Betty Wishart’ began composing while studying piano with Richard Bunger. After earning degrees in piano performance from Queens College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she pursued studies in both piano and composition in New York City. Since her music was first published in 1974, her music has been performed in France, Greece, Italy, England, Russia, South Korea, and throughout the United States at diverse venues including Academia Filarmonica di Bologna (Italy), International Composers Symposiums (France), Women Composers Festival of Hartford (CT), Cape Fear New Music Festival (NC), Carmichael Hall (Washington, DC), University of California (Los Angeles and Santa Barbara), Third, Scots & Mariners Church (Philadelphia, PA), Third Street Music Settlement School (NYC), San Jose State University (CA), University of Alabama, American Swedish Institute, Music of American Women (NYC), Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame (WI), Tenri Institute (NYC), Temple University, and conferences of Delta Omicron, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers’ League, Florida Music Teachers Association, and the National Association of Composers, USA. She has received awards from the American Pen Women, American College of Musicians, Composers Guild, Broward County Music Teachers Association, ASCAPlus, and Regional Artist Project Grants from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.
In March 2016 Ravello Records released Piano Sonorities, an album of Wishart’s music performed by pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi. …”an utterly beguiling collection of piano music (Classical Nowhere). In May 2017 Wishart’s Navona Records releasedConcertante No.1….Journey into the Unknown …”It is music of ponderous mystery, bounding across our listening space with great grace..” (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music Review). Two of her pieces were also included on flautist Iwona Glinka’s ONE MINUTE recording released by Sarton Records in March 2017.
American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
National Association of Composers, USA
Southeastern Composers’ League
Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers
International Alliance for Women in Music
Society of Composers,Inc.