Betty Wishart’s music has been performed throughout the United States, in England, France, Italy, South Korea, Russia and Japan. A graduate of Queens College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she continued her studies in New York. Her major piano and composition teachers were Richard Bunger, Michael Zenge, Roger Hannay, Donald Waxman,and Wolfgang Rosé.
Although many of her compositions are for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles, she has also written for voice and orchestra. In 2013 she wrote Suite of Miniatures for alto recorder, premiered by Dr. James Chaudoir at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. In 2014 she was commissioned to write a piece to promote awareness of domestic violence. This commission resulted in Requiem for Dreams, a four-movement song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano that encompasses a wide range of styles: pop, musical theater and pop vocalisms, as well as classical recitative and spoken dialogue. Judith Bruno and Kent Lyman premiered the work in January 2015.
In 2015 Wishart received a Regional Artist Project Support Grant from the Fayetteville and Cumberland County Arts Council for Dr. Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi to record her piano music. Ravello Records (ravellorecords.com) released Piano Sonorities on March 11, 2016. The recording includes Night Visions Suite, a work that involves strumming the strings of the piano.
Several of Wishart’s pedagogical works for piano solo have been repertoire selections for the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival and are available through Conners Publications (ALMEI@aol.com).
Wishart has received awards from American Pen Women, American College of Musicians, Composers Guild, Delta Omicron, ASCAP, and 2009 and 2015 Regional Artist Project Support Grants from the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council. She has also been credited in numerous publications including Who’s Who in Music and Musicians, Foremost Women of the 20th Century, World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of American Women, Two Thousand Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century, and Who’s Who in America.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES OF MUSIC BY WISHART
May 9 Spring Serenade, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, New York City
October 15 The Music of Betty Wishart. Queens University, Charlotte, NC
October 27 Music of Living Composers, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
November 15 Arts Now, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC