This is my favorite season by far. The crisp days, cooler temperatures, the colors changing, sweaters, boots and and else all that comes with it. It’s also a time when I gear up for competitions and festivals with my voice studio. If you like singing for valuable feedback and insights given by reputable voice professionals in the field of classical song and music theater, then this might be something for you? Anyway, competitive singing isn’t for everyone. And it’s certainly not the “means to an end”. However, preparing for a competition gives you a determined concrete goal to strive toward. And that can never hurt. If it doesn’t lead to that semi final or final round, so be it. What it hopefully leads to thought is more determination. More motivation and strive. And the sense of accomplishment. That is a necessary for all of us.
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Hope your winter is treating you all well!
As I fasten my skis and take off down the path outside my apartment I’m reminded of how beautiful and magical this time of year can be, even though the Minnesota winter also comes with its share of treacherous driving, slick roads, lots and lots of snow and bitter cold. If I can remember to see the beauty in it, I seem to be able to cope with it better. I am sure that makes sense to all of you, and that the majority of you can agree with this notion.
My relationship to music and singing is similar in some respect. Some days it’s very hard to find the beauty and significance in what we do as singers…the saying “Some Days When You Don’t Feel Like Singing- Sing Anyway!”, might resonate with you? I love that quote. And it sums up completely how I feel sometimes. And more so, this time of year.
I wish you all a lovely rest of your February and a beautiful start to spring 2019!
Here are some gigs I have lined up for late December. I hope you can make a performance! 🎶❄️
I’m biased, but I always favor “Christmas at The House Of Hope”. It’s always filled with lovely music…beautiful lessons & carols, gorgeous orchestral arrangements by Aaron David Miller played by the Bach Chamber Players Of Saint Paul and lots of classical choral favorites sung by the Motet Choir led by Matthew Culloton.
1. Christmas at The House Of Hope
The House Of Hope, Saint Paul, MN
Monday December 24, 2018 / 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM
Vivaldi; Gloria (10 PM service only!)
Ferko: A Festival Of Carols
Soprano soloist (Vivaldi)
2. Traditional Tableaux Service
The House Of Hope Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul, MN
Saturday December 22, 2018 / 5:30 PM
Soprano soloist (Silent Night)
3. The Norwegian Memorial Church
Traditional Candlelight Service / Høytids Gudstjeneste
(This Service is held in Norwegian)
December 24, 2018 / 4 PM
4. Handel’s Messiah with The Singers & The Saint Paul chamber orchestra
December 20 & 21 The Basilica Of Saint Mary / 8 PM
December 22 & 23 Ordway Music Theater / 8 PM & 2 PM
Tickets might be sold out! Check SPCO.org
Happy Snowy start to Advent 2018! I hope you’re all enjoying this hectic yet beautiful time of year. ❄️☃️💨
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…..talk about great advise from the Sophie Shear Voice Studio!! Enjoy.
Thanks for checking out my website! Hope you’re enjoying fall and the changing of seasons 🍁🍂🌞
Here are a few gigs I have lined up for what looks like a busy October:
1. Fauré: Requiem, 1887-1890 (soprano soloist)
Prior Lake High School Choir Program
Shepherd of the Lake
3611 Berens Rd NW
Prior Lake MN
Monday October 15 / 7 P.M.
2. Handel: Foundling Hospital Anthem, 1749/1753 (soprano soloist)
Vespers with Hymnus
Gethsemane Lutheran Church Of Hopkins
715 Minnetonka Mills Rd
Sunday October 28 / 4 P.M.
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Wow, this has been a crazy busy month and it’s been primarily consisting of Nordic Song! Well, more specific, Norwegian Song. Which of course is wonderful in every possible way! If you’ve always been curious about Nordic Song (Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish) – and want to check it out – please join us next Wednesday evening June 27 at 7:30 P.M. Six of my current students and I have put together a Nordic Voice Recital of Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish Songs. This idea came out of wanting to celebrate a rather big event….THE 175th birthday of Edvard Grieg, June 15, 1843. So there’s lots of Grieg on the program, but also music by Sibelius, Heise, Dørumsgaard, Lekberg, Kilpinen & more! We are joined by the lovely and talented Krista Costin, (renowned twin cities Mezzo Soprano) who will share some Danish songs with us and will also sing some selections from Grieg’s Haugtussa, opus 67.
Hope to see you there!
A Nordic Midsummer Voice Recital
Students of Melissa Holm-Johansen
With Krista Costin, guest appearance
American Danish Center
3030 W River Parkway
Minneapolis MN 55406
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June is Edvard Grieg month! 🇳🇴 I’m a kid in a candy shop this month….. From getting my feet wet with Edvard Grieg Society of Minneapolis, acting as a new board member, advocating in as many ways as possible, adjudicating the first ever EGS Voice Competition this past Saturday, performing for the big 175th celebration….to preparing my students for a Scandinavian Voice recital June 27 at the American Danish Center! (More info to come!) I’m loving it so much. Of course I’m biased with EG’s music.
We are celebrating Edvard Grieg’s 175th Birthday on June 15… there will be a wonderful event held at Mindekirken – the Norwegian Memorial Church in Minneapolis starting 7:30 p.m. The event will feature songs, instrumental music, piano music, speeches, and even “all sang”. Come help celebrate the music of this fantastic, prolific and beloved Norwegian composer!
Hope to see you for some events. There’s still a lot of June left!
Perhaps instead of change startling us, we can approach the change with an opportunity for growth and awareness? It can be a challenging time for some for sure, but for me, I love the “change” as it’s always a reminder that everything is how it should be. And that’s comforting for me. This year I am particularly excited for autumn as I get to look forward to a trip to my native country, Norway. I will be given plenty of opportunity to sing while I am “home”, including lots of choral music (as part of a big anniversary/festival with The Norwegian Youth Choir), some solo singing / coaching with several norwegian vocal pedagogues, as well as a possible guest appearance for a church service in my hometown. I hope your autumn will be rewarding, filled with lots of room for growth. For you as a singer, as a musician and as a person in general.