Nadine Shank has been teaching Group Fitness for over 32 years, in nearly every club existing in Amherst during that time. She has taught High/Low Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Step, Spinning, and Les Mills Body Pump.
Off the aerobics floor, Pianist Nadine Shank is Professor of Piano at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is Chair of the Piano and Collaborative Piano programs. She is Principal Orchestral Pianist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra.
Nadine made her debut at the age of fifteen, performing the Prokofiev 1st Piano Concerto with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra as winner of the prestigious concerto competition at the National Music Camp, Interlochen MI. She performed at such venues as the Phillips Collection, D.C.; Jordan Hall and Tsang Performance Center, Boston; Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, NYC; the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Chamber Festival; the Monadnock Festival; and Mohawk Trail Concerts. Ms. Shank has appeared in festivals and international conventions in Europe and the Virgin Islands, with the Lark String Quartet, West Point Band and the Springfield Symphony and University Orchestras, and performed in a duo with violinist Charles Treger for 12 years.
Nadine has recorded 17 CDs and can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Gaspari, MRS, New World, Open Loop, Spectrum, and YAL labels, including “Sonata No. 2 for Piano of Yusef Lateef;” “Calls and Echoes: American Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano,” with Eric Berlin, trumpet, three duo recordings with saxophonist Lynn Klock and numerous Play-Along CDs for saxophone and clarinet for Open Loop.
Nadine earned degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory, receiving the Rudolph Serkin and Pi Kappa Lambda Piano Prizes, and at Indiana University (Bloomington) where she was a Concerto Competition winner. Her teachers included Menahem Pressler, Sanford Margolis and John Wustman.
- AFAA Instructor Training Certification
- Spinning Certification
- Schwinn Cycle Certification
- Les Mills Body Pump Certification
- Aqua, Step, and Primary Aerobics Cert. AAAI/ISMA
- Nadine teaches piano and coaches singers, privately
- She is the Organist at the Florence Congregational Church
- She also loves to play cocktail piano at parties