Stephen Fancher, Associate Conductor
Stephen Fancher began playing piano at a very early age. Originally from central Connecticut, Stephen earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Connecticut in 1999. He pursued his Masters of Music in piano performance at Trinity College of Music in London, England where he played in many competitions and recitals including a recital at the famous church at St. Martin in the Fields. Returning to the United States he continued his studies at the Conservatory at SUNY Purchase and was active as collaborative pianist and recitalist. After college he worked as a teacher and music director for St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Chappaqua, NY where he led a very exciting choral music program. His passion for teaching led him to teach at Julia A. Stark Elementary School as general music and choral instructor for eight years where he was awarded Stamford Connecticut’s teacher of the year in 2012.
Stephen lives with his wife, Michelle and their two daughters Piper and Sofie in Sarasota, Fl. He is very active in the arts community in Sarasota.
Nancy Yost Olson, Accompanist
Nancy Yost Olson spent more than 32 years as a choral conductor, church organist, and recitalist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Minnesota. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College (now part of Rider University) where she majored in Organ Performance and sang in their Symphonic Choir. Nancy has studied organ with Donald McDonald, George Markey and Alexander McCurdy; she is a former finalist in the AGO National Organ Competition and has also done extensive advanced studies in choral conducting. She has been playing piano since the age of two.
After moving to Florida in 2001 Nancy reestablished an old love for piano accompanying. She frequently collaborates with singers and choral groups in the Southwest Florida area and has accompanied Gloria Musicae (now Choral Artists of Sarasota), Belle Canto and others. Nancy is in her 10th season as rehearsal and performance accompanist for Key Chorale. She has accompanied the Chorale on two European tours and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. and with them recorded two CDs, taped a documentary and premiered many new choral works. Nancy recently completed three terms with Key Chorale’s Board of Directors and is a former singing member and Soprano Section Leader of the organization.