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It's time...to take a break.quarter-rest-black-no-stroke-hi

2014 has been quite a journey.

This year I've:

  • finished and announced this new website
  • traveled to Patagonia (Chile), Oregon, Milwaukee, and Virginia, MN (yeah, you know it's awesome up there)
  • started my own voice studio
  • started teaching in the after-school programs at one high school and soon will teach in another
  • sang my first World Premiere
  • sang "Les Nuits d'été" for the first time
  • rehearsed "Jesu, meine Freude" with my friends' infant cooing on my lap (that's a…

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Don't Save Your Thanks for the Acceptance Speech

thanks-digital-calligraphy-hiWouldn't it be awesome to stand up in front of thousands of people in a packed hall and give an amazing speech saying thank you to everyone who has affected your life and career? And for it to be televised? And then jet off to your next destination, ready to take the stage, film the scene, give the next lecture.

That would be SO COOL.

Just like it would be SO COOL to win a big award like a Grammy. And then people start calling YOU.

That would be so awesome.

And it most surely is so awesome t…

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Purcell & Schubert

Franz Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Ode for St. Cecilia's Day - Henry Purcell

Magnificat - Franz Schubert

Christmas Cantata - Daniel Pinkham


Kristie Tigges, soprano

Nicole Warner, alto

Richard Joseph, tenor

Mike Schmidt, bass

Patricia C. Connors, director

Choral Society of St. Catherine

Admission $10/$5


The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Catherine

2004 Randolph Ave

St Paul, MN 55105

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How to Write a Last-Minute Application

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 l…

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Petite Messe Solennelle - G. Rossini

October 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.Gioacchino Rossini

Tracey Engleman, soprano

Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano

Luke Grooms, tenor

Jeffrey Ray, bass

Bel Canto Chorus

Richard Hynson, conductor


Order your tickets here.


Watermark at Shully's

146 Green Bay Rd

Thiensville, WI 53092


Gioacchino Rossini (pictured above) wrote the Petite Messe Solennelle (Small solemn mass) in 1863 as a salon piece for two pianos and harmonium, calling for only 12 singers; the soloists should sing the chorus parts and the solos.…

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World Premiere: Two Old Finnish Hymns - August 3, 2014

Kaksi vanhaa suomalaista virttä - Two Old Finnish Hymns

1. Me uskom' yhden Jumalan pääll' - We Believe in One God

2. Herra siunaa meit' ja auta - Lord, Bless Us and Help Us

for mezzo-soprano and organ, composed by Olli Kortekangas


I'll also be singing "Simple Song" from Bernstein's Mass during this service.


Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

with Mark Sedio, organ


Central Lutheran Church

333 S 12th St.

Minneapolis, MN  55404


More information to this World Premiere, compo…

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7 Music Puns to Make You Snort. Or Groan.

1. Music isn't for kids--it's full of sax and violins.


2. If I told you I loved you, would you love me Bach?



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4. My name is Franz, and you are on my Liszt.


5. If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it.


6. I think your G-String is a bit tight.



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For Voice Teachers: The Private Voice Studio Handbook

The Private Voice Studio Handbook by Joan Frey Boytim

Joan Frey Boytim's Private Voice Studio Handbook is a Must-Have for all Voice Teachers

September is just around the corner and now is the time to get your voice studio organized for the next school year. A great tool for getting your studio set up is The Private Voice Studio Handbook: A Practical Guide to All Aspects of Teaching by Joan Frey Boytim.
Long known and respected as a voice teacher and presenter for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Ms. Boytim taught voice …

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Central Lutheran Church - June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

10:00 a.m.


"Praises and Prayers" by Virgil ThomsonVirgil Thomson, composer

1. From The Canticle of the Sun (St. Francis of Assissi)

2. My Master Hath a Garden (Anonymous)

3. Jerusalem, My Happy Home (Anonymous stanzas on "Mater Hierusalem Civitas Sancta Dei" from The Meditations of Saint Augustine, Ch. XXV)


with Mark Sedio, piano


Central Lutheran Church

333 S 12th St.

Minneapolis, MN  55404


The song cycle "Praises and Prayers" is only rarely performed and many have never hear…

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