Blog: Open Intervals
We sing Bach because of a pandemic.
We sing Bach in spite of a pandemic.
The Thüringer Bachwochen did a LOT of work in a very short amount of time and released a video of 160 singers singing a Bach chorale with Helmuth Rilling.
Bach singers from around the world took part - it was delightful to see all the different people I've worked with in Germany, Chile, and the U.S. singing along.
The list of countries of the singers who participated is at the end of this video. It's quite a long list!…
Happy Holidays from me to you!
I hope you can find a moment of quiet, a moment of stillness.
A moment free from the burden of this year.
A moment filled with a deep breath or a beautiful sight, a song that brings calm to your heart.
A moment of expansion, a moment of ease.
And to us all a better 2021.
This one good thing happened yesterday.
This year at GermanWithNicole.com I started a new community for German learners. It's called "die gute Stube," named for cozy, down-home restaurants in Germany. It's a cozy, comfortable place for people to hang out, practice some German, and build their connections with other German learners.
Twice a month we have a Plauderstündchen, a time to chat. We hang out and chat about whatever for 45 minutes and I provide language assistance.
For one moment yest…
For Advent the Elm Ensemble recorded "Comfort, Comfort Now My People."
The recording is now up on YouTube.
I hope you enjoy it! It was really fun making this recording.
Recording from home is sometimes a challenge.
My particular challenge is the volume coming from and the length of time it takes my fridge to run.
Seriously, my fridge is running. And when it runs it prevents me from recording, so I have to get creative.
It really doesn't matter how long it takes me to record a piece like this, I do a couple of takes and sometimes I have to stop.
Stop in the middle to cry.
Stop between takes to pull myself together.
Because there is no good reason why we sh…
The Elm Ensemble has posted videos from our April 2019 Evensong project, which was called "Hope for the Journey."
On that program we sang several moving pieces and now the recordings are up on YouTube.
It's truly a pleasure to sing with the Elm Ensemble as we gather together in Dexter, MI for a weekend and there are a wide variety of singers, from local church choir singers to professionals from out-of-state.
I cannot tell a lie, the post-service reception is one of my favorite parts. Having …
A couple of months ago several other singer friends and I decided to start a group meeting and the entire purpose, beyond staying connected to people in this absolute 3-ring trash fire/dumpster fire/tire fire of a year was to simply share one good thing.
No matter how small, it all counts.
We've talked about conversations we've had, people we've connected with again, the stress of the current situation and all the things we do not know.
Among all of the stressful and horrible things we've end…
On April 7th I offered a free German Diction class for singers and voice teachers and it was an absolutely lovely time.
There were singers and teachers from Virginia to Colorado and from one part of Minnesota to another.
Here's what we covered (and all of this in 90 minutes!):
- how the German vowel:constant ratio differs from English
- how German children learn to read and how that instructs singers on German diction
- the Ich-Laut
- the Ach-Laut
- pronouncing the German "w" or /v/ sound
- an ove…
A few weeks ago I had an interview on the Quarantine Phone Calls, which you can read about here. This is my Letter to the World.
My heart goes out to you, whether you're here in Milwaukee or as far away as Iran, Japan, or South Africa. I want to send you courage. Courage to ask for the help you need, courage to face every moment as it arises. Courage to remember that every day is a step in the right direction.
I also want to send you honest. Honesty so you can feel every emotio…