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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

First Readings Project #9First Readings Project #9

Thursday, January 15, 2015. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Plymouth Congregational Church, Guild Hall 1900 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403   Stay tuned for announcements regarding compositions selected for the 2014-2015 season! The First Readings Project is a professional chamber choir founded to assist composers in the development of new music for vocal ensemble.The group presents a series of public readings of new works and works-in-progress, and [ ... ]

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Claiming the Sky:  Voices of Phenomenal WomenClaiming the Sky: Voices of Phenomenal Women

February 7, 2015 at 4 p.m. February 8, 2015 at 4 p.m. VocalPoint Chorus Jennifer Anderson, Artistic Director & Conductor .   Vocalpoint's 2015 Concerts support the work of The Advocates for Human Rights, specifically their work on behalf of women both locally and around the globe.  Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world today. Working to combat this grave human rights  [ ... ]

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St. John Passion - J. S. Bach 2015St. John Passion - J. S. Bach 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:30 p.m. pre-concert talk 7:30 p.m. performance   Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Avenue St. Paul, MN   Sunday, March 15 2:00 p.m. pre-concert talk 3:00 p.m. performance Central Lutheran Church 259 W Wabasha St. Winona, MN . William Hite, Evangelist Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano Nicole Warner, alto Roy Heilman, tenor Jon Ten Brink, bass Bach Society Chorus & Orchestra [ ... ]

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Give it a rest.
It's time...to take a break. 2014 has been quite a journey. This year I've: finished and announced this new website traveled to Patagonia (Chile), Oregon, Milwaukee, and Virginia, MN (yeah, you know it's awesome up there) started my own voice studio started teaching in the after-school programs at one high school and soon will teach in another sang my first World Premiere sang "Les Nuits d'été" for the first time rehearsed "Jesu, meine Freude" with my friends' infant cooing on my lap (that's a career highlight, by the way) sang the German National Anthem for the first time Not to mention blogging for the entire month of August, sending Nicole's Notes monthly, adjudicating Solo & Ensemble a few times, a few big changes in my own life, and keeping up with it all. So I'm calling it a year for Open Intervals; I'm done blo...
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Don't Save Your Thanks for the Acceptance Speech
Wouldn't it be awesome to stand up in front of thousands of people in a packed hall and give an amazing speech saying thank you to everyone who has affected your life and career? And for it to be televised? And then jet off to your next destination, ready to take the stage, film the scene, give the next lecture. That would be SO COOL. Just like it would be SO COOL to win a big award like a Grammy. And then people start calling YOU. That would be so awesome. And it most surely is so awesome to be one of "those people" who gets to stand up there in a designer gown, hair coiffed, wearing jewelry so expensive it requires its own security team... ...it's an awesome dream. Dreams keep us fueled, dreams keep us motivated, dreams are what we strive for. Sometimes we see glimpses of dreams in our work, and we find they are anything but ...
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Singing = Roaming

I'm off roaming around the north woods of Minnesota this week; I'm singing some Berlioz up in Virginia and Chisholm, Minnesota. It's been a long time since I've been up in that part of Minnesota, well over 10 years. So wish me luck that it doesn't snow too much!

If it does snow a lot, I won't be returning right away, I'm going to head off to Ibiza, Spain to the Cafe del Mar so I can get out of the snow.

OK, well, maybe not, but I can at least listen to it and dream of being on a beach...in Spain...with an adult beverage in my hand.

If you're already dreaming of getting away this winter, here's something for you:



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3 Thoughts on Nov. 13, 2014
Thought 1: One of my voice students is a senior and is looking at studying music or education. I'm always encouraging of students to go for what they love, especially when they have the drive to do a particular thing, be it music, education, biology, PR, whathaveyou. But what it really boils down to is this:  I don't care what my voice student decides to do with music, as long as music is a part of the rest of her life. I don't care what form it is--if she decides to go the route of the big career, a hybrid teaching & singing career, or singing in a choir. I really don't care what form she gives to music later in her life, I only care that music is always a part of her life. Music is a barometer of quality of life. For if we do not have music and quality entertainment, what do we have? Work and chores, that is all. All w...
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How to Write a Last-Minute Application
The Work of Singing
To accomplish this major feat, you need to know a few things. Because learning this shouldn’t take longer than the actual application, here it is short, sweet, and to the point. 1.    Decide if it’s really worth it.Sit down, and for five minutes think about what this application could lead to—what are the possibilities? If it’s worth a lot later, then it’s definitely worth a few hours of intense work right now. If you don’t care very much, then don’t do it. You’ll only be annoyed with yourself later if you simply think you “should.” 2.    Write a list of everything that needs to be done AND a second list of what needs to go in the envelope. Use brightly colored paper, as chances are everything else will be on white paper. To keep things organized, you can keep this checklist paper-clipped to the “completed...
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