Pianist Patsy Wade has specialized in contemporary music, as recitalist and accompanist. She has won particular recognition for her collaboration with singers in interpreting twentieth century music and has premiered works by American composers. She has appeared in concerts sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Institute for the Arts, and the Nashville Community Concert Association. Recitals include appearances on WGBH Boston, NPR, International Congress on Women in Music (Alaska), National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Quad Cities Arts Series (Iowa), and many other venues throughout the eastern and southern United States and Great Britain. Most recently she was pianist for the premiere of the opera “George Sand and…Chopin?,” written for Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Piano by Persis Vehar, was heard in concert on NPR Studio C/Nashville, was accompanying pianist for featured recitalist at the National Convention of NATS in Minnesota, and performed in Student Master Classes and Faculty Concerts for composers Libby Larsen and Elizabeth Vercoe. Ms Wade completed a twenty-seventh tour with youth choirs, performing traditional choral concerts as well as staged musical productions. She was honored last year with induction into Sigma Alpha Iota as Friend of the Arts.
Ms. Wade is active as recitalist on Dimensions New Music Series at Austin Peay State University. Until Fall 2007 she was Staff Accompanist and Adjunct Professor of Piano at APSU, responsible for teaching Piano Accompanying and supervising the Collaborative Piano program in addition to her recital accompanying/coaching responsibilities. She is Adjunct Artist Teacher of Piano at Blair School of Music/Vanderbilt University, Adjunct Instructor of Piano for the College of Visual and Performing Arts/Belmont University, and Pianist/Choral Accompanist at Brentwood United Methodist Church/Brentwood, Tennessee. She is pianist on four recordings of music for solo voice and piano, as well as several dozen Choral Concert CD’s. Ms. Wade holds the Bachelor of Music/Piano from Birmingham-Southern College, and the Master of Music/Piano from George Peabody College.