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    Chamber Music Connection - Shannon Nance

    Instrument/Department: Chamber Music Connection

    Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2017 - 2022


    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, SUNY Geneseo Orchestra, Masterworks Festival Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (NE), Greece Symphony (NY), and the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic. Shannon has also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Arizona Musicfest in Scottsdale, AZ.

    An active chamber musician in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region, Shannon frequently collaborates 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, Canandaigua Lake Chamber Festival, and WXXI’s Live from Hochstein 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 has directed the String Intensive Study Program at the Masterworks Festival for several years, and has been a frequent faculty member since the festival’s opening in 1997.


    More About Shannon Nance

    Hometown: Lincoln, NE

    Favorite things to do in Rochester area: Walks near Lake Ontario, sailing in my dad's boat on Lake Ontario

    When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: With my family -- reading, cooking, or watching movies in our home theater

    My favorite local restaurant: Fiorella at the Public Market

    Family: Married to RPO trumpeter Wesley Nance, and together we have enjoyed exploring the interesting repertoire of trumpet and violin chamber music. We live a full and busy life raising four children and in what little spare time we can find, enjoy cooking and sailing together!

    Favorite place(s) to travel: Pittsburgh to see my grandson (born 9/20/17)! Also, St. Maarten in the Caribbean and Sonoma/Dry Creek Valley "wine country" in CA.

    Favorite movie/TV show: Our family loves the series Chuck and has watched it in its entirety many times! However, our favorite family movie is The Incredibles -- we love how everyone discovers their gifts, and they learn to work together!

    What people would be surprised to know about me: Every morning (with few exceptions) starts with a beautiful cappuccino that my husband makes me -- complete with latte art on top ... he's amazingly talented!