In 1994 Nancy Wales was hired as the Director of Music at Hosanna. Previous to holding his position she fulfilled other roles in this congregation. Nancy started the third-sixth grade choir in 1990 and the junior high choir in 1992. She was the director for each of these groups for several years. In 1992 Nancy became one of the organists for Hosanna and continues as a substitute organist whenever needed now. Beginning in 1993 she began directing Christian musicals for Hosanna which have included people of all ages. As Director of Music she is the administrator of the entire music department, she is the director of the Senior Choir, and she consults with the pastors in regards to the congregational music in the services.
Nancy graduated from the University of Kansas at Lawrence with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree. She has received Orff-Schulwerk Certification in Levels I, II, and III from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has presented seven mini- workshops to professional music educators and early childhood educators. She is a member of The Choristers Guild and the Rochester area chapter, the American Guild of Organists and the SE Minnesota chapter, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Orff-Schulserk Association.
Nancy was employed as an elementary general music teacher and a secondary vocal music teacher for a total of 14 years in three different public schools in Iowa and Minnesota. She has taught students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. In a Lutheran church in Iowa she was an organist, the Senior Choir director, and a youth choir director. In her past experience, Nancy has worked as a private voice, piano, flute,and guitar teacher. For eleven years she was employed as the music director for a high school summer theatre. She has been director, vocal music coach, accompanist, choreographer, and/or actor in over 35 musicals and theatre productions in public schools, community theatres, and churches.
Nancy is married to Rich who works at IBM and they have two daughters, Alicia and Marissa.