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Patricia Nelson


Patricia was born a child prodigy with "perfect pitch" and from the age of four was reading music and studying piano under the tutelage of her mother. Patricia performed in her first recital at age four and one-half, playing Caroline Crawford's On the Ice. Because Patricia was too small to reach the pedal, her mother sat beside her and pedaled to properly interpret the piece.

When she was ten years of age her father bought an organ as a hobby for himself only to have Patricia and her mother take over the instrument! At age 11, Patricia was studing organ and at age 13 played on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour, a nationally broadcast talent show from New York City.

At age 15 she began studying piano and theory at The College of Idaho while continuing private organ studies. Graduating from high school at the age of 17, she became a piano major at the C of I where she represented the school in the Miss Idaho Pageant, playing the organ as her talent presentation. As a result of the pageant, she met her future husband, Gary. They married and had three children, all of whom are musically talented. While raising her family, Patricia pursued organ studies culminating in a master of music degree in pedagogy and organ performance at Boise State University. She has held organist positions in several Boise Churches, including The Cathedral of the Rockies, St. Michael's Cathedral, and King of Glory Lutheran church.

For Many years, Patricia had a downtown studio at Dunkley Music in Boise where she pursued her teaching career in piano and organ. She had many outstanding students who enjoyed music careers and one who payed twice in international piano competition. Now, semi retired, she continues to teach in her home studio. She and Gary divide their time between their Boise home and their McCall townhouse on Payette Lake in Idaho's mountains. They enjoy their five grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives.

Patricia is presenting the Approachable Service Music workshop.

Last updated: November 07, 2010