Nancy Curry, coach-pianist, has taught a variety of vocal and collaborative arts at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Northern Colorado, Central (Nebraska) Community College, Bethany College (Kansas), and most recently at the University of Victoria. She received her training at the University of Alberta, the University of Southern California and the Banff Centre, where she held faculty assistant positions as a coach-accompanist for opera, art song, and avant-garde music theatre programs.
Among her mentors were Martin Isepp, Thomas Muraco, Gwendolyn Koldovsky, Jean Barr in classical repertoire, John Hess and Richard Armstrong in avant-garde repertoire, and Jeannette LoVetri in contemporary commercial repertoire.
In addition to her love for art song and extensive performing experience as a recitalist, Ms. Curry has music directed theatre productions for companies in Colorado, Nebraska, and Canada. Her music theatre experience ranges from Mozart operas to avant-garde works, including productions of Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein), Sweet Betsy from Pike (Bucci), The Secret Garden (Simon) and Street Scene (Weill). A recent arrival to Victoria, she has music directed local productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria), 9 to 5 (Victoria Operatic Society), George and Gracie: A Love Story (Where’s Noonan?, Victoria Fringe) and [title of show] (Urban Arts, Victoria Fringe). An ardent proponent of bringing the vocal arts to the wider community, she has toured as music director/pianist with outreach ensembles for San Diego Opera, Nevada Opera and Edmonton Opera, performing original chamber operas, adaptations of classics, and concerts of arias and duets.
In addition to her work as vocal coach, accompanist, and music director, Ms. Curry is now a candidate for an interdisciplinary PhD in applied theatre and curriculum studies at the University of Victoria, researching the use of drama to develop social understanding in adults on the autism spectrum.