Nanci Flesher

Nanci Flesher loves music. It is evident in her work with the Moab Strings Program though the BEACON Afterschool program and private music students. One of the reasons she loves Moab is the hugs she receives at the grocery store.

1) What initially brought you to Moab?

My husband brought me here to build our “retirement” house.

2) What do you love most about living in Moab?

I love this small town. It is so fun to have little kids, from school, run up to me for a hug, in the grocery store. It is just really nice to actually know people’s names.

3) What do you dislike about living in Moab?

The lack of actual shopping. I’ve gotten really good with Amazon Prime and Zappos Prime, no shipping costs and here in 48 hours. I do try to support the local businesses as much as possible. I got a cool e-reader, from Andy, at Back of Beyond Books. I can order digital books right from his store.

4) What is your occupation?

I am a not-so-retired public school music teacher. I work part-time for the BEACON program and am the musical director of the BEACON Moab Strings Program.

5) If you could have any job in the world, what would you most like to do?

Pretty much what I’m doing now. I’ve always been a teacher, and, teaching in a small town like Moab is just so fun! It is really is much more rewarding teaching in a small town, where you have a much closer relationship to kids and parents.

6) Describe a typical day in your life.

I like getting up and stay in the jammies for awhile. But, even though I am retired, my days are pretty packed with music stuff. I have several private students and, even though it’s summer, I have a lot to do getting ready for the 2014 Moab String Program. I also direct music ministry for St. Pius.

7) Some people have bumper stickers on their car that reads: I’d Rather be Sailing. What would your bumper sticker read?

I’d Rather Be…keep on doing what I’m doing.

8) Tell us one thing people don’t usually know about you.

I come from a huge family. Out of fourteen children, I’m No. 6 child, No. 4 daughter.

9) In high school, you would have been considered the person most likely to…

Still be in the Choir Room.

10) What is your favorite Moab activity?

I like hiking, but my husband just got me into rock crawling with him. Of course, I don’t drive the truck.

11) Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit.

I’ve traveled a lot. But, as I am older now, it is a tie between my birth home, Topeka, where the majority of my siblings are, and Colorado Springs, where our sons live. New York and Paris are also right in there with Topeka and the Springs!

12) What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?

I think anyone’s greatest achievement should simply be making positive impacts on other people every day. Mine is through music. For me, nothing is better than helping a young person become a musician and own their music.

13) If you were President, what’s the first thing you’d do to make life better in America? Truly, we have to work to improve education for everyone. We have to commit to pay for QUALITY education, in this country, for ALL children.

14) What superhero power would you most like to have?

I would fly (without an airplane).

15) If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why?

I would be an Eagle, because I would be a bird. I would also want to be at the top of the avian food chain.

16) What is your all time favorite movie?

Three: “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Christmas Story”, and the black and white, Alistair Simm “Christmas Carol”.

17) And, your all time favorite book?

“To Kill a Mockingbird”.

18) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three CDs would you want to have with you?

CD compilations of multi-genres/artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Carole King, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, U-2, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Placido Domingo and at least 100 others.

19) If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

My siblings. They are wonderful, though, some of them are pretty challenging to be around. And, the reason why is because, if you can have loving, positive relationships with your kin, then you should be able to do the same with other folks.

20) What is your life philosophy? My dad is passed, but, I echo his philosophy.

In this world that is so troubled and filled with hate, “I choose love”. At the least, that is what I am trying to do.

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