Nicole Hand is an active teacher and freelance instrumentalist based in St. John's, NL. Hailing from Conception Bay South, Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in bassoon from Memorial University and studied for two years with virtuoso bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson in Ontario. She is currently entering her 10th season as Second Bassoonist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. As a saxophonist, Nicole performs, tours with and composes for award-winning group Ouroboros. When not performing, Nicole shares her passion for creativity with her saxophone, bassoon and piano students at her private studio and is an avid rock climber.