Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo performs extensively as a soloist, a professional accompanying pianist (specializizng in string and saxophone repertoire), and a chamber music collaborator. She has been a guest soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, various University orchestras across the United States and is currently a pianist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She is an Associate Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where she teaches applied piano, vocal and instrumental accompanying/coaching, piano techniques courses, coaching students, capstone and music history. She has also served as the Chair of the Department of Music.
Dr. DeSalvo completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music/ Case Western Reserve University in Collaborative Piano, 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 Keene and Artur Balsam. 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. Recently her recording of two new piano sonatas by Daniel Perttu and Jason Howard has been accepted for expected comercial release in February, 2018.
Nancy Zipay DeSalvo was added to the Steinway Artist roster in 2002.