Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo performs extensively as a soloist, a professional accompanying pianist (specializing in saxophone and string repertoire), and a chamber music collaborator. She has been a guest soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with various orchestras throughout the United States. She is an Associate Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where she is Head of the Piano Area. She teaches applied piano, vocal and instrumental accompanying and coaching, piano techniques courses, music history and is also an advisor for senior capstone documents. She has also served as the Chair of the School of Music.
Nancy DeSalvo completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University in Collaborative Piano Performance, where she was a student of Anne Epperson. She and baritone singer Jason Fuh captured First Prize for their performance of Four Claudal Poems in the Darius Milhaud Performance Auditions held at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. DeSalvo also received the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award, given at the discretion of the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty to a Collaborative Piano major who has special aptitude for vocal accompanying and who exemplifies the important dual role of the profession – that of support, service and cooperation, balanced with professional skill and high standards of performance. Dr. DeSalvo received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Constance Keen and Artur Balsom. After completing the master’s degree she worked exclusively in the studio of renowned violin teacher Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music as a collaborative pianist. She also held the position of Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan.
Nancy Zipay DeSalvo was added to the Steinway Artist roster in 2002.