Nadia Stevens began studying the piano at the age of 5 and playing the organ at the age of 16, when she attended music camp at Ohio Wesleyan University. She played the organ for services in her church in Marblehead, OH. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, where she studied piano, organ, theory and music history in the Conservatory and took liberal arts courses in the College.
Later in life, Ms. Stevens entered music as a career. In the summers of 1997 and 1998 she participated in the International Series for Organ Students that Yuko Hayashi of New England Conservatory offered at Old West Church, Boston, MA. She performed in class recitals on the Fisk Opus 55 organ.
Ms. Stevens enrolled in the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA, where she majored in organ studies. She studied organ with Peter Sykes, Music Director of First Church Cambridge, and practiced on the Frobenius organ of that church. In May of 2008 Ms. Stevens gave a graduation recital and was awarded the Longy School of Music Undergraduate Diploma in Organ Performance.
Ms. Stevens has held the position of organist and choir director in several churches in the Boston area over a period of twenty years. The churches include: the Unitarian Church of Malden; St. Augustine and St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Boston; and the First Congregational Church, Charlestown. She has also been a substitute organist at, most recently, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Sudbury; St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Brookline; All Saints' Episcopal Church, Belmont; the Episcopal Church, Reading; and the Christian Science Church, Concord.
Prior to her career as an organist, Ms. Stevens earned a diploma in French language at the Institute for Foreign Teachers of French, University of Paris, Paris, France, and a Masters of Arts degree in French literature at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. She taught French, Music Appreciation, and Fundamentals of Music at colleges in Cleveland, OH and Boston, MA. She has also been a writer in the high tech world. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Ms. Stevens served as an international civil servant of the United Nations in New York, Geneva, and Jerusalem, where she once played for a service in the Scottish Church of Jerusalem.