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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 Upcoming Performances

Seven Songs for Planet Earth

Olli Kortekangas:  Seven Songs for Planet Earth April 23, 2016 at 2 p.m.  


Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano Aaron Larson, baritone Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg College Peter Hendrickson, conductor


Central Lutheran Church

333 S 12th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55404


In English, this piece uses texts by Wendell Berry and St. Francis of Assisi. More details TBD as the date nears.


Read the Newest Blog Posts:

On hold until further notice...

This blog is on hold until further notice as I’m working on other projects right now. And making time for more fun!


So if you’d like to hear from me, sign up for my newsletter. I’ll still send it every couple of months and it’s great fun!


Speaking of fun, I’ll leave you with a couple of funny things my voice students have said:

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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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