Welcome to NicoleWarner.com!

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 Upcoming Performances

Recital:  November 22, 2015

Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving November 22, 2015 Duluth, MN Invitation-Only event to benefit the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Sing-Along Messiah at Como Park Lutheran Church

December 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.


Bring your own Messiah score or buy one there the day-of!


Soprano:  TBA

Alto:  Nicole Warner

Tenor:  TBA

Bass:  TBA

Tom Ferry, Music Director


Como Park Lutheran Church

1376 Hoyt Ave. W

St. Paul, MN 55108

Christmas:  Vivaldi & Cornelius

Antonio Vivaldi:  Gloria Peter Cornelius:  from Weihnachtslieder, Opus 8 More TBA Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 4 p.m.


Teresa Tierney, soprano Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano Nativity Episcopal Choir Margaret Humphrey, violin And more members of the Twin Cities music scene! David Ostenso Moore, conductor


This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, but the effects of getting into the true Christmas spirit [ ... ]


Read the Newest Blog Posts:

Kodaly Hand Signals
Solfege Beyonce...with hand signs

Solfege is *awesome* and these students are solfegging using the Curwen hand signs...this is true music geekdom--and totally awesome.

Found on this Pinterest board.

Here are the Curwen hand signs, with fantastic descriptions of the ways the notes sound:

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OK, OK, it was 4 months, not 2...

I really only mean to take 2 months off blogging...and somehow it turned into 4! That's what they all say, right?!

Well, I discovered I like breaking the rules. More than I initially thought.

Because once I didn't blog here for 2 months, I discovered that I had some time to think. About more rules. And how I could break said rules.

And then I broke them.

It was good for my soul. Not because I was being naughty, oh no, but because I was doing what was right.

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Breaking 1 more rule...

Greetings, dear readers!

At the beginning of this year, I suggested you break the freaking rules and that is precisely what I am doing this summer.

Rule:  I must blog regularly.

Broken rule:  I'm taking 2 months off from blogging...

This is my last blog post for a while as I'm now off to the Oregon Bach Festival and then taking part in a seminar for online teaching (for teaching German online, my "day job.") I've carved out serious time for this seminar, which I've had my eye on for months, so that means I have to adjust the rest of my schedule.

Oh! There it is...I broke the rule. ;)

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Why I Love Singing at Funerals
The Work of Singing
I love singing at funerals. And I don't care if anyone thinks it's weird. I love singing at funerals. It's probably the most human and the most humane thing anyone can do, to sing to those who are grieving. Funerals are for the living. In a high school a student two years younger than my class died in a tragic accident; it was a horrible event and shocked our small town.The high school choir sang and I was so mad because I didn't want to go--I knew I'd cry through the whole service and I thought that would be so embarrassing. My dad advised me, "Funerals are for the living. They're for the families and for the friends to say good-bye." Although it was difficult, we all made it through the funeral and we were able to transition from the initial shock into some kind of acceptance. Since funerals are for the living, now when I show u...
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Packing in the Season...and Previewing 2015-2016!
As you've probably read on this blog, I'm a big fan of looking backward and looking forward to gain a new perspective and to shift gears for the future. And since I'm big into walking my talk, here's my short run-down of the 2014-2015 season: Party Music! was a wonderful way to kick off the season with Bach's "Lobet den Herrn" and Handel's "Water Music." Sometimes it doesn't matter if a cold hits you the weekend of a concert, you gotta just do it. Singing the German National Anthem for the first time was an honor and I look forward to singing more anthems in the future! Some things are unbelievable, like singing the Rossini "Petite Messe Solennelle" one weekend, another choral concert the next weekend, and then some Purcell a few weeks later, followed by Berlioz "Les nuits d'été" the next weekend. I can't really recommend this kind o...
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