of both modern instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, and early instruments such as recorder and double-reeds, to engage in everything from medieval and traditional music to jazz and classical.

Aage enjoys teaching students of all ages, from beginning to college level, including homeschoolers and adult beginners.

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Aage Nielsen with douçaine photo by Susy Wilcox


Voice (baritone) and douçaine

Apr 2015 - Present
Curious Voices

Medieval and Renaissance vocal and instrumental group

Douçaine, Recorder, & Shawm

Jan 2015 - Present

Early music quartet performs medieval and Renaissance music on replica period winds and strings, most of which were crafted by two of the group members (not Aage). Workshops, residencies, and performances available.


Jun 2011 - Dec 2014
Mount Angel Abbey/Ensemble Aalto

Assisted in liturgical music at the abbey on douçaine and voice (as cantor), provided resident ensemble concerts in the abbey/seminary library auditorium, taught private lessons to seminarians, and taught monastic history and public reading to the novices.


Mar 1992 - Jul 2011
Darkwood Consort

Founder, director, performer. Duties included fund raising, programming, and publicity, for collaborative concert series. Performed on bass clarinet and douçaine in the core duo, which toured internationally and recorded for Rampur Records.

Adjunct Professor of Music

Sep 2002 - Jun 2011
The College of Idaho

Taught private lessons (clarinet, bass clarinet) and chamber music.

Adjunct Professor of Music

Sep 2008 - May 2011
Northwest Nazarene University

Taught private lessons (clarinet, bass clarinet), chamber music, Woodwind Methods, pedagogy.

Bass Clarinet

May 1988 - May 2011
Boise Philharmonic


M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

Sep 2008 - May 2010
Boise State University

B.A. Applied Music

Jan 1986 - May 1991
Northwest Nazarene University

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Early Music America

Jan 2001

Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.

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3 Reviews on Aage N.

Gregory Bowlby Jun 23, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
It was an excellent lesson.
eric D. Mar 18, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
4th Lessons, I love it and made tremendous progress.
Taggart L. Jan 17, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
I loved lessons with Aage, his spunky attitude and constant encouragement is second to none. Learning with Aage, I didn't realize how much he really offered until I became a teacher myself. He was able to foster my love of music while still giving me the skills I needed to win the Idaho State Solo Championship in 2007. I was also exposed to music written long before the clarinet was created and with his encouragement, participated in numerous honor groups and music related community service.
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