Nancy Peery Marriott Steinway Endowed Scholarship
Nancy Peery Marriott Steinway Endowed Scholarship in 2009 to benefit financially needy Utah Valley University students enrolled in the School of the Arts. Applicants must be pursuing a music-related major and demonstrate successful academic performance.
Nancy Peery Marriott was born in California and received a B.S. from the University of Utah. She has had a lifelong love of music, especially opera. After graduation, she continued her vocal studies at the Longy School of Music in Boston.
During her daughters’ school years, Marriott devoted her time and energy to enhancing their educational and personal development, volunteering in the classroom, assisting with scholastic programs, and even serving as headmistress for a day. She also shared her love of and appreciation for the arts with her girls, coordinating local, national, and international adventures experiencing other cultures and heritages and visiting museums, theaters, musical programs, and special events such as the Olympics. She encouraged each child to pursue her individual musical interests and talents in song, instrument, and dance, performing as a family at churches, nursing homes, and cultural venues every year through high school. She continues to encourage and support her grandchildren’s interests.
Marriott took master classes with Renee Fleming and Marlena Malas, vocal development with the University of Maryland Opera Department, and intensive opera studies with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She further developed her talent with the Alaska Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy, and the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Austria.
Marriott has performed at The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, Strathmore Hall, National Theatre, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Constitution Hall, as well as with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a live international broadcast and in numerous leading roles with the Washington Savoyards and at local embassies. She has participated in the Arts Naples (Florida) World Festival and the Opera International’s Gala Concert as well as with with the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra, Heifetz International Music Institute, the Great Waters Festival Orchestra, National Chamber Ensemble, and Ballet West, and she has participated in overseas programs in Israel and Argentina. She is the recipient of the Camerata Award from the University of Utah, the Opera Theatre Award from the Alaska Arts Festival, a special award from Opera International, and the Achievement in Arts Award from the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Marriott is also passionate about painting and spends what time she can refining her skill and perfecting her techniques. She has been recognized at exhibitions in the Washington metropolitan area and New England and has received awards for her stylistic landscapes in oil. She recently ventured into watercolors and is developing her talents in that medium.
In addition to being active with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaching junior high Sunday school for more than 25 years, she enjoys her involvement with various community and civic organizations. She has been especially active with the Washington Metropolitan Area Red Cross chapter and is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. She is also a past member of the boards of the Washington Performing Arts Society and the National Symphony Orchestra and currently serves on the board of First Media Corporation and several foundations.