Nancy Cook began her music career as a youngster in the WFISD strings program, playing cello and double bass, and in the band program playing trombone. She made All-State Orchestra on double bass her junior and senior years. As a sophomore at SH Rider High School Nancy began performing with the WFSO and has been performing with them off and on for approximately 45 years.
After graduating from high school, Nancy attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she studied classical guitar for one year. She then went to Midwestern State University where she graduated in 1981 earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in music. She attended graduate school at MSU, studying curriculum and instruction. After graduating from College, she worked in school districts including Midway, Dallas, and Wichita Falls. While in Dallas Nancy attended Dallas Theological Seminary. She also performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Garland Symphony, and various church orchestras in the area.
Nancy worked in the public education system for 35 years. She was a classroom teacher for 25 years for grades 1 through 6. After leaving the classroom, for 10 years she had the privilege of serving teachers in Wichita Falls Independent School District as the Math and Science Curriculum Specialist for grades 3 through 6. She also taught various workshops at Region 9 Educational Service Center. Nancy retired from public education at the end of July 2017.
During her years in Wichita Falls, she has also performed with Backdoor Theatre, The Wichita Theatre, The Performing Arts Alliance, Red River Lyric Theater, MSU Opera and Musical productions, the Wichita Falls Chamber Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Community Orchestra, and has been in choral performances, such as the Messiah, and many church cantatas. Nancy also served as the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Music Librarian from 1999 to 2015.
Nancy currently serves on the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and is the Musicians Representative on the WFSO Board. She has private double bass students and continues to learn as well through studying double bass from various teachers. Nancy also enjoys being a volunteer with Hospice of Wichita Falls.