Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra Director
Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra Director
Strings Program Coordinator
Conducting and String Education
University of Miami, MM
Syracuse University, BM
Before coming to Rochester in 1986, Nancy Pettersen Strelau was a violinist with the Florida Philharmonic and Assistant Conductor of the Miami Youth Orchestra. She was Director of Orchestras and String Coordinator for the Penfield Central School District (NY) from 1986 to 2000, Conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 2005, Co-Conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra from 1990-1994 and was a contract sub with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1986 to 1997. Mrs. Strelau was also Founder and Director of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2012. Currently she is Music Director and Conductor of the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra, Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, Hochstein Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic. Mrs. Strelau is Coordinator of the String Area and Auditions Coordinator for the Nazareth College Department of Music and teaches applied conducting, composition and string pedagogy. Mrs. Strelau is Past President of the New York chapter of American String Teachers Association (NYASTA).
Over the years Mrs. Strelau has been the recipient of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians Award for Outstanding Music Educator in String Education, Hochstein Music School Faculty Service Award and Richard Snook Memorial Award from the Monroe County School Music Association.
Mrs. Strelau received music degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Miami (Florida) and has taught in public, private and laboratory schools in Idaho, Utah, North Dakota and Florida.
Mrs. Strelau conducted the Juilliard School of Music Graduate Orchestra in the 1987 world premiere of 'Our Boys' by Cleophas Adderley, the first Bahamian Opera written. She has several orchestral and choral pieces published with Warner Brothers and Southern Music Company. Among noted works is a double bass concerto commissioned by RPO bassist Deborah Dunham. Her Fanfare entitled '325-7760' (melody based on the phone number and busy signal(!)for the ticket office) was featured at the opening ceremonies of the 1995 Ryder Cup International Golf Tournament by the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the baton of Donald Hunsberger. 'Four Miniatures,' a string orchestral suite by Mrs. Strelau is among her more popular works and has been performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been the recipient of several 'Meet the Composer' grants. Mrs. Strelau made her third appearance at Carnegie Hall in 2002 conducting the premiere of her piece for full symphonic orchestra L'enfant du Soldat. She is currently writing a piece for the Brighton School District high school symphony orchestra and district string players.
Mrs. Strelau is a frequent guest conductor of high school orchestra festivals, all-county and all-state orchestras, as well as guest conductor at local and national music conferences.
Mrs. Strelau is an avid rower and lives in Penfield, New York with husband, luthier and double bassist Paul, and their daughter, Hadley.