The Rossini Club
The Rossini Club
a chamber music organization based in Nantucket, MA


The Rossini Club originally was conceived as an organization to fundraise for a one-time chamber music concert. The founding concert in 2012 was hosted at the home of co-director Nicholas Davies, where food was paired with music. Since then, the Club has expanded its scope to present a three-week concert season every summer in Nantucket, Massachusetts. We produce a wide range of multi-disciplinary collaborations featuring chamber music in tandem with the culinary, written, visual and theatrical arts. Through our collaborations with local Nantucket businesses such as the Nantucket Culinary Center, Ambrosia and Nantucket Native, in addition to collaborations with the Nantucket Music Center and the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, The Rossini Club hopes to recreate and re-imagine concert experiences for our audience. 

Our concerts cater to tastes outside classical music and to the inexperienced concertgoer. We hold our concerts in intimate venues both traditional and non-traditional. Our concerts feature an equal blend of standard classical repertoire (music written before 1950) and contemporary classical music (music written post-1950), carefully curated to inform and complement one another in provocative and meaningful ways. Before and after each piece, discussion about the music is highly encouraged, with direct questions and conversations taking place during the performance. We find that typically this type of engagement helps audience members feel less isolated and more in touch with the music. It is our goal to break the myth of classical music elitism through an open dialogue with our audience.   

In addition to our regular concert season, about one third of our performances are educational outreach opportunities. We are proud to share our music with retirement homes throughout Nantucket. We additionally present programs for the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club where we educate children about classical music, orchestral instruments, and how to get involved in music themselves.  


The composer for whom the Club is named, Giaochino Rossini, was famous in his day for retiring at the strikingly early age of thirty, and dedicating the rest of his life to perfecting his culinary techniques with friends, who would likely have played music as part of the evening's entertainment. With his spirit in mind, we hope you'll join us for a summer of music making and thoughtful experiences.



Rossini Club Staff

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Nicholas Davies, director

Clarinetist and composer Nicholas Davies currently attends the University of Southern California, simultaneously pursuing graduate degrees in clarinet performance and composition. Recently, Nicholas received First Prize at the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Santa Barbara Symphony. He is an accomplished soloist, performing with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Nicholas has additionally perfomed with the Aspen Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. Current commissions include those from the Houston Grand Opera, the Eureka Ensemble, the Webster Trio, and the Chicago Harp Quartet. Nicholas has been the director of the Rossini Club, a chamber music organization based in Nantucket, Massachusetts, for six seasons.


Ivy Ringel, administrator

Bassoonist Ivy Ringel was recently appointed the Principal Bassoon of the Atlanta Opera, and maintains an active freelance career performing with orchestras across the Southeast, including the Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic. She is additionally the Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Morehouse College. Ivy is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she began music at age 5 on the violin before switching to the bassoon in middle school. Prior to her time in Atlanta, she attended Rice University (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM). This will be Ivy’s third summer with the Rossini Club. For more about Ivy, check out her website.

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Nathan Watts, administrator

Originally from Oaklyn, New Jersey, cellist Nathan Watts recently moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where is performing with the Ensemble Modern Akademie. Nathan is an active freelancer, regularly performing with Kinetic the conductorless ensemble, the Da Camera Young Artists, and maintains a private studio. Mr. Watts has also performed with artists such as Jackie Parker, Joel Smirnoff, Robert Dick, Kathleen Winkler, James Dunham, Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic members.  He has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the North German Youth Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival. Mr. Watts holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Stephen Geber and a Master of Music from Rice University with Desmond Hoebig.