Aage Nielsen
Portland, OR
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Aage Nielsen

Aage N.

Portland, OR
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching saxophone for nearly thirty years, and offer a different approach to the instrument. While building strong technique and tone in your band and solo music, we will explore how the saxophone is used in music from around the world, including traditions that pre-date the saxophone itself by many centuries! While learning the basics of music theory, I also encourage playing by ear, and unleashing curiosity and creativity.

About Aage N.

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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6 Reviews
Brandt P.
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A great first lesson. Aage was able to identify my level and chart a course for lessons quickly, drawing on lots of resources and knowledge. I’m just starting clarinet with plenty of saxophone experience, and I think Aage is the right person to guide me.

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Robert *.
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Kind, patient and obviously knowledgeable.

Posted Jan 26, 2019
Gregory R.
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Very personable, yet business like. An extremely encouraging teacher which would be important for younger students.

Posted Nov 19, 2017
Gregory Bowlby
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It was an excellent lesson.

Posted Jun 23, 2016
eric D.
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4th Lessons, I love it and made tremendous progress.

Posted Mar 18, 2015
Taggart L.
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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.

Posted Jan 17, 2015

Photos & Videos

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Sep 2018 - Present


Medieval music on period instruments.

Bass clarinet, English horn, douçaine
Oct 2017 - Present

Nielsen and Neubauer

Wind and string duo. Repertoire: classical, medieval, and traditional. Danish and mixed programming.

English Missal Editor
Aug 2017 - Present

OCP (Oregon Catholic Press)

Tenor voice, bass clarinet, douçaine, English horn
Apr 2015 - Present

Big Mouth Society

Medieval, Renaissance, & modern vocal and instrumental group

Douçaine, English horn, and co-director
Jan 2012 - Present

Ensemble Aalto

Historical and new music for douçaine or English horn and organ.

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.

Director/Performer (bass clarinet & douçaine)
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



Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


International Clarinet Association
Aug 2019
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
International Double Reed Society
Jan 2015
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.
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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