Nancy, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was fortunate in that as a child she was exposed to some of the finest music in the country. She’s from a family of musicians who have performed with all of the “Big Bands” and the musical greats that made American history with their music.
At the young age of 12, Nancy was with the world renowned Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. As a classically trained violist, she attended West Virginia University School of Music and continued her education and performance at St. Louis University.
Nancy performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and many other chamber groups over the years. She has done considerable studio work as an instrumentalist and as a vocalist, recordings at Capitol Records, commercials and voice-overs.
As an entrepreneur Nancy is the owner of the legendary trademarks of The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductee, The Pied Pipers. Since the early 1990’s Nancy has performed with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra as their featured vocalist until her recent retirement. Over the decades, Nancy has also performed with the Tex Beneke Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Symphony Orchestras and many others.
Nancy has shared the stage with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Toni Tennile, Bobby Rydell, Jack Jones, Shirley Jones, Hal Linden, Doc Severinsen, The Four Aces, The Letterman and The Manhattan Transfer, just to name a few. She was also featured on a PBS Television Special entitled, “Those Fabulous Forties”.
In addition to Nancy’s varied talents she is a very astute business woman with a flair for interior decorating. These skills have been instrumental in fulfilling her newly acquired dream of opening a traditional English Tea Room. Her English heritage and background coupled with her visiting tea rooms throughout the country have served as her inspiration for The Old Mill English Tea Room.
Nancy’s beloved Aunt Doris whom she affectionately referred to as “The Queen”, shared Nancy’s dream of opening a true English Tea Room. Our Queen Doris is ever present in the house with a room dedicated to her, featuring a family heirloom (110 year old) brass bed. Many Royal Family keepsake items are displayed in the curio.