News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 15, 2018
Nelson joins music library board

David Nelson of Brooksville, the newest member of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library Board of Directors, grew up surrounded by music. His father, Boris Nelson, was a professor of music. His mother, Mary Cheyney Gould, was an organist, pianist and choral director and a founder of both the Bagaduce Chorale and the Music Lending Library.

According to a press release, as a child, Nelson first played piano and clarinet but switched to oboe when he was 12. At 14, he became second oboe with the Toledo (Ohio) Youth Symphony. At 16, he was appointed to first chair, and at 18, he won a competition to solo with the orchestra. During that period, he continued his musical studies at the New England Music Camp. After high school graduation, Nelson attended Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied oboe with Ralph Gomberg, principal oboist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Nelson later attended Mannes College of Music in New York City, studying with Ron Rosenberg, who eventually became principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic.

But the real love of Nelson’s life always has been cars. He worked in automotive retail sales for nearly 40 years, first as a salesman and then working through various levels and dealerships before retiring as general manager of used car sales at Friendly Honda in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 2016.

Last year, Nelson and his wife, Pat, relocated to Brooksville where they now are year-round residents visited frequently by son Drew, daughter Courtney and a growing number of grandchildren.