Olsen, Nina


Nina Olsen joined MacPhail’s clarinet faculty in 1991. Music is her source of expression and the place where she learned to achieve excellence. She loves working with a wide variety of students and hope to help each one teach themselves to achieve excellence.

Currently, Nina teaches at Carleton College, and previously at St. Cloud State and St. Olaf College.

She is a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, an artist member of Thursday Musical, and an active freelance musician in the Twin Cities area. Nina is a frequent performer on faculty recitals at MacPhail Center for Music, Carleton College and the International Music Camp in North Dakota. She is co-president of the Minnesota chapter of the International Clarinet Society.

She holds a DMA in Clarinet Performance from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Music in Woodwinds, Clarinet Specialist from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s in Clarinet Performance from the University of Denver.

“Nina is clear and patient – but she holds students to high standards. She has been such a great force in my son’s life as he’s grown from being a 5th grader to being a high school senior. She has helped him learn how to persevere – which has improved his clarinet-playing skills and, more importantly, his character development!”  –MacPhail Parent