Nancy Sarstedt Goodwin

Nancy is the founder and director of Upbeat New Hampshire, is a teaching artist for Upbeat and conducts the Upbeat New Hampshire Youth String Orchestra. Nancy also performs regularly with Symphony New Hampshire and local professional symphonies.

Drawing on her own personal experience as a youngster, Nancy began this program 10 years ago. She was raised in a lower-middle class suburb of New York City and began learning violin in her public school music program in 3rd grade. Faced with a family tragedy at 11 years old, Nancy turned to her violin as an outlet and her anchor.  She earned scholarships to prestigious summer music camps and two youth orchestras in the metropolitan NY area. She became a professional violinist and teaching artist.

Nancy studied violin privately with Margaret Pardee of the Juilliard School,  Matthew Raimondi of Vassar College and Mimi Bravar, Music Director Emerita of Phillips Exeter Academy. Nancy attended the Meadowmount School for the Violin during summers and the Queens College String Seminar under Alexander Schneider. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Composition from Vassar College.

When Nancy came to Nashua, NH 30 years ago she saw many youngsters who were refugees, immigrants, and others in personal crises. There were very few musical outlets in Nashua other than very expensive private lessons. After many years of building, Upbeat provides the outlet, anchor, and sense of inclusion that kids need.

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