A Georgia Baptist Institution
|GUEST ARTIST SERIES|
October 13-14, 2013
In l987, Ms. Weems was invited for a second international tour to the countries of Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Costa Rica and in 1993, to Taiwan and Hong Kong. In addition, Ms. Weems has represented the United States in the l981 Van Cliburn International Competition, and won top awards in the International Recording Competition.
She has appeared as guest artist with numerous symphony orchestras, and has given master classes in music schools and conservatories in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the West Indies. Ms. Weems was an exchange professor and guest performer at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England; Sungshin Women's University in Seoul, Korea; and in 2008, the International Piano Master Class Series of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Currently, Nancy Weems is the Madison Endowed Professor and Coordinator of the piano area at the University of Houston Moores School of Music in Houston, Texas. Her students have won top awards in many national and international competitions including the first prizes in the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition, the Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition, and the Nena Wideman National Young Artist Concerto Competition. Many of her current and former students now hold positions in music schools and universities worldwide, and several have successful performing careers under professional artist management.
A dedicated teacher, she was named the Outstanding Collegiate Teacher in l99l by the Texas Music Teachers Association, and received a University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1995. Professor Weems regularly presents lectures, recitals and teacher workshops and has been a featured MTNA convention artist for the states of New York, Washington, Minnesota, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. In addition, Ms. Weems has been a frequent presenter at the Music Teachers National Association Convention and the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences.
Ms. Weems has been a faculty member at the Moores School since 1982.
The Critics Say...
"A great deal of excitement...a delightful mix of strength and flexibility."
"It would be difficult to choose which performance was the most impressive on Nancy Weems' program...It was a performance that combined strong intellectual, visceral, and emotional values...a very meaningful musical experience."
"During the opening measures, Weems set the standard for the performance with her deft handling of the tension between Shostakovich's lyrical melodicism and percussive treatment of the piano. Her leadership propelled a captivating performance and inspired the Leontovych players to their best efforts of the afternoon..."
"Delicate touch, distinctive dynamics, rhythmical accuracy, modulated phrasing, and a firm tone, complementing sharp and coherent interpretations, demonstrated the exceptional skill and musicality of pianist Nancy Weems."
"consummate vigor and precision...brought the audience to its feet...Nancy Weems' concert tour was one of the most rewarding efforts at creative diplomacy ever undertaken."
"A rare treasure...an outstanding artist who has something to say to the listener."
"A vibrant young artist of unusual charm and musicality."
"Established herself as a virtuoso pianist in Denmark..."
"An artist of exceptional talent and personality...one of the best pianists ever to come to Jamaica."
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