Nancy Stokking has been a free lance cellist and studio teacher in the south Jersey area for many years, and has performed with various orchestra including the Philadelphia Pops, Ocean City Pops, Reading Symphony, Princeton Symphony and the Delaware Symphony. She was a regular substitute cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the ‘80’s and played under conductorsEugene Ormandy, Ricardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, and Erich Leinsdorf, among others. Her free lance work has taken place at various venues including the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. She has also played in various performances which featured such stars as Sarah Brightman, Diana Ross, Lea Salonga and Johnny Mathis, to name a few. She performed in recital with pianist Norma Meyer, including the Bunker Hill chamber music series, and also the Maurice River Music concerts. She attended Temple University on a cello/orchestra scholarship where she studied with Elsa Hilger, who was the first woman to be accepted into a major symphony orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she was assistant principal cellist. She has been involved with several community events as well, and founded two local musical events with husband/cellist William Stokking. An endeavor close to their hearts, they founded the Serenade for Wildlife, a fundraiser for Medford’s Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, a yearly event which spanned 20 years. They also founded the Cherry Hill Rotary’s fundraiser ‘Rotary Shares’, which has now become one of their top yearly fundraisers. In these concerts, as in many others throughout the Delaware Valley area, she accompanied her husband on piano. She studied piano with Marian Filar at Temple and Helen Hales of West Chester University. She attended Temple University on a cello/orchestra scholarship where she studied with Elsa Hilger, who was the first woman accepted into a major symphony orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra.