Debra Nagy has been praised for her “dazzling technique and soulful expressiveness,” (Rocky Mountain News) and deemed “a baroque oboist of uncommon elegance” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). She frequently performs with baroque ensembles in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, and is the founder of the Cleveland-based ensemble Les Délices, whose debut CD was named "One of the Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009" by NPR's Harmonia. She received her doctorate in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University where she directs the Collegium in programs spanning the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries, teaches baroque oboe, and has taught medieval and renaissance notation. A graduate of Oberlin, Debra has received many prizes and awards for her artistry and scholarship: she was the first-prize winner in the 2002 American Bach Soloists Young Artist Competition, spent 2002-2003 researching Renaissance double reed instruments in Brussels and Amsterdam on a Belgian American Educational Foundation Grant, received a 2007 Eva L. Pancoast Fellowship to support research in Paris in the spring of 2008, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2009, and Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2010. Debra has recorded for the Capstone, Bright Angel, Naxos, Chandos, Delos, Yarlung, Loft, CPO, and ATMA labels and has had live performances featured on CBC Radio Canada, Klara (Belgium), WKSU Kent, WGBH Boston, WNYC New York, and NPR’s Performance Today.
A dedicated and inspiring teacher, Debra serves on the artist faculties of the American Bach Soloists’ Summer Academy and has given masterclasses at Juilliard, the Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, and University of Washington. She is also committed to service and to fostering the next generation of leaders through her work as a board member of Early Music America and liason to its Youth Advisory Board.