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Nan Raphael

Taking the Piccolo to New Heights


Welcome to my site

Taking the Piccolo to New Heights

Since about 1980, there has been a movement to promote the piccolo as a solo instrument. It has been a real joy for me to be a part of this movement and I welcome anyone interested in joining.

News and Notes

August 2019

This section will contain a schedule of upcoming events and other news that might be of interest.

Upcoming engagements

2019/20 events

May 17-31- International Flute Orchestra tour of Sicily and Malta

June 19-Piccolo masterclass for Kingdom Fluteworks summer camp, Baltimore, MD

July 27- Ensemble Ottavino, Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, VA

Sept 13-15- Into the Woods with Tantallon Players, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Ft Washington, MD

Oct 5- Guest soloist with Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble-Fergusen Center at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Oct 13- Capitol City Symphony- Atlas Theater, Washington, DC

Nov. 9- guest soloist with DC Different Drummers Concert Band, Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

Nov 24- Columbia Flute Choir, church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

Recording sessions for Alfred Publishing-TBD

Jan 24-26-Florida Flute Convention-TBD

Recording sessions with Washington Winds-TBD

March 20-22- International Low Flute Festival with American Low Flute Ensemble

Notes of Interest

August 2019

Last September, I released my 5th album Fair Weather which includes 3 pieces I commissioned for piccolo and piano. It is only available digitally and can be purchased from this site or on CDBaby. 

I have special gift for flute professors and those with private studios who want to expose their students to repertoire for piccolo, I will send copies of Hands Across the Seas, Piccolo Four Hands, Toot Sweet and Short and Sweet for the cost of shipping. Please contact me via email if interested.

I am available for piccolo masterclasses, lessons in person or via the internet. 

For band directors looking for a soloist, I'd be more than happy to send a listing of what I have in my library for piccolo.  and band as well as a demo CD of solos

recorded while in the Field Band. 

Questions? Please feel free to email me or visit my Facebook page-Taking the Piccolo to New Heights. 



Over the last several decades there has been a wealth of new, exciting repertoire written for the much maligned piccolo. Nan is one of many piccoloists who have made it their mission to promote the piccolo as a solo instrument by performing recitals, commissioning new works and producing albums.

After 26 years as solo piccoloist with the US Army Field Band, Nan Raphael,  has been a guest artist/clinician nationwide, piccoloist with the Maryland Lyric Opera, International Flute Orchestra, Washington Winds recording studio band, InSeries Opera Company and Columbia Flute Choir. She has 5 piccolo CD’s and a book of piccolo excerpts from the symphonic band repertoire as well as an article in the National Flute Association's Pedagogy Anthology vol. 2.