WYSO Alumna Basoonist Nancy Goeres

GoeresPrincipal Bassoonist Nancy Goeres joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1984. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Goeres held similar positions with Florida Orchestra, The Caracas Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony.

In addition to her appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, she has performed at the leading festivals around the country including Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Sarasota, La Jolla and Mainly Mozart festivals, New York’s 92nd Street Y Series, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards (CA) and Instrumenta Verano, Puebla, Mexico. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

Alan Fletcher’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony, was premiered by Goeres and conducted by Manfred Honeck in 2011. She subsequently performed the concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony in summer 2012.

With Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, she premiered Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Bassoon Concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition to recording the Zwilich Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Lorin Maazel on the New World label, she has subsequently performed it with the Chamber Symphony of the Aspen Music Festival and at a conference of the International Double Reed Society. In 2004, she traveled to Cuba to conduct master classes and perform the concerto with the Havana Symphony. Other concerto performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra include Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante, John Williams’ bassoon concerto, The Five Sacred Trees, and the Mozart and Rossini Bassoon Concertos.

An active teacher, Goeres has given master classes in Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and returns frequently to China. In the United States, she often works with the students of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. She is a member of the faculty of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where she not only trains the next generation of musicians, but also conducts workshops for bassoonists around the country via the internet. Since 1991, she can be found teaching and performing with the Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer. Goeres will also join the faculty of the Boston University School of Fine Arts in fall 2015.

A native of Lodi, Wisconsin, her principal teachers were Sherman Walt and Richard Lottridge. Goeres holds the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Mr. & Mrs. William Genge and Mr. & Mrs. James E. Lee Principal Bassoon Chair. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Woodlands Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

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