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Nadine Shank

Professor, Piano, Collaborative Piano

Nadine Shank, coordinator of piano and collaborative piano

276 Fine Arts Center

Pianist Nadine Shank made her concert debut at age 15, performing the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 with the World Youth Orchestra of Interlochen as winner of their prestigious concerto competition. She was an award winner in the MTNA, Mason and Hamlin, and National Federation of Music Clubs competitions. She won a National Federation of Music Clubs scholarship to the National Music Camp, Interlochen, MI, and received the Van Cliburn Scholarship at Interlochen. Ms. Shank earned degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory, receiving the Rudolph Serkin Piano Award and Pi Kappa Lambda Piano Prize, and at Indiana University (Bloomington where she performed with the University Philharmonic as winnder of their Concerto Competition. Her teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Karen Shaw, Sanford Margolis and John Wustman. Appointed at the age of 25 to the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is the Area Coordinator of the Piano and Collaborative Piano Areas.  She has held the position of Principal Orchestral Pianist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra since the mid 80s.

Shank has performed at such prestigious venues as the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Jordan Hall and the Tsang Performance Center, Boston, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y, New York City; the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Chamber Festival; and the Monadnock Festival, New Hampshire. She has appeared in Festivals in Scotland, Germany, England, The Netherlands, Austria, Brazil, and the Virgin Islands. In a duo with violinist Charles Treger for over 10 years, she performed extensively in the United States and Poland, including the cycle of Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Beethoven. She has performed as soloist with the West Point Military Band at the Summer Concert Series (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue) and regularly appeared with them in recordings, on tour and at conferences. With the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra she soloed in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Frank Martin’s Concerto for Harp, Piano, and Harpsichord, and J.S. Bach’s Triple Harpsichord Concerto and with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra (William Perry’s Three Rhapsodies for Piano with silent movies), UMass Orchestra (Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Triple Concerto, Szymanowski Symphonie Concertante for Piano); University Wind Ensemble (David Maslanka’s Concerto No. 3, recorded on MSR label). She is a frequent chamber musician with her University colleagues and many other artists in venues on and off campus. See Festivals, Concerti, and Recital Series

Ms. Shank has recorded over 18 CDs; labels include CRI, Gasparo, MRS, New World, Spectrum, Open Loop, Albany, MSR, and YAL labels. She has recorded "Play-Along" CDs of saxophone and clarinet literature for Open Loop Recordings which have been used by students and professionals for decades.  See Discography

Ms. Shank is the Music Director/Organist at the Christ United Methodist Church in Northampton and is a certified Group Fitness, Les Mills Body Pump, and Spinning instructor teaching in several area health clubs.


VIDEOS (samples)

CD: Recorded the David Maslanka Concerto No 3 for Piano and the University Wind Ensemble, April 2018.

Video: Nadine Shank: Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra (Concerto Soloist with Farmington Valley Symphony. Hartford, CT. (William Perry’s Three Rhapsodies for Piano)

Videos with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone and Nadine Shank, piano
Ibert: Concertino da Camera

Pascal Sonatine:

Baljinder Signh Sekhon II:  Gradient

Jackson Berkey: Homage to Emily Dickinson:

David Liebman:  Three as One

David Amram:



Contact Nadine Shank for all Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Play-Along for Saxophone Volume 1: Nadine Shank, piano. Maurice: Tableaux De Provence, Lunde: Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, Schumann: Three Romances, Husa: Elegie et Rondeau, Creston: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Play-Along for Clarinet, Volume. 5: Nadine Shank, piano.  Music of Carl Maria von Weber: Concerto No. 1, Concerto No. 2, Concertino, Grand Duo Concertant. Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Play-Along for Saxophone, Volume 9: Nadine Shank, piano. Ibert Concertino da Camera, Bozza Aria, Glazounov Concerto, Ibert Aria, Rueff Concertino. Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Chant Corse, Lynn Klock, saxophone, Nadine Shank, piano Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Vintage Flora, Lynn Klock, saxophone and Nadine Shank, piano, Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Aria, Lynn Klock, saxophone and Nadine Shank, piano, Open Loop Recordings

CD:  Nadine Shank Plays Piano Sonata No 2 by Yusef Lateef. Yal Records

CD:  Calls and Echoes: American Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano, Eric Berlin, trumpet and Nadine Shank, piano. MS1395 – MSR Classics (Musicians Showcase Recordings)

CD: End of the Matter: Premieres for Trumpet: Eric Berlin, trumpet and Nadine Shank, piano, Eduardo Leandro, marimba.  MSR Records, 2010

CD:  American Jewish Art Song, Paulina Stark, soprano, Nadine Shank, piano. Centaur Recordings

CD: Playback (888295353878) © Copyright - Lois Hicks-Wozniak, saxophone/Matt Wozniak, bass trombone, Nadine Shank, piano (88829535387)

CD: It’s About Time, Laura Klock, horn, Nadine Shank, piano, William Hite, tenor. Albany Records 1574

CD: Quicksilver: David Maslanka Concerto No 3 for Piano, Nadine Shank, piano, Stacey Garop Saxophone Concerto, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone and other compositions for the University Wind Ensemble.  MSR Classics; Matthew Westgate, conductor.

CD: Wind Music of Frank Martin. MSR Classics; Piano and Wind Ensemble, Matthew Westgate, conductor

Recording and Video of “Notes for Buddy” Eric Berlin, trumpet and Nadine Shank, piano by Robert Bradshaw

CD with Text:  Gary Karpinski’s “Manual for Ear Training and Sight-Singing,”1st and 2nd edition: Recorded over 700 piano excerpts

CD:  Connections, Lynn Klock, saxophone, Nadine Shank, Scott Bailey piano, Laura Klock, horn, Albany Records, 2010

CD: Wayne Tice Plays the Music of Yusef Lateef, Yal Records, 2002

CD:  I Have Taken An Oath To Remember, Art Songs of the Holocaust, Paulina Stark, soprano, Nadine Shank, piano, Transcontinental Music Publishers, 2001

CD: Music of Salvatore Macchia, with Laura Klock, horn, Karen Smith-Emerson, soprano, and Nadine Shank, piano. Gasparo Records #2631

CD: Frederick Tillis Freedom, Nadine Shank, piano, Jon Humphrey, tenor. New World Records #80455-2 CD

CD: Music of Marc-Antonio Consoli: Saxlodie Lynn Klock, Saxophone and Nadine Shank, piano. Composers Recording (CR1 SD 539)

CD: West Point Military Band United States Military Academy 200 Years of Excellence Volume 1

CD: West Point Military Band United States Military Academy 200 Years of Excellence Volume 2

LP: Prokofiev Concerto No I in D-flat Major Op 10, Nadine Shank, piano with World Youth Symphony Orchestra (Interlochen) Silver Crest Records



Fringe Festival, Edinbugh, Scotland with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone

Schagerl Brass Festival (Melk, Austria)

International Brass Festival, Porto Allegre, Brazil

World Saxophone Congresses: Minneapolis, Montreal, Ljubljana, Zagreb

International Double Reed Society, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Oboe and Saxophone Festivals, Cambridge, UK

West Point Military Academy, NY Summer Concert Series

     Soloist in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue

Springfield Symphony Orchestra - Concerto soloist:

     Beethoven Choral Fantasy

     Frank Martin Concerto with Ann Hobsen Pilot, Harp

     Bach Triple Harpsichord Concerto

Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra:

     William Perry: Three Rhapsodies for Piano

Indiana University Philharmonic:

     Mozart: Concerto in B-Flat K595

World Youth Symphony Orchestra

     Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major

National Saxophone Conferences, Iowa, Greensboro, NC, West Point, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, Orlando, FL

Monadnack Music Festival NH

Mohawk Trail Concerts MA

Phillips Collection, 2 recitals, Washington, DC.

Jordan Hall, Tsang Performance Center, Boston University, Boston MA

Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, 92nd St. Y, Salon New York City, North of History Salon Space

Blossom Chamber Festival of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland, Ohio

Many recitals in the United States with UMass faculty and others.