Blog: Open Intervals
What's it like to be a singer for the German National Anthem?
When the lady sang another country's national anthem at the olympics and just sang "la la la," I thought that was really silly. A national anthem represents a country, just as the sports teams who are playing the game represent the country. And for an official meeting between countries that calls for music, it can set people at ease and give them a topic of conversation. Music bridges a lot between nations.
A couple of years ago I was asked to sing the German Nationalhymne (national anthem), kno…
LISTEN: "Stabat mater" with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
At long last, now you can listen to the recording of the rest of the concert I sang with the fantastic soprano Hannah Lu and conductor Delta David Gier with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra last season. The mp3s are now up in the Media Room and there are a LOT of recordings to listen to: I posted eight of the total 12 movements.
As I mentioned in my previous post where I linked to the recording of the Bach cantata I sang, this was a fantastic experience and I'm so proud and happy to share thi…
The Neighbor and the Techno
Now that I've moved to Milwaukee it's safe to tell this story.
My former neighbor, whom I'll simply call "Neighbor," was not what you might call the "communicative" type. If I said "hello," he would do a double-take and then say, surprised, "Hello." If I didn't say hello, he would just walk awkwardly past me.
And the woman that he lived with, she was even worse. I once saw her outside, turned to her to say hello, and she literally turned and ran in the other direction. (Needless to say I didn'…
2 Ways to Breathe More Deeply
We live in this time, in these bodies, in this world. And right now it's really hard.
Because we live in a culture of fear and in a culture of violence and sometimes it's really hard to hear your own voice inside your head.
Breathing deeply works against stress, against fear, and helps you connect with your inner voice, your inner wisdom.
If you, like so many of us, feel at a loss right now, start with this, it will clear your mind and give you your starting place.
Here are two ways to breat…
9 Goofy Things Voice Students Say
Voice students say the darndest things! And my students are no exception. Over the past couple of years I've collected their antics and funny comments. Here, without further ado, are 9 goofy things my voice students have said:
You know you're old when...
A: *takes out smart phone and hits the button* Siri, who is “Milli Vanilli”?
Do I have a wobble?!
T: *looks at me wide-eyed.* Nicole, your vibrato…it scares me.
Confessions of a high schooler:
D: (whispered) I like orchestra better t…
LISTEN: Nicole's Bach Cantata 170 with the SD Symphony
In January of this year I sang with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for the first time. The solo piece I performed was Bach's Cantata 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, which translates roughly to "Pleasurable rest, beloved delight of the soul." The idea of the cantata is welcoming virtue into your heart while recognizing that most people choose to walk all over their neighbor, and ultimately finding a way to live in harmony with these virtues despite what other people are doing.
7 Words of Wisdom for Senior Voice Students
Dear Senior Voice Students,
It's hard every year when you depart. The last concert is so emotional, your last lessons are poignant. I often imagine what you'll think 20 years from now when you think about your voice lessons. Did you learn what you wanted to learn? Did all the music theory sink in deep enough? Do you remember to breathe with your belly?
Here are 7 pieces of what my students would probably call unsolicited advice I give to seniors and any voice student who's going off on a new a…
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. Here's the official concert poster:
South Dakota Symphony: Sacred Baroque
Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata No. 170, Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m..
Hannah Lu, soprano
Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano
South Dakota Symphony
Delta David Gier, conductor
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
909 W 33rd St,
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
On this program Hanna…