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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!

 

 

 

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Breaking 1 more rule...
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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!
Singing
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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Tonight: First Readings Project #11 and next season...
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Tonight we are singing the First Readings Project's 11th project. 11! It's the final event of our 3rd season and it's wonderful to see how this project has developed over the past few years. Check out the First Readings Project's Sound Cloud collection--it's really quite something.

If you are a composer, be sure to send in your materials for the 2015-2016 season!

Looking for a place to put a few dollars? The First Readings Project is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to bring you even easier access to new works, a searchable database, and ensuring its long-term success.

I donated. Won't you?

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Routine in the Voice Studio
Teaching
Having a general, predictable routine in the voice studio is part of what I call the "culture of a voice studio." When students start taking lessons from you, whether it is your private studio or at a school, they need to learn how your studio functions--they want to know what they can predict. Having a general structure to lessons creates a sense of security for you and your students and avoids chaos. Over this past school year I've implemented a beginning-of-lesson-routine that has helped many students focus and relax when they enter their lessons--they take 3 slow, deep breaths before we do anything else. There are always a few students who try to rush through these breaths, and I have them start over and take slower breaths. These 3 breaths serve multiple purposes: 1. The student turns off the outside world and turns on to their vo...
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