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When You Have a New Voice Teacher...

new voice teacher

...and you're so excited for your first lesson, you leave an hour early.



Yep, I did that this morning. I got into the car, looked at the time, and thought, "Oh no! I'm an hour early!"

I was warmed up, had all my music, had a bottle of water and a snack and was rearing to go! I was simply ready to go an hour earlier than I needed to. So I ran my quick errands, did some more work, and then left again.

But not before I had a good laugh at myself.

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A New Year and New Repertoire for Nicole

New Year New RepertoireGreetings, dear readers!

The first half of this year holds a few really interesting pieces, including one piece that's new to me, however the text is not.

I'm joining the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in Sioux Falls for the Arvo Pärt Stabat Mater in April, and while I've sung the text of the Stabat Mater countless times, it is the first time that I've sung a Pärt piece solo.

So far I think it will be a new and different experience from any other Stabat Mater I've sung.

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On the same program...

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Expression in Violin and Singing - Part 3: Making Your Violin Sing

Expression Violin Singing Part 3Nicole Notes: Several years ago I paired up with violinist and orchestra teacher Katie Gustafson to write several articles for String Notes, published by the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA), which is the local chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). We had a great time exploring the commonalities between playing the violin and singing. Please enjoy this three-part series.

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by Katie Gustafson and Nicole Warner

In the first two installments of...

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Expression in Violin and Singing - Part 2: Breathe Your Way Out of Your Lizard Brain

Expression Violin Singing Part 2Nicole Notes: Several years ago I paired up with violinist and orchestra teacher Katie Gustafson to write several articles for String Notes, published by the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA), which is the local chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). We had a great time exploring the commonalities between playing the violin and singing. Please enjoy this three-part series.

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by Katie Gustafson and Nicole Warner

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Expression in Violin and Singing - Part 1: Body Awareness

Expression Violin Singing Part 1Nicole Notes: Several years ago I paired up with violinist and orchestra teacher Katie Gustafson to write several articles for String Notes, published by the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA), which is the local chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). We had a great time exploring the commonalities between playing the violin and singing. Please enjoy this three-part series.

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by Katie Gustafson and Nicole Warner

A few years ago I was singing with...

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Check Out my 2019-2020 Singing Season

2019 2020 season Nicole WarnerHello, dear readers!

This coming musical season I'll be back at two of my favorite singing destinations, the Elm Ensemble in Dexter, Michigan and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

I have three gigs planned and you can read about them here according to date.

October 2019:

In October I'll be joining the Elm Ensemble for another Evensong, which is always such a lovely experience. We'll be singing a bit of German as well as other English-language pieces.

The Elm Ensemble is comprised of...

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South Dakota Symphony, April 4 & 5, 2020

Stabat Mater by Arvo Pärt

Requiem by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

 

Pärt Stabat Mater Mozart Requiem

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

 

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Delta David Gier, Music Director

Hannah Lu, soprano

Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano

Timothy Bentch, tenor

Stephen Bryant, baritone

Washington Pavilion

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

 

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Elm Ensemble Evensong, October 13, 2019

Elm April2019The Elm Ensemble

 

Conducted by Sally Messner

Program includes:

"Anthem: O Praise The Lord of Heaven" by William Billings

"Nun danket alle Gott" by Johann Pachelbel

"Shields" from Wyeth's Repository, Part 2nd

and more

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Reception to follow

St. James Episcopal Church

3279 Broad Street

Dexter, Michigan

 

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Elm Ensemble - Evensong April 2019

I love singing with the Elm Ensemble.

One of the best parts of singing with the Elm Ensemble is raising money for good causes, which is a part of the Evensongs I've participated in. As part of the April 2019 Evensong a freewill collection was taken for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter in Washtenaw County, where the Elm Ensemble is based.

The collection was quite awesome that day.



The NAMI Washtenaw County has received $417 from the freewill offering that day! That's...

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