Nancy Granert was born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago. She began studying the piano in the second grade, and added the organ in the eighth grade. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a B.M., studying organ with Garth Peacock, and harpsichord with David Boe and William Porter. In 1976, she received the M.M. from New England Conservatory, studying with Yuko Hayashi.
Nancy served as associate university organist and choir director at Harvard’s Memorial Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as organist at Emmanuel Church in Boston. She also served as organist at two synagogues in Boston, Temple Sinai and Central Reform Temple of Boston. While at Harvard, she toured with the University Choir as their accompanist and is heard on several of their early recordings. She spent three summers in Spain pursuing scholarly studies of early Spanish organs and organ music with Montserrat Torrent of Barcelona. She is well-known as a recitalist and teacher. During her 17 years at Emmanuel Church, she stayed on at Memorial Church as their financial director, until she retired in 2015.
Nancy moved to Albuquerque in 2015, and loves the wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery, and friendly people here. Her interests include Zentangles (a form of meditative drawing,) and beadwork. She is currently the organist at St. Luke Lutheran Church here in Albuquerque, plays occasionally at Temple B’Nai Israel and Temple Albert, and is serving as Dean of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.