Nanci Severance

Nanci Severance
Viola
Member since 1982
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Musical influence:
My father plays the piano, and my mother sang, so there was always classical music in the house. They had a recording of the Bach Cello Suites with Lillian Fuchs on viola, and to me it was a novelty—not only that there could be a solo viola recording, but that a woman was the viola soloist. I heard that recording and realized that I could have a career in music.

Interests:
My mother is a wonderful cook and baker and she inspires me to bake. I also love to cook Italian food. When I was twenty-two, I got into the Spoleto Festival and went to Italy for the first time. Whenever we tour to Europe I try to go to Italy afterwards; on past tours I’ve been to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and Florence. I love the culture, the food, the art, and the architecture.

On being in the Orchestra:
It’s a real treat to play in this superb orchestra. One of the great things about being in the Orchestra is that along with the amazing support in the community that we have, there are a lot of opportunities to play chamber music with my wonderful colleagues.

Recent reading:
Very much enjoyed Armistead Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn and the Stieg Larsson books, and I will read anything by Jonathan Franzen. There are so many books and there is so little time to read them all!