WSU Music Alumni
Nancy Feld and Wanda Coalson
Nancy Feld and Wanda Coalson met in the Music Department at Wright State where they were studying piano with Dr. Barbara Foster. After graduating over 25 years ago (Nancy, ’84 BA, Wanda ‘78BM), they remained friends and began to explore four-hand piano literature together. For over twenty years, they have given performances ranging from lecture recitals for professional piano teacher organizations to entertaining for the Opera Guild and the Wright Patterson Foreign Liaison Officer’s Ball. In 2001, they were invited to perform in Bonn, Germany and received outstanding newspaper reviews there. Wanda and Nancy performed at Wright State University for the Steinway Dedication Series to a sold out audience, and in April of 2004 they played at the Wright State ArtsGala.
After graduation, Wanda continued piano studies with Barbara Foster, and later with Barbara Wasson. She presided as Beavercreek Piano Teacher’s Chairman for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and was also a Guild Adjudicator for over 20 years; judging in both piano performance and composition. Wanda chaired a campaign to purchase a piano for the Beavercreek Community Room and was a panel member for Wright State’s Careers in Music, representing the Private Studio Teacher. Wanda has given workshops at Wright State and for OMTA on setting up group teaching in the studio. Her studio has consisted of as many as fifty students, all ages and levels.Besides duet playing, Nancy has studied fortepiano with Richard Fuller in Vienna and has performed on her harpsichord and fortepiano for the Dayton Bach Society, a Mozart Symposium sponsored by the Ohio Arts and Humanities Council, the Dayton Chamber Society and at the Dayton Art Institute. She has combined her degrees in Art (’69 BA, University of Iowa) and Music to give lecture performances on Impressionism, and has recently been a presenter in symposia at the Inn at Honey Run in Eastern Ohio, first on Impressionism (2004) and then on the Italian Renaissance (2005). She has also been a guest lecturer in a course entitled “The Psychology of the Arts” at the University of Dayton. Nancy maintains a private piano studio of about twenty students.