Virginia Weckstrom is Artist Teacher of Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Shepherd School and artist in residence at the Glenn Gould School. She is also a member of the artist faculty at the Aspen Music Festival. Previously, Ms. Weckstrom taught collaborative piano and chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was director of Chamber Music at the Residential College of the University of Michigan. She also chaired the piano department at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Ct, and was a founder of the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts (MI), creating successful educational programs and concert series at both institutions.
Active in both solo and chamber music, Ms. Weckstrom was pianist/manager of the Wall Street Chamber Players, with whom she appeared often on NPR, was pianist/harpsichordist with the New Haven Symphony and has performed with the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony orchestras.
Ms. Weckstrom received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Western College for Women and her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers have included Eleanore Vail, John Kirkpatrick, John Perry, Lilian Kallir and Jacqueline Marcault.
Ms. Weckstrom will serve as Artist-in-Residence during the first week of the festival.
Nicholas Shaneyfelt is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in Collaborative Piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He completed his doctoral studies in the Collaborative Piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan, he served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with regular involvements at the Northampton Community Music Center, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, and the UMass Newman Center. He currently accompanies Luther College’s Nordic Choir, and has accompanied the Chamber Choir and Chorale at UMass under the direction of Tony Thornton, the UMass Conducting Institute, the South Hadley Chorale, and regional honor choirs and choral societies in western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.
Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Dr. Shaneyfelt received Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree from UMass with a dual focus in Solo and Collaborative Piano. At UMass, he was the recipient of the 2011 Eugenie May Piano Award. While at Notre Dame, he was the winner of the university’s concerto competition. His piano trio, “The Nora Trio,” was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Notable recent performances include the premiere of David Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, recital tours with soprano Katie Calcamuggio-Donner, engagements in Los Angeles, New York City, and the Kennedy Center through the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative, and Winterreise with tenor William Hite.
Nicholas has studied with John Blacklow, Nadine Shank, Estela Olevsky, and Gilles Vonsattel.