Nancy P. Marriott

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Nancy Peery Marriott is a lyric soprano, artist, and philanthropist. She is married to Dick Marriott, chairman of Host Hotels & Resorts.

She was born in Palo Alto, California, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Utah. She pursued vocal studies at The Longy School of Music in Boston. She has expanded her love of opera through master classes with Renee Fleming and Marlena Malas. She has continued further vocal development with the University of Maryland Opera Department and intensive opera studies the the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, as well as the Alaska Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska; the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy; and the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Austria.

She has performed at The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, Strathmore Hall, National Theatre, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Constitution Hall, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a live international broadcast, in numerous leading roles with the Washington Savoyards and at local embassies. She has participated in the ArtsNaples (Florida) World Festival, Opera International’s Gala Concert, and with the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra, Heifetz International Music Institute, the Great Waters Festival Orchestra, National Chamber Ensemble and Ballet West, as well as 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.

She is also a skilled artist and has exhibited her stylistic landscapes in the Washington metropolitan area and New England.

Nancy is a past member of the boards of the Washington Performing Arts Society and the National Symphony Orchestra, and is presently serving on the board of First Media Corporation and several foundations. 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 devoted much of her time to the rearing of her four daughters. With her husband, she founded The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation and The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation. She has also endowed the Nancy P. Marriott Steinway Scholarship at Utah Valley University.

She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.