It has been mentioned before how very fortunate Brookside Landing is to have so many people willing to come and share music with us. In the last few weeks we had an addition to the mix from Pullman, WA.
On Sept. 13, and again on Oct. 30, singer Nancy Grunewald and pianist Caroline Germain performed for residents and staff at Brookside Landing. While having performed extensively in the Palouse area, Spokane, and beyond, they had not concertized before in Orofino.
Their program the 13th was called “Plenty Good Room: Gospel Songs and Spirituals.” Several songs were familiar to the audience, who at times sang along.
The duo performs regularly at retirement communities and other venues in the region. Nancy has appeared as a soloist with the Palouse Choral Society (formerly Washington-Idaho Chorale—for which Caroline also accompanied). She also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for the opening of a championship baseball game of the NAIA in Lewiston.
Caroline and Nancy are committed Christians, and often include songs of faith, regardless of whether the program is of a classical nature, American standards, or show tunes. “Plenty Good Room” is one of their entirely gospel-centered programs, and includes songs written by Bill Gaither, some songs made famous by the great Mahalia Jackson, and several Negro Spirituals.
From a young age, Nancy had a desire to sing, and joined her first choir at age eight. She started developing her gift further in high school and then attended WSU, graduating with a degree in vocal performance. After many years of setting this aspect of her life on the shelf, she heard the call to bring it down, dust it off, and start performing again.
One of the great blessings in her life was finding the accomplished accompanist Caroline Germain available and willing to collaborate with her. They have become best friends and colleagues through the 14 years they’ve made music together. They truly delight in bringing beautiful, memorable, and meaningful music to audiences.
Caroline has had a lifelong career as an accompanist, beginning at age seven. She attended WSU to study piano, then moved to Portland where she accompanied the Portland Opera and a private voice studio (among other entities), and served as organist at a prominent church.
After marriage, she moved back to the Palouse region, where she raised four children, continued accompanying musicians, and taught piano to many students through the years. She has retired from teaching, lives on a farmstead northwest of Pullman, and loves the rural life!
These articles are a way for Brookside Landing to show our appreciation for our musical guests. We are very fortunate to have many talented folks sharing their wonderful talents with us.