Shear has hosted many special events including benefits at the Rainbow
Room and, with Andre Previn, co-hosted a gala at the Caramoor Music
Festival. She also leads tours of artistic interest, lecturing to
groups en route.
addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Shear has held positions as
orchestra librarian with The Curtis Institute of Music (for six years),
the International Festival of Youth Orchestras (in England, Scotland
and Wales) for four seasons and with various publishing companies in
the editorial and performance departments. There is scarcely an area of
the art or business of music with which she has not been involved.
Shear was heard on her weekly celebrity interview program, "After Eight
with Nancy Shear," and was host and co-coordinator of WNYC's annual
day-long special, AMERICATHON, from 1983 to 1987. (New York Magazine's
Peter G. Davis called her "...a congenial comm�re who initiated many
lively, provocative conversations.") In 1983-84, Nancy was co-host with
Alan Rich (former music critic of Newsweek magazine) of NEW SOUNDS USA,
part of the New Music America Festival, in Washington, DC, broadcast
nationwide. Ms. Shear has written, produced and/or hosted live
broadcasts from a variety of venues. She has been heard (on WNYC, WHYY
and NPR) in hundreds of interviews with the foremost personalities of
our time, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Geraldine Fitzgerald,
Celeste Holm, Lotte Lenya, Victor Borge, William Schuman, the Juilliard
String Quartet, Murray Perahia, Andre Watts, Yehudi Menuhin, Riccardo
Muti, Zubin Mehta and others. She has been heard in special productions
for WNYC, WFMT, NPR and other outlets.
ten semesters, Ms. Shear co-hosted courses at New York University's
Extension Division with WQXR's Robert Sherman on "Culture in New York"
and "Conversations in Music." She has been a guest speaker and panel
member at several conferences and seminars dealing with the arts,
communications, and public relations. Her music lectures are
performances in themselves, imbued with humor, drama and contagious
graduate of the International School of Travel (for the training of
travel agents), Ms. Shear has hosted tours of musical interest to
festivals such as Aspen and the Santa Fe Opera Festival. Her extensive
travels include two remarkable visits to the Soviet Union, in 1970 and
1990, and a tour through Japan with the University of Illinois Kabuki
Company at the height of the Persian Gulf War.
soon, selected articles and essays by Nancy Shear.