Nancy Tunnicliffe is a professional bagpiper, teacher, and performer. She plays a variety of programs and events, and especially enjoys taking the bagpipe outside of its usual boundaries and venues. She has appeared as a guest soloist with many of the country’s top orchestras, such as the Boston Pops with John Williams, the National Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Nancy’s academic background includes a BA from Yale University and an MA in World Music¬†from Wesleyan University. She is a sought-after teacher and a certified adjudicator of all levels of bagpipe competition, as well as a workshop leader. Her specialty is Piobaireachd, the classical music of the Highland pipe, a theme and variations style of music which had its heyday from the 15th to 18th centuries.

Nancy has made more than 100 television appearances in support of Scottish traditions, and has piped by request aboard Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Yacht Britannia. She is currently enjoying playing the bagpipe in school programs, as that’s how she first heard the instrument as a third-grader. To find out more about the school programs offered by Nancy and her friend, author Jana Laiz, click here!

Bagpiper Nancy Tunnicliffe and John Williams

Nancy Tunnicliffe with John Williams


  • Soloist, World Premier of An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise¬† conducted by John Williams for the Boston Pops 100th Anniversary. Over 100 subsequent performances, recordings, and national PBS broadcasts.
  • Soloist at venues including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, The Kennedy Center, and The Hollywood Bowl.
  • Recognized as a Master Artist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
  • Winner of the first Nicol-Brown Chalice for Piobaireachd, and the Boreraig Trophy.
  • Piped by invitation on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Yacht, Britannia.
  • Soloist at a Royal Gala at Lincoln Center, New York.
  • Toured the US several times as a spokesperson for the Scotch Whisky industry, appearing on over 50 radio and television broadcasts.