Nancy Haining Strand

Bothell High School Class of 1966

Accomplished Soprano Vocalist, Inspiring International Performer, Warmhearted Community Volunteer


Nancy Strand has had a calling for music her entire life. She caught the bug to perform when she sang a solo at a Kenmore Elementary assembly in third grade. She has been singing for audiences large and small ever since. An outstanding soprano vocalist, Strand felt a calling to use her vocal talent to minister to others. For 32 years, she has volunteered weekly at the Seattle VA Hospital singing for patients and performing a yearly Christmas concert. Strand and Seattleite Bob McGrath performed concerts at churches throughout the Northwest for 37 years. Soon they were performing internationally. After McGrath retired, Strand and two friends started the Best Friends Trio, singing for over 15 years throughout the Pacific Northwest and two trips to Japan. For 10 years, Strand sang in the Festival Singers Quartet, traveling around the West Coast and raising funds for a Christian conference center in Oregon. Strand is a recording artist, a recipient of several coveted music awards and has been featured on TV programs. She has been an inspirational speaker for women's groups and served as music director for women's retreats. In addition to sharing her musical gifts, she volunteers in the community. Strand is an organizer and participant with her husband, Al, in the Wall of Honor. When someone needs help, she will be the first to send a meal and comforting words. She has also helped with meals for the homeless at a local church. Her accomplishments are only eclipsed by her compassion, integrity and service to her community. Strand has spent her life sharing her gifts with others, hoping to help make the world a better place both on and off the stage.