Nina is very involved with the Drake University Orchestra as well as several chamber groups that perform in many venues around the Des Moines area. Nina has also participated in many music festivals across the nation and internationally, including The Northern Lights Music Festival, the Midwest Young Artists Summer Music Festival, and The Interharmony Music Festival in Germany.
Nina's non-musical activities have included being an intern as a page in the Iowa Senate, an intern at United Way of Mahaska County Special Events, a financial analyst intern with MUSCO in Oskaloosa, and an internship with Waddell and Reed Financial Advisors. Nina is an active member of Drake University's chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity. She is also an avid rock climber, and serves as the founder and President of Drake's Climb Iowa Drake Club. Nina enjoys giving back to the community and has been a volunteer with so many organizations in the Des Moines area that in 2011, she was a recipient of the Governor's Individual Volunteer Award.
The third guest soloist for the Oskaloosa Symphony's April 13th concert will be Dr. HaoHuang, an accomplished tenor singer and currently a Visiting Professor at The University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Dr. Hao Huang will be forming three very famous tenor arias including: Nessun dorma from Puccini's Turandot, Dein ist mein ganzes herz from Das Land des Lachelns by Franz Lehar, and Una furtive largrima from Ll'Elisir d' amore by Donizetti.
Hao Huang, a tenor singer, received his doctorate of arts from Stuttgart Conservatory of Music, Germany. He is a professor and associate director for the graduate program at the Vocal Music Department of Wuhan Conservatory of Music. He is a member of Chinese Musicians Association, Director of Hubei Overseas Students Sodality and honored volunteer of the 8th China Art Festival.