NANCY SCIMONE Performing Artist

ABOUT NANCY SCIMONE

Performing Artist, Soprano, and Songwriter Nancy Scimone knew from the age of six that singing would be her lifelong passion. Her inspiration is sparked by sacred scripture, the beauty of nature, her family, the writings of great saints, her lifelong experiences of joys, sorrows, and the astounding grace of being alive. The purpose of every song Nancy Scimone sings is to launch the listener Heavenward, to glorify God, and for her listeners to experience God's grace in their own lives. Her distinctive vitality and generous stage presence reach audiences from transcendent cathedrals, Kansas farming communities, memory care residences and grand concert halls.

BACKGROUND

Nancy Scimone was raised in a small, serene suburb of New York City and was nurtured by the liveliness and love of her endearing Italian American family, who loved music.  She first connected the beauty of music to the greatness of God at age four, during Mass at her childhood church St. Theresa.  

Early childhood experiences that forged her awareness of the power of creative expression remain treasured memories, such as listening, enthralled, to her Grandfather Santo's mandolin songs, and visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral to revere a Michelangelo on loan, and praying in the grandeur of that holy space.  Learning to play the piano, she began declaring her own creative imagination, and before she could ride a two-wheel bike, began 'making up' her own songs. 

"Truly this is an artist who understands that her gifts are to be used for the higher goal of bringing beauty and understanding to the world."  St. John Paul Cultural Center, Washington DC USA

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Her acclaimed original saint drama performances have reached many 1,000s of listeners, with over 100 performances across North America, including San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, the heartlands of Kansas and Nebraska, Rockford, the Washington, DC area, and Toronto. She has performed her drama "Saint Faustina - Messenger of Mercy" at the Divine Mercy Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the John Paul II Cultural Center, and in historic Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore, the site of the miracle leading to Sister Faustina's sainthood.  

She has sung the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the National Shrine of Divine Mercy's EWTN international broadcast, and composed a "Chaplet of Divine Mercy" melody for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concpetion for the Basilica's Feast of Divine Mercy.  At the invitation of the Sisters of Life congregation, she performed a concert of classical and original sacred music at the Church of Our Saviour in New York City.

Her original one-woman drama "Mary Magdalene - At the Feet of Jesus" is a one-of-a-kind Biblically-based musical drama that shines a holy light on this great saint.  MARY MAGDALENE DRAMA

Classically trained, she has  performed as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at the John F. Kennedy Center, the role of La Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Embassy of Austria (Washington DC,) Smithsonian National Zoo galas, Johns Hopkins "Art of Healing" series, the US Botanic Gardens, and as guest soloist with the US Army Chorus in "An Evening of Poetry and Song."  An accomplished vocalist of 'Great American Songbook' music, she has presented over 70 performances in the Washington, DC area, with notable jazz pianists.

In Italy, she has appeared as soloist with the Montefeltro Festival in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, as well as in church and opera concerts in Florence.  

SENIORS AND MEMORY CARE

Nancy performs regularly for memory care, assisted living and senior residents, providing a respite of comfort and joy. "The most amazing gift and privilege of performing for our treasured elderly is their wisdom and heart, and their uninhibited love for the music. They share their stories with me, and I learn an abundance of wisdom from them. One afternoon I performed show tunes and 1940s songs at a veterans' home, and from the back of the room a man called out,  'sing something from (the opera) Madame Butterfly.'  I hadn't imagined that this was a Puccini crowd. I learn great lessons from my elders."

DISCOGRAPHY

Nancy Scimone's recorded full albums include both her original songs and classics. "The Quiet Place" is her collection of psalm settings arranged for instrumental ensemble; "Ora Pro Nobis"; "Panis Angelicus;" "The Sanctity of Life Scriptural Rosary," and "The Chaplet of Divine Mercy." They are heard worldwide on radio and online. Listen to samples here: CD Songs

Nancy Scimone is a member of the American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers (ASCAP.)  She resides with her family in northern Virginia, and is a regular lector at her home parish.