Nancy Washeim, soprano

Nancy Washeim, well-known to Sooke and Victoria audiences, will be singing in the Bach Christmas Oratorio (second part) this year. Concerts take place on 5 and 6 December.Nancy WalsheimSince coming here , Nancy has sung four Messiahs with us She has also sung Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, and the soprano solo in the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass.

She is a regular participant in the popular early-music concerts in Sooke organized annually by Mary Brown, and, of course, has made frequent appearances in Victoria.

Nancy hails from Brampton, Ontario. In 2002 she moved to Langford with her husband, who had accepted the post of minister at Redeemer Lutheran Church. In 2008 she and her husband made the move to Sooke.

Between her time in Brampton and her arrival in Langford (and Sooke), she lived in various places, from Edmonton (her undergraduate degree) to Montreal (she did her M. Mus. in vocal performance at McGill to Cambridge, England, to Regina.

In Edmonton she met Norman Nelson, when she was singing Haydn with the Academy Strings, his university chamber orchestra.

As a child, Nancy took piano lessons, then got her start singing in a choir at her church. In high school she was part of a traveling music team (“We had a lot of fun!”), which performed contemporary Christian music for younger audiences. The team’s techie and bus driver was a young man named Phil Washeim.

Nancy is now the mother of a girl and boy, aged 7 and 5, who are both learning violin. She has a studio in Sooke and enjoys teaching mature students as well as the younger set.

Baroque is the music Nancy loves and her voice is perfect for the music of this era and earlier.

She says that when she and her husband moved out here, she landed in the perfect place to hone her music skills and gain confidence as a performer, and she feels that her carreer is now ready to take off beyond the Island.

Watch out, early music world!

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