Pianist Nanette Shannon is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Originally from New Mexico, she began her career as pianist and harpsichordist for the Orchestra of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. A dedicated performer of every aspect of the repertory, Ms. Shannon has especially distinguished herself as an interpreter of contemporary music. As a member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C. during the 1990’s, she gave premieres of numerous pieces by an international group of composers. She was also invited to give premieres at three National Meetings of the College Music Society. In recent seasons Ms. Shannon has performed twice as a concerto soloist with the Mercury Ensemble in Denver, and has collaborated with the Colorado Chamber Players, Front Range Chamber Players, Parabola Trio, and the Playground Ensemble for numerous concerts in a variety of settings in the area. In addition to her current positions as Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Regis University and Affiliate Instructor of Class Piano at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Ms. Shannon is a frequent adjudicator for local competitions, including MTNA events, the Young Musicians Foundation in Denver, and those of the Jefferson County and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras. Previous teaching positions include Bucknell University and the Baltimore School for the Arts. She earned her doctorate in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory as a student of Ann Schein, and studied at summer festivals with Reginald Stewart, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr.