Heartstrings is a versatile and accomplished music duo. Nancy and Steve, both music educators, sing and play a variety of instruments. These two musicians produce a full band sound featuring acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, digital percussion and bass. Heartstrings plays a classic mix of Pop, Rock, Blues and New Country that is very entertaining to audiences both in the variety and music quality produced. They also love performing during the Christmas season and perform a wonderful mix of holiday favorites.
Steve and Nancy have been friends since high school where they first met singing together in the high school choir. They traveled together with the choir to Japan performing concerts throughout the country and were featured performers at the World’s Fair in Osaka.
Steve and Nancy formed Heartstrings on Camano Island during the spring of 2015. It did not take long to discover that their collective music talent and prior musical experiences greatly enhanced what they could accomplish as a music duo. Each brought unique music skills and gifting that complemented one another significantly. The blending of their voices and combined instrumental music skills enable them to recreate the passion and energy found in many of the great pop, rock, and new country songs of our time. They have a great time when they perform and have grown stronger as music artists as a result of working together.
Nancy majored in music at the University of Washington and put herself through college by performing as a solo artist singing and playing guitar and piano in restaurant lounges and ski resorts. She has been a member of many rock and country bands, performing throughout the country. Her vocal training includes private lessons and years of experience in choral groups. She found her life’s passion in music at a young age and has performed on stage, playing guitar and singing ever since.
Nancy has been instructing private and group guitar lessons for almost 20 years. In addition to performing with Heartstrings, she currently teaches acoustic guitar on Camano Island.
Steve studied music at the University of Puget Sound and Green River Community College prior to earning bachelor and master of arts degrees in music education at the University of Washington. Additionally, Steve holds a doctorate in worship studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
Steve taught Choir, Guitar and General Music in public schools and at the college level for over 25 years. During this time he worked with many fine singers and successfully taught over 500 students to play guitar.
Steve has also worked extensively in music technology sales and education and has performed as a singer, guitarist and pianist with many outstanding musicians and contemporary music groups.