Aage Nielsen

Aage N.

Portland, OR
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Aage delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 1986

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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English horn
Oct 2017 - Present
Nielsen and Neubauer

English horn and viola duo. Repertoire: classical and traditional, Danish and mixed programming.

English Missal Editor
Aug 2017 - Present
OCP (Oregon Catholic Press)

Tenor voice, douçaine, English horn
Apr 2015 - Present
Curious Voices

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.

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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


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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Photos & Videos

Photo by Aage N.

Aage Nielsen with douçaine
photo by Susy Wilcox

Darkwood Consort
Photo by Shane Powers

Darkwood Consort in Kirke Såby Denmark
photo by Chad Marvin

Photo by Aage N.

Photo by Aage N.


5 Reviews

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Robert *. Jan 26, 2019
Clarinet · In studio

Kind, patient and obviously knowledgeable.

Gregory R. Nov 19, 2017
Oboe · In studio

Very personable, yet business like. An extremely encouraging teacher which would be important for younger students.

Gregory Bowlby Jun 23, 2016
Clarinet · In home

It was an excellent lesson.

eric D. Mar 18, 2015
Clarinet · In home

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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