Carnegie Mellon University

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Nancy Goeres

Nancy Goeres

Artist Lecturer in Bassoon

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Principal Bassoonist Nancy Goeres joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and holds the Mr. & Mrs. William Genge and Mr. & Mrs. James E. Lee Principal Bassoon Chair. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Goeres held similar positions with the Florida Orchestra, the Caracas Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony. She serves on the faculties of Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University and the music festivals of Aspen and Sarasota. An active teacher, Goeres has given master classes and recitals in Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and returns frequently to China.

In addition to her appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, she has been a member of the All Star Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwartz, which produced a multi disc set of recordings of major orchestral repertoire, and has also performed at leading festivals around the world.

Goeres has had a number of works written for her. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony, Goeres premiered Alan Fletcher’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in 2011 with the orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck. André Previn’s Sonata for Bassoon was also written for her and premiered by her with the composer at the 92nd Street Y in New York. With Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, she premiered Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Bassoon Concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Other concerto performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra include: Music from the Floating World, by David Ludwig, Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, John Williams’ bassoon concerto, The Five Sacred Trees, and Mozart, Vivaldi and Rossini bassoon concertos.