Nancy Naden Brownstein has been performing music professionally since 1971. She studied piano at Peabody Conservatory's preparatory school for eight years while growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1972, with a major in piano and a minor in voice.
Nancy's first professional performance was while attending college, singing at "happy hour" at the Cave Restaurant in Washington, DC. Following graduation from college, she sang on the Autotrain in the nightclub car. Nancy accompanied herself on piano and guitar. Many musical "gigs" followed, including performing at Steak and Ale/Jolly Ox, Washington Marriott, Ramada Inn Rockville, Holiday Inn in Daytona Beach, Florida, and the Baltimore Hilton's piano bar.
Nancy's most exciting job was working at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. While performing there in 1982, Stevie Wonder (who was staying at the Shoreham) joined her at the piano one evening to entertain the patrons (see Stevie Wonder and Nancy on the website Photo Gallery.)
For the past several years, Nancy has focused her musical talents predominantly in the area of event entertainment playing piano at Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Anniversary and Birthday Parties, Office and Corporate Events. 2015 has seen Nancy entering the field of elder entertainment, playing solo piano at various assisted living facilities (see "Elder Entertainment"). Her diverse repertoire is extremely appealing. Songs include old and new standards, classical (Chopin and Rachmaninoff are her favorites), top 40, show tunes, and standard Jewish songs.
Nancy also teaches piano and voice to both children and adults. In addition, she contracts out teachers for home music lessons in piano, violin, and guitar.