Beyond Boundaries is a duo consisting of clarinetist, Jena Nahnsen and pianist, Jacob Metzler. Jena holds her Bachelor of Music at Iowa State University (2020) and now is pursuing a masters of music degree from University Of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Jacob holds his Bachelor of Music (2019) from Iowa State University and has been pursuing his Master of Music in piano performance at Western Illinois University since 2019.
The “charismatic” (Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association) duo got its start in March of 2017 after competing with each other in the Fort Dodge Concerto Competition. Quickly realizing that they shared many of the same aspirations in music and similar ways of thinking, they began dating and soon after started exploring possibilities in chamber music together.
Their focus has been bringing music to the communities in which they reside, including retirement villages, nursing homes, churches, community music organizations, and universities. They believe firmly in music’s ability to heal, inspire, and connect all people — most recently with programs focused on mindfulness of the environment and the people around us, and unity through exploration of folk music worldwide. Recently, they’ve been invited to be featured performers for the 2020-2021 Crawford County Arts Council Concert Series in Denison, Iowa.