Nancy Goeres


Lecturer in Music, Bassoon


Boston University; University of Wisconsin






Nancy Goeres is currently principal bassoonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for which she has played since 1984. Before that, Nancy held similar positions with Florida Orchestra, The Caracas Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony.

In addition to her appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, she performs regularly at the leading festivals around the country including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Sarasota, LaJolla and Mainly Mozart festivals, New York’s 92nd Street Y Series, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, Music in the Vineyards (CA) and Instrumenta Verano, Puebla, Mexico. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

With Lorin Maazel and the PSO, she premiered Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Bassoon Concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. In addition to recording the Zwilich Concerto with the PSO and Lorin Maazel on the New World label, she has subsequently performed it with the Chamber Symphony of the Aspen Music Festival and at a conference of the International Double Reed Society. In 2004, she traveled to Cuba to conduct master classes and perform the concerto with the Havana Symphony. Other concerto performances with the PSO include Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante, John Williams’ bassoon concerto, The Five Sacred Trees, the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, and the Rossini Bassoon Concerto.

An active teacher, Goeres has given master classes in Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, and returns frequently to China. In the U.S., she often works with the students of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music. She is a member of the faculty of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where she not only trains the next generation of musicians, but also conducts workshops for bassoonists around the country via the Internet. Since 1991 you can find her in the summer teaching and performing with the Aspen Music Festival and School.

A native of Lodi, Wisconsin, her principal teachers were Sherman Walt and Richard Lottridge. Goeres holds the PSO’s Mr. & Mrs. William Genge and Mr. & Mrs. James E. Lee Principal Bassoon Chair. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Woodlands Foundation, which is involved with bringing music to children with disabilities and chronic illness.