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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

Summer nights - Les nuits d'été by Hector BerliozSummer nights - Les nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz

November 22 & 23, 2014 Mesabi Symphony Orchestra Sergey Bogza, conductor   November 22nd, 7:00 p.m. Chisholm High School Auditorium 301 4th Street SW Chrisholm, MN 55719     November 23rd, 2:30 p.m. Goodman Auditorium at Virginia High School 411 5th St. S Virginia, MN 55792    

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Sing-Along Messiah 2014!Sing-Along Messiah 2014!

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Come sing your heart out! Bring a Messiah score or get one there the day-of.
(Pssst! Communal singing is good for your health! Boost your immune system with us!) . Soprano:  TBA Alto:  Nicole Warner Tenor:  TBA Bass:  TBA Tom Ferry, conductor . Como Park Lutheran Church
1376 Hoyt Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55108 651-646-7127

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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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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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A Sitar and a Dead Boyfriend. by Daniel Pinkerton
Writer and Playwright Daniel Pinkerton writes: . Found a tiny notebook in a drawer with this entry, year unknown: "May 20 in Mpls. At bus stop, woman in dark glasses w/ curiously shaped instrument case. I ask her what it is. 'It's a sitar,' she replies with a faint British accent. 'It was my boyfriend's. I inherited it when he died.' We talk about sitar, microtones, tricky rhythms of Indian classical music. 'How long have you been playing sitar?' I ask. 'Not long,' she says. 'I was trained as a cello player at Eastman School of Music.' 'Are you going to keep up with the cello?' I ask. 'I can't,' she says. 'My boyfriend smashed it up. But now I have his sitar, so I'll play that.' We get off at the same stop. She says, 'Nice talking to you. Thanks,' in a way that makes me wonder if she talks to many people. I also wonder if the boy...
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Reflections on last weekend's Rossini

There are 3 things to say about last weekend's Rossini concert.

1. Rossini knew how to write for the voice.

It's an incredible understanding that he had for how a singer uses her instrument and how to really use bel canto style to create an expression, not just an idea of a phrase.

2. Relationships make it all happen.

Having a great relationship with the performing ensemble (in this case the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, WI) and having a great relationship with several audience members makes for a meaningful, memorable performance. It's another expression of our interconnectedness as human beings.

3. Anyone who tells you that singing doesn't use your entire body is full of hot air.

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