“I really try to teach the students that all of their solutions are within themselves,” she said, adding she gives them what she knows but emphasizes their unique way of experiencing the music.
“I love that I can be a working musician who adores what they do as well as make an impact on children, who are the key to our future,” Pinnell said.
When asked about her work with older students at UVU specifically, she said, “Oh, it’s been fabulous. The students are really good and they’re also very engaged.” She complimented the students’ work on the Dvorak concerto.
Her role as a teacher was apparent during the Dec. 3 performance, especially in her duet with student and concertmaster Lauren Hodge Brown. As they played together, Pinnell turned toward Brown, nodding slightly in encouragement.
Teacher, mother, musician — it all culminates into very soulful playing.
“She is the best of the best,” Criddle said after the performance. “Nicole just — she really puts humanity in her playing. You feel her spirit come out.”
For more information about Pinnell, visit Utah Valley University's website.
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