Nancy Lendrim has been Principal Harpist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 1980. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nancy was a student of renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux. Her studies included twelve summers with Chalifoux at the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.
A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Nancy has participated in several summer music festivals, including those in Breckenridge and Evergreen, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Bar Harbor, Maine and Graz, Austria. She has appeared frequently as a soloist with The Toledo Symphony on their Chamber, Mainly Mozart and Neighborhood Concert series. Recent appearances include a solo performance with the Akron Symphony, in a performance described as bringing "... a proficiency and professionalism to Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances and to Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. (Lendrim) raised the level of playing with her performance." She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Chamber performances across the United States have been highlighted by numerous world premiere performances, most recently in St. Louis and Norfolk.
Teaching has always been an important part of Nancy's career. She is an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Toledo and is on the faculty of Heidelberg in Tiffin, Ohio and the Saratoga Harp Colony. She was formerly on the faculty of the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and the Toledo School for the Arts. She has appeared as a performer, presenter and clinician at both regional and national harp conferences, and in 2002, performed at the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland as a member of both the Salzedo Harp Ensemble and the Salzedo Harp Duo. In 1997, she founded the Northwest Ohio Harp Week, and continues to serve as Co-Director of this music camp. She is also Director and Coach of the University of Toledo Harp Ensemble.
Offstage, Nancy maintains an active roster of private students, is President of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, and is a regular contributor and reviewer for The Harp Column magazine. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio with husband Roger Greive and sons Elliot and Oliver.