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.

Creative & Professional Work

  • 6/15-6/27/2015:  Employed as a Collaborative Pianist and Coach for a 15th year at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek
  • 11/14/2015: Judged competitors in the Fort Collins/Loveland Piano Festival, sponsored by the Fort Collins and Loveland Music Teachers Associations
  • 3/5/2016: Judged competitors in the final round of the Broomfield Piano Festival, sponsored by the Broomfield Music Teachers Association
  • 4/30/2016: Judged competitors in all rounds from Elementary to Senior in the Rising Stars Music Festival at the University of Colorado in Boulder, sponsored by the Colorado State Music Teachers Association
  • 4/13/2016: Joined Regis pianist R. Andrew Lee for a two-piano piece on his Faculty Recital

Professional Organizations

  • 2014-2018: Grants Chair for the Colorado State Music Teachers Association     
  • 1/2016: Assisted in reviewing applicants and awarding the 2015 Local Affiliate Grant for CSMTA

Other Concerts and Recordings

  • 9/19/2015: Joined clarinetist Deborah Marshall in a concert as part of the international Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder
  • 3/2-3/4/2016: Recorded music for cello and piano with cellist Dianne Betkowski at the Colorado Public Radio studio as part of a planned CD of lesser known works 

Research & Scholarship



A. Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Interviews, Reports, Obituaries

      B. Book Reviews

      C. Music Reviews

     D. Music Editions, Historical Notes



Community Service & Involvement

  • 4/7/2016: Gave a presentation for the Denver Pace Music Teachers Group called “How to Make Learning Fun and Successful in a Group Piano Environment”