"As a radio host and as a singer, Suzanne Nance's vibrancy and commitment attract audiences." - Portland Press Herald
Proclaimed the “Queen of Classical” by Maine's Portland Press Herald, Suzanne Nance is an award-winning broadcaster, soprano, actor and arts ambassador who has produced and hosted dozens of radio and TV programs and documentaries. Prior to joining All Classical Portland (Oregon) in 2015, Nance produced and hosted the afternoon drive-time radio show on 98.7FM WFMT Chicago and co-produced and hosted Lyric Opera of Chicago's internationally syndicated radio broadcast series. Nance was also the host of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra radio series (nationally syndicated) and producer and host of Salt Bay Chamberfest Mainestage radio series broadcast in New England. Other recent posts include co-producer and host of the Grant Park Music Festival series in Chicago and host the 2014 BravoVail! Music Festival syndicated radio series. Suzanne was also host of a two-part documentary series (syndicated internationally by WFMT) titled Russian Music and Literature: Voices of the People. Recent interviews include soprano Renée Fleming, Sting, violinists Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn, mandolinist Chris Thile, actress/comedian Jane Lynch, pianist Yefim Bronfman and maestro Sir Andrew Davis. Nance was recently named one of Portland's best radio personalities in the Willamette Week's 2017 "best of" Survery and as one of Portland's "favorite artists" in Artslandia Magazine.
Suzanne Nance has also worked at WHYY in Philadelphia, Aspen Public Radio, and was the Director of Cultural Content and on-air morning host for Maine Public Broadcasting Network (Radio, TV and Web). During her tenure with MPBN (now Maine Public) from 2007-2014, she created, produced and hosted the Emmy-award winning series MaineArts! and created and produced a popular audio diary series titled Music that Moves ME. She has also been praised for her work on a series of TV documentaries (also produced at MPBN) including programs about Parkinson’s disease (featuring Michael J. Fox) and Alzheimer’s disease.
An active and sought after soprano, Nance brings her artistry and musical excellence to the operatic, concert and recital stages around the world. Hailed for her “crystalline voice” (Bangor Daily News) with “volcanic power” (Downeast Magazine) and exceptional dramatic abilities and comedic timing, Nance has performed a diverse range of music to sold out audiences across the United States and abroad. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University and a Masters from DePaul University. Upcoming appearances include recitals of 20th Century French and American songs, an international tour of Poulenc’s one-woman opera La voix humaine (libretto Jean Cocteau) and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.
Ms. Nance is currently the Interim CEO and the afternoon on-air host for All Classical Portland, she is also the Managing Producer of The Score (a nationally syndicated radio program). www.allclassical.org
Suzanne is a frequent guest lecturer and writer about music and an active arts ambassador. She speaks nationally about the power of music, the benefits of arts education, promoting emotional literacy and the importance of supporting cultural economy.