Nora was introduced to ragtime in Cripple Creek, Colorado early on. Later she performed ragtime music in Shakey's Pizza Parlors with her husband banjoist Mark. These days she performs ragtime at ragtime festivals around the USA; does ragtime lecture-recitals; keyboards with: her Roundhouse Rascals Dixieland band, Ragtime Razzmatazz Duo with husband Mark on banjo and a 7-Piece Kansas City Ragtime Music Ensemble - The Turpin Tyme Ragsters; scours the universe ferreting out unrevealed ragtime gems by women composers; makes recordings, and played for many years on a unique local "live" TV show, Pepper and Friends, on KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.  Since moving to Lawrence, Kansas in 2006, Nora often performs with Lawrence's own "Junk Yard Jazz Band."  She is a regular performer at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. Other performance credits include the West Coast Ragtime Festival; Ragtime in Randall (Iowa); Ragtime for Tulsa Foundation; Classic Ragtime Society of Indianapolis, Indiana; the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site and Friends of Scott Joplin Concert - both in St. Louis, Missouri.  Nora has co-authored an annotated lexicon, "Ragtime's Women Composers," which appeared in The Rag-Time Ephemeralist, Volume One, Number Three.  In case you haven't guessed, ragtime music is at the core of Nora's musical soul.

   Nora "retired" as professor of keyboard studies at Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri in 1996. After "retiring," Nora embraced yet another career in classical music as a freelance accompanist and recitalist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO until moving to Lake Ozark, Missouri in 2001.  Her academic background includes a Ph.D. in music education, Master's in Piano Performance, Master's in Organ Performance, and Bachelor of Science in Music Education. In addition to the University of Missouri, she has pursued formal music studies at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Kansas State University and Tulsa University.  During summer breaks while on faculty at Central Methodist College, she engaged harpsichord studies at Michigan University and Southern Methodist University. She holds the AAGO Certificate from the American Guild of Organists and is listed in American Keyboard Artists (1992-1993 Edition).  On June 3, 2004, Nora received the prestigious Scott Joplin Award at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO  for her extraordinary contribution to ragtime music.

   ... And this isn't the end of it! During her student days, Nora played violin in the University of Missouri Orchestra, taught and played the accordian, and was keyboardist with the Missouri Symphony Society Orchestra in Columbia, MO.  Nora's mother quickly sensed she had a gifted child on her hands when Nora suddenly began plunking out tunes on the piano at age 3 - always in the same key she had heard the tune last.

   --- Mark Hulse

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