Joined the RPO in 1993
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 SUNY Geneseo Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (NE), the Greece Symphony (NY), and the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic. Shannon has also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Arizona Musicfest in Socttsdale, 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, the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, the 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 private 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. Shannon also coaches advanced chamber groups for the Hochstein School.
Shannon is married to RPO trumpeter Wesley Nance, and together they have enjoyed exploring the interesting repertoire of chamber music for violin and trumpet. They have raised four children and have recently discovered the joys of grandparenthood!