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60th Anniversary Alumni Faculty Recital: Allison Shinnick

In celebration of 60 years of excellence in piano teaching and learning at NSMS, we invite you to attend a very special recital, featuring performances by NSMS alumni faculty. Join us on Saturday, November 21st at 8:00PM ET. As we countdown to the recital, we will profile each performer.

When were you at NSMS, and what was your role?

I was at NSMS from 2016-2020. I started as a postgraduate fellow, then became faculty, and Digital Communications and Engagement Coordinator for the Frances Clark Center.

What are you doing now? 

I am attending the University of Michigan, pursuing a DMA in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, which includes teaching class piano at the university, pre-college piano students in our preparatory department, and a small private studio.

What is your favorite memory from your time at NSMS?

How can I choose one? Perhaps playing The Gallop March with Trevor, Kristin, and Esther at the Gala in 2019, and breaking a string in the opening run! Thankfully, it was the final piece on the program.

How has NSMS impacted your teaching and your life?

When I made the move to New Jersey, I knew I was coming to a special place and expected that I would learn a lot about teaching. What I didn't expect was to be welcomed into what truly feels like a family of incredibly passionate teachers and humans. The love of music, teaching, and learning among faculty at NSMS is contagious! My teaching went through a major transformation during my four years at NSMS, not only because of the excellent pedagogical instruction I received, but also because of the influence of the faculty, whose energy, dedication, and integrity is unparalleled in the field. I will spend the rest of my life seeking to inspire other teachers as you all have inspired me.

What will you be playing for the recital?

Nocturne in E Major, op. 62, no, 2 by Frédéric Chopin.


Join us in celebrating the legacy of NSMS in words and music! Sign up, and you'll receive links for the recital broadcast and Zoom reception. $10 minimum donation per family.


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