Professional Bio

  • D.M.A., Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • M.M., Accompanying, University of Southern California
  • B.M., Piano Performance and Accompanying, Arizona State University
Dr. Nan Shannon has been an affiliate faculty member at Regis University, where she teaches piano and piano ensemble, since 2001. Her previous positions include coach/accompanist at Occidental College in Los Angeles, piano faculty and Director of Accompanying at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Visiting Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, theory and appreciation faculty at Towson University in Maryland, and teacher of piano and theory and coach/accompanist at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In addition to her position at Regis, Dr. Shannon has coached chamber groups through a program with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and the Intermezzo Chamber Music Program, and has served as an adjudicator for competitions held by MTNA and CSMTA, the Young Musicians Foundation, and the Jefferson and Fort Collins Symphonies.

She has performed as a soloist with the Mercury Ensemble and, as a member of such groups as the Colorado Chamber Players, Front Range Chamber Players, Parabola Trio, the Playground Ensemble, and Denver Eclectic Concerts, has given numerous concerts in a variety of settings in the area. A proponent of new music, she spent five seasons as a member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C., giving premieres of works by composers from around the world.

Dr. Shannon received her doctorate in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Ann Schein. She earned her Masters in Accompanying from the University of Southern California as a student of Jean Barr, and studied at the Aspen Music School and the Music Academy of the West with Brooks Smith and Reginald Stewart.