Helping people sing freely, listen curiously, work successfully, and live gratefully are what Nathan is all about.
Are you in search of music recordings that will speak to the soul and savor the flavors of familiar traditions? Nathan and his wife produce a monthly subscription of songs ranging from American history to hymnody to classical repertoire and musical theater. Especially designed for older generations, these monthly packets and the evergreen subscription option make for a fantastic gift. Click here for more information about the SongNotes series.
Are you interested in voice lessons? Nathan teaches a range of students in the Twin Cities area – high school, college, casual enjoyment, audition prep. He especially enjoys working with singers as a hybrid teacher/coach, helping those who are navigating the entrepreneurial world and figuring out how to make a career in music work. Click to contact Nathan with lesson inquiries.
Are you needing to hire a tenor? Nathan has performed as a soloist professionally for 15 years in chamber concerts, large orchestral productions, and theater, as well as for weddings, funerals, and church services. Click to inquire about Nathan’s availability for your event.
Are you looking for looking for a concert producer? Nathan has produced a variety of shows including holiday specials, classical smorgasbords, children’s themes, and small recitals. Fundraisers and festivities can become a smashing success with the right kind of entertainment. Click to contact Nathan about producing a concert for your event.
Are you a musician seeking support in figuring out how to make a music career work? Nathan loves helping fellow entrepreneurs (or those who aren’t sure if that’s what they want to be yet!) through regular meet-ups and one-and-one coaching. Click to contact Nathan about entrepreneur support.
Nathan and Naomi Bird are in their mid-thirties, but their music and entertainment preferences put them at home with folks who have been around the sun about 50 times more than they have.
Minnesota natives, they transplanted to Colorado for a few years for graduate school and have called Minneapolis home since 2011. Nathan teaches private voice lessons at area high schools, performs locally, directs a church choir, produces an annual “Three Tenors Christmas” concert at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. In addition to accompanying for Nathan and writing and editing for SongNotes, Naomi is in her second year as church organist and was thrilled to recently return to the world of ballet class accompaniment at a studio in St. Paul. The Birds’ nest has a flock of four hatchlings ages ten, eight, five, and two years old.
Finding creative ways to thrive as working musicians is a constant pursuit of theirs, and they even host regular meet-ups for entrepreneurs in the area. Their latest endeavor has been to start a monthly subscription offering of songs and notes about them – one issue of which you are now holding in your hands!
Years of music training and specific personal experiences with dear older relatives are merging into a mission they are eager to develop: to use their music to enrich the lives of older adults and cultivate meaningful connections between generations.
Nathan’s program bio:
Nathan Bird, tenor, is a Minneapolis based performer, concert producer, and voice teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Northwestern-St. Paul and a Master of Vocal Performance degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. As a singer in choral, musical theater, and opera settings, his performance credits have included the International Opera Theater, Cantus, Guthrie Theatre, the Apollo Male Chorus, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, the Distinguished Concerts International New York, and the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ holiday concert series with his annual production of A Three Tenors Christmas. Collaboration and creativity are pillars of Nathan’s career, as seen in his recordings with the guitars of The Massif Trio, his production of concerts with The NorrSound Tenors, and his recent leadership role on the board of the choral arts organization MPLS (imPulse). Nathan is the choir director of Redeemer Covenant Church in Brooklyn Park, and a resident of North Minneapolis with his wife and four children. Nathan and his wife, pianist Naomi Bird, collaborate regularly, releasing recordings and writings through their subscription SongNotes From the Birds and producing concerts in their community.
Roles: In April 2015, Nathan sang as Tenor Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). Another highlight of Nathan’s career was creating the role of Lucentio in the 2010 world premier of Efrain Amaya’s La Bisbetica, (based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew) in Italy. Other notable roles include Obadiah in Elijah (2010), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (2010), Tenor Soloist in Dubois’ Seven Last Words (2013), Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (2014), and Thomas in Lamb of God (2014, 2017). Musical Theatre credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (2007), Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2005), and Father in Children of Eden.(2010),