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Conductor Nadya Potemkina currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At Wesleyan, she leads the University Orchestra and Concert Choir, in addition to teaching courses in instrumental conducting, music theory, and orchestral literature. Nadya's commitment to music education and performance extends beyond the university, as she is also a dedicated board member and the music director of Connecticut FluteFest and the Ad Hoc Bach Collective. These initiatives are focused on performance and community engagement, providing opportunities for musicians of all ages and backgrounds to explore and enjoy music.

As a versatile musician, Nadya remains active as a violist, seizing every opportunity to play chamber music with her colleagues and friends. She is particularly passionate about performing new works and championing music by underrepresented composers. Her dedication to expanding the musical repertoire and providing platforms for diverse voices in music is evident in her programming choices and collaborations.

Nadya Potemkina is highly sought after for her expertise and artistry, enjoying numerous guest-conducting, adjudicating, and workshop engagements with regional, community, and youth orchestras, festivals, and competitions. Her dynamic presence and insightful interpretations have made her a favorite among audiences and musicians alike.

Prior to her arrival in Connecticut in 2013, Nadya served as an assistant conductor of The University of Memphis Orchestras, as the music director of Mid-South Young People’s Orchestras in Memphis, TN, and was a founding conductor of Memphis Occasional Orchestra, an all-volunteer community outreach ensemble. Nadya Potemkina holds degrees in viola performance and pedagogy, and choral and instrumental conducting from Herzen State Pedagogical University (Saint Petersburg, Russia), The University of Northern Iowa, Ball State University (IN), and The University of Memphis (TN).

Potemkina, Nadya
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