Nana Gaskins Vaughn has had a varied career as a musician and music administrator. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Indiana University School of Music, and as a musician she has played in back-up orchestras with musical groups such as the Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin. She has been a substitute musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 13 years and has also played with the Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and many other orchestras across the country. As a concert soloist, she has performed with the Carmel and Richmond Symphonies in Indiana.
Also a passionate educator, Nana is currently an adjunct instructor in music education at UMBC and teaches a strings program comprised of over two hundred strings students at Veterans Elementary in Howard County. Previously, she directed two orchestras in the New World Youth Orchestras program for seven years and taught at the college level at Purdue University and Indiana University, as well as in her private violin and viola studio.
As an administrator, she founded the Fishers (Indiana) Chamber Orchestra in 2005 and served as its Executive Director, and she was a member of the executive committee of the Fishers Cultural Alliance before moving to Baltimore in 2009. In 2011-2012, she served as the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras and is very proud of her role in its transition to becoming the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. Her husband Michael is a volunteer with BSYO and her three children have been members of BSYO since 2010.