Nels Magelssen plays the French Horn. His past and current orchestral credits include the Arlington Symphony (Virginia), the Rainier Symphony, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, and principal horn for The Washington Wind Symphony. He keeps an active musical schedule in the Pacific Northwest. His principal teachers include Hermann Baumann, Christopher Leuba, and Tom Varner. Nels has actively pursued playing jazz on the French horn for several decades. His jazz credits include performing with Brother Ah, Mike Crotty, Tom Varner, the Jim Knapp Jazz Orchestra, the Washington Composers Orchestra, and the Vern Sielert Dektet. Nels is a member of the jazz trio Dolcetto, which performs at weddings, events, coffee houses, and jazz venues in the Seattle area. Every month or so you can catch Nels playing dance band trumpet with the 85th Street Big Band.
Nels is also a member of the Raging River Brass.
Nels also devotes some time to studying the alphorn, and has participated in workshops in Switzerland and the United States, including improvisational performances. His studies have included lessons with Swiss alphorn player and pedagogue Fritz Frautschi and Canadian alphorn virtuoso William Hopson.
When not performing, Nels maintains an active clinical psychology practice.