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Nancy's Biography

Nancy WertschNancy Wertsch, a native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is a musician whose career has been active in a variety of disciplines: as an accomplished pianist, mezzo-soprano soloist, composer, teacher, professional chorister, and choral contractor & consultant. Her education includes studies with renowned Danish pianist Gunnar Johansen at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; vocal studies at the Aspen Music School, and the Music Academy of the West; graduation from the all-scholarship Curtis Institute of Music as a voice major; and a Fulbright Grant attending the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany for two years. Upon returning to the United States, she served on the voice faculty at the University of Memphis, followed by a move to New York City where she has worked and lived since. She has travelled and performed extensively with various music groups around the country, in Europe, and in Israel.

Ms. Wertsch’s affinity for vocal music has inspired her to compose a large body of choral music, anthems and concert pieces. Her works are widely performed in churches and concert halls, and have been prize winners at various competitions. She has received commissions from such prestigious New York organizations as the Interchurch Center, the New York Treble Singers, the New York Concert Singers, The Riverside Church, First Presbyterian Church, and The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Her works can be found recorded by The Dale Warland Singers, The New York Virtuoso Singers, The First Presbyterian Church and The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, amongst others. Her music is published by Oxford University Press,  G. Schirmer, Carus-Verlag, and Nancy Wertsch Music, Ltd.

Ms. Wertsch’s mezzo-soprano voice has been hailed as “an instrument of rich clarity, natural and effortless.” She has performed demanding twentieth-century vocal works, and has appeared on recordings on the Nonesuch, Koch International, and Bridge Records label. She is a charter member of The New York Virtuoso Singers, and as a member of Voices of Ascension her voice is on nearly all of it’s CDs in repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Rorem.