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. With her mission to share hope, joy, and beauty through music, she infuses spirited and soaring vocals into classic and original songs. 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 soul skyward, and for her listeners to sense 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 nurtured by the liveliness and love of her endearing Italian American family, who loved music. Memorable family visits into 'the city' to Radio City Music Hall, or to Saint Patrick's Cathedral to revere a Michelangelo on loan, and even listening to her Grandfather Santo's mandolin songs, helped to inform her awareness of the power of creative expression.  As she began learning to play the piano at home, she began exploring her own creative imagination, and before she could ride a two-wheel bike, she began 'making up' her own songs. 

LIVE PERFORMANCE

"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

Her acclaimed original saint drama performances have reached many 1,000s of listeners, with over 100 drama performances across North America, including San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, 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 the historic Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore, the site of the miracle leading to Sister Faustina's sainthood.  

Her 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

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."  She has presented over 70 performances at the historic Henley Park Hotel in Washington, DC, entertaining with notable jazz pianists with music from the Great American Songbook.

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 throughout in Florence.  

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.

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, not at all a fancy residence, and from the back of the room a man called out,  'sing something from (the opera) Madame Butterfly.'  I hadn't thought 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.