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Talented clarinetist is Tahoe Music Institute’s musician of month

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Nicole Marinoff has excelled at flute, tenor sax and, most recently, clarinet.
Courtesy Shauna Righellis |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Nicole Marinoff, a junior at North Tahoe High School, has been announced as Tahoe Music Institute’s Musician of the Month for November.

Marinoff was nominated by her clarinet teacher, Shauna Righellis, because of her outstanding enthusiasm, work ethic, and dedication to playing the clarinet.

According to Righellis, “Working with Nicole is like a breath of fresh air. She brings an incredibly open mind and a rare-to-find light-heartedness to every lesson.”

Marinoff started her musical journey in the sixth-grade band at North Tahoe School. where she began by playing the flute. She eventually moved to tenor saxophone, and by the middle of her freshman year, she decided clarinet was another instrument to master.

Righellis has been lucky enough to work with her through all these instruments and loves that she landed on the clarinet.

“It felt like she found her voice,” she said.

Marinoff has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Tahoe Music Institute’s performance opportunities since she started taking lessons. She has performed at nearly every recital and every jazz night, and is quick to volunteer to participate in chamber music groups.

She has also participated in the Tahoe Music Institute Solo & Ensemble Event and Clarinet Masterclass. She is always up for a challenge and dives right into anything musical.

Marinoff has improved her musical performance by leaps and bounds over her years studying with Righellis. Her confidence has grown, her abilities have skyrocketed, and her independence as a player have become evident.

Righellis knows Marinoff will continue to improve and is excited to see what Marinoff decides to do with her music. Locally, you can see Marinoff performing with the North Tahoe High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.

This article was provided to the Sun by Tahoe Music Institute, which is located at 2810 Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City. For information, visit tahoemusicinstitute.com or call 530-581-0618.


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