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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 living composers. I've sung solo on 3 continents...so far.

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

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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First Readings Project #11First Readings Project #11

Thursday, May 7, 2015. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hennepin Methodist Church 511 Groveland 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 also offers its servi [ ... ]

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UPDATE: Send these kids to the Biltmore!
UPDATE below! (Scroll all the way down.) My friend Alexis Kagel is a music teacher in North Carolina and her chorus, The Harmonics Chorus, has been invited to sing at the Biltmore Estate. Here are the children: And here's the estate: "Biltmore Estate" by JcPollock - Self-published work by JcPollock. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.   Pretty sweet digs, eh? The Biltmore Estate is also on the National Register of Historic Places, which is a wonderful place for kids to make music--it's interdisciplinary and an educational experience for them from any perspective. You may know that North Carolina is not so awesome at funding their schools and teacher salaries (if you don't know, here's a quick google search for you), which is the bump in the road here. The Harmonics Chorus needs just $150 to finish their Ind...
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Duke's Mistress

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*Gasp* Listening to Music Releases Dopamine!
What many of us know, science studies. Just to be sure, eh? ;-) And so many of us know that music makes you feel good--it buoys you on a rough day, comforts you when you need it, brings joy and celebration to any gathering from weddings to birthday parties and every college campus every Saturday night. Luckily, science has now discovered that this pleasure is for real... *everybody's astonished* (OK, sometimes I wonder at science, as if we need empirical evidence that music is good for us, but I'll continue, sarcasm aside.) Scientists have discovered that the pleasurable experience of listening to music--music so good it gives you chills--actually leads to a release of dopamine, which makes us feel good. The greater your emotional reaction and the more pleasurable your listening experience, the greater the amount of dopamine gets re...
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Girl Rising
Watch a Free Screening & Win Tickets to "Claiming the Sky"
Thursday, January 22, 7 p.m. Central Presbyterian Church, Downtown St. Paul FREE Ticket Give-aways and refreshments included! The documentary "Girl Rising" will be screened on the 22nd as a part of the "Claiming the Sky" concerts with VocalPoint Chorus. The screening is presented as a partnership of VocalPoint and The Advocates for Human Rights. From GirlRising.com: Girl Rising is a feature film, narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and others, that tells the stories of nine incredible girls across the globe. We are also a campaign and a community that believes investing in girls will bring about transformative change — for families, communities and nations. Using the power of storytelling and film, shared with and by people like you, we will spread the message that investing in girls benefits everyone. The movie ...
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Break the freaking rules.
The Work of Singing
Rule #1:  You have to be doing "big stuff" all the time. Rule #1 broken:  No, you don't. You need to be doing the real stuff--engaging with people, doing the best you can do on any given day. That's it. We don't *always* need to be doing the big concerts, having the "big career," which by the way, doesn't exist in the same form it did even 10 years ago. It's changed. New Rule:  Make your best art as often as is appropriate for you.   Rule #2:  You have to suffer to make art. Rule #2 broken:  Nobody actually likes a martyr. So quit beating yourself up for following rule #1 and taking crappy opportunities because you "need the money" or "maybe it'll lead to something else." You know what comes from low pay? More low pay. And more bills. And a reputation that you'll put up with a lot of crap. Don't contrib...
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