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Nancy: Bio


Playing music has always been a personal escape for me. At one time practicing was an escape from chores ... but has now evolved into a personal escape twisted with a intimate renewal.

Starting with the ol upright piano, mix in a guitar, add volume with a pipe organ and you end up with a mix of lessons throughout my youth.

Skip a few years and I was back at the piano, not just learning it for myself but teaching it as well. I'm not sure who learned more, the students or me! The teachers I had at this point were very instrumental in forming not just music appreciation, but life lessons as well. I've never met a piano teacher who isn't ready to talk shop/ life lessons. This piano path certainly led me to wonderful people along the way.

Now, just a few years later, my journey has brought along a mandolin and a harp. The harp has certainly brought many new experiences, new people, and a new personal escape for me. Even with some 30 years of piano, I'm asked to play that harp much more often. That practice/escape time has now gotten me a Prairie Lakes Emerging Artist Grant in 2009. For this great gift I was able to study harp with Phala Tracy at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, MN. The harp has also gotten me into a couple local wineries - talk about a fun escape!

At this point in my life, the escape has turned into a passionate appreciation for learning the strings before me. Although I've never studied music in a college setting, my life studies and experiences have brought a deep excitement for my music direction. So through all the weddings, funerals, recitals, and lessons - both received and given - there is an unspoken connection to the wood and the strings connected to that wood that can not be broken. There is no escaping it.

"Love, Emotion, Beauty, Expression, Harmony, Communication, Spiritual, Natural, Vibrations. All Are Music."

From Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council:
"Nancy Eischen is a musician and she plays the piano, organ, mandolin, guitar and now a harp. She has privately studied piano, pipe organ and guitar. She currently plays organ and piano for church services, harp for open houses, stride piano for fun and mandolin in a family trio. She also farms with her husband and operates a vineyard. After countless years of practice and lessons, Nancy felt it was time to add yet another instrument and she acquired a Lyon & Healy Prelude 38 string harp. The artist grant was used to study harp and composition with Phala Tracy at Gustavus Adlophus College. Nancy's grant has inspired her to release a solo harp CD entitled "Simple Beginnings".