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Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano

 Hi, I'm Nicole Warner, a professional, classical mezzo-soprano.

I sing everything from Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Handel's Messiah to brand new works from composers in the Twin Cities area.

Here you will find:

+ concert announcements

+ my weekly blog Open Intervals

+ pictures of concert tours and a few epic throwbacks

+ audio and video in the Media Room and

+ my monthly eNewsletter Nicole's Notes

Music is meant to be a part of our everyday lives--it marks the transitions, the special occasions, brings meaning to our gatherings, entertains and comforts us. It's an honor to share these experiences with you!

 

 

 

Nicole's Next Performances

Germany Day of Unity, October 3, 2014Germany Day of Unity, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014 Star-Spangled Banner & Das Deutschland Lied Private Event . I love to sing anthems! For more information or to hire me for your event, please click on "Contact" and send me an email. I look forward to singing for you!

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Petite Messe Solennelle - G. RossiniPetite Messe Solennelle - G. Rossini

October 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Tracey Engleman, soprano Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano Luke Grooms, tenor Jeffrey Ray, bass Bel Canto Chorus Richard Hynson, conductor   Order your tickets here.   Watermark at Shully's 146 Green Bay Rd Thiensville, WI 53092   Gioacchino Rossini (pictured above) wrote the Petite Messe Solennelle (Small solemn mass) in 1863 as a salon piece for two pianos and harmonium, calling for only 12  [ ... ]

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"America Sings" with the Masterworks Chorale

America Sings Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg College Peter Hendrickson, conductor Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano Masterworks Chamber Orchestra Admission is Free of Charge (a free will offering will be taken) . Come hear me sing REALLY HIGH! I'll be singing the solo in Psalm XXIII, which features a high a-flat! Plus, "Stay with Us" is a gorgeous piece of music and I sang in its premiere waaaay back in 19 [ ... ]

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MinnesotaSings!
A Quick Note About Minnesota Sings!
News
Yesterday I had the pleasure and honor of being 1 of 4 adjudicators for the 2014 Minnesota Sings! competition. 50 singers from all around Minnesota came to present their best singing and watch other performers compete. They were divided into 5 rounds and from those 5 rounds, 15 finalists were sent to the Grand Finale. 5 winners were chosen of those 15 and let me tell you, those decisions were brutal. It was truly remarkable--remarkable singing, excitement, work, passion, art. One of the COOLEST, BEST parts is that there were ALL kinds of music represented, from Music-Theater to Opera to Christian Pop to Original Songs to Country. It was a true representation of the fantastic music-making that goes on all over Minnesota every day. Congratulations to all of the 2014 singers--competitors for a day, singers for life. I heard SO MUCH excell...
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Intuition 3: Shielding. What's Woo-Woo and What (Actually) Works
The Work of Singing
Shielding is the second part of the esoteric practices grounding & shielding. Shielding is usually presented as a visualization exercise that's meant to protect you from anything ever. Perhaps something like this: Imagine your aura (the energetic substance surrounding your body) as a bubble extending 6 feet above you, 6 feet below you, 6 feet in every direction. It's only your energy, your energy is clear, and no one else's energy affects your aura. That's all well and good, but when you really need to protect yourself, you need more than a visualization exercise--you need boundaries and you need to assert them. Which can be hard if you're not clear on what those are and how it feels to have healthy boundaries and how it feels to assert one's self. Musicians are incredibly sensitive people. We pick up on subtle body language cues, ...
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Intuition 2: Grounding. The Woo-Woo & The Practical
The Work of Singing
In esoteric, "woo-woo" practices there are two common concepts:  grounding and shielding. The opposites are "ungrounded" and "unshielded," or "too open." Because not all of us are real woo-woo, but practical, here is a very practical definition for these concepts, we could call grounding the process of being calm and centered in your body and in your life. And shielding we could call the process of being self-protective and assertive. These are really two ways of being aware of what's going on in you (grounding) and what's going on around you (shielding). Today we're talking about grounding. (Shielding is the next installment.) Grounding is essential to honing your instincts. If you are calm and centered, you will be able to listen to your gut instincts more clearly. So here's to getting clear and grounded. Grounding & Being (U...
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#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft
Life
I'm only partially departing from the September theme of Intuition today because the two hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft have gone viral. In the wake of the NFL player who punched his wife unconscious in an elevator, abused women and men have come out full-force to help others understand why it is so hard for us to leave, what keeps us there, and how public perception needs to change. I've added a new section to my Personal page, explaining #WhyIStayed and also #WhyILeft. Click here to go there and read it. What kept me safe for such a long time in an abusive relationship was my intuition. I knew how to deal with him, how to survive each fight, I knew exactly what kind of evening it was going to be when he walked in the door from work. Any survivor of an abusive relationship will tell you what a certain lift of an eyebrow can mean, w...
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Intuition 1: Your Instincts
The Work of Singing
Some people claim they are not intuitive. I disagree. If you have ever had a gut feeling, you have intuition. And since pretty much everyone has had a gut feeling, pretty much everyone is intuitive. Musicians are particularly intuitive. Think of how we communicate with our bodies and our facial expression in rehearsal and performing. It's not so convenient to talk while you're rehearsing, however you can move your body slightly or change the way your breath is moving to create a dramatic tone which your musical partner responds to with elan. Some of it is seen, some of it is heard, and some of it is pure sense. Think of chamber musicians sensing their group members' guidance through the slightest raise of an eyebrow. Or purely through feeling. Hold on it's gonna get a little woo-woo up in here. Feeling is the focus today. Musicians f...
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