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Shannon Nance

Director of the String Intensive Studies Program

Shannon Nance, Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, has been a member of the RPO violin section since 1993.  She holds two degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Catherine Tait and Zvi Zeitlin.  Shannon has appeared as soloist with the RPO, the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (NE), the Greece Symphony (NY), the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and most recently with the SUNY Geneseo Orchestra and the Festival Orchestra at the Masterworks Festival.  Shannon has also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Arizona Musicfest in Socttsdale, AZ.

Shannon is the violinist of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, which performs regularly in Lodi and Ithaca, NY.  An active chamber musician in the Rochester area, she enjoys collaborating with colleagues from the RPO and faculty members of the Eastman School of Music on the recital series of Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Morning Chamber Music at Eastman, the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Festival, and WXXI’s Live from Hochstein recital series. Shannon plays a 1798 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin.

In addition to a busy performing career, Shannon is also a dedicated violin teacher, and has students of varying ages currently in her studio.  She serves on the faculty of the Masterworks Festival, in Winona Lake, Indiana.  Shannon also serves on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School’s “Eastman@Keuka” summer music camp.

Shannon is married to trumpeter Wesley Nance.  They live in Rochester, NY and live a full and busy life raising their four children.