Twin Cities performer, voice teacher and concert producer, Tenor Nathan Bird has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, and at Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has also been a member of been a member of the Apollo Male Chorus, and Cantus.
Nathan’s exceptional versatility has brought considerable variety to his career. He has performed solo roles internationally in opera and on the concert stage. In April 2015, Nathan sang as Tenor Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a highlight of his career. 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 Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (2014), Thomas in Lamb of God (2014), Tenor Soloist in Dubois’ Seven Last Words (2013), Obadiah in Elijah (2010), and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (2010).
Nathan took a roundabout path to becoming a self-employed musician. While he was born singing, Nathan never really considered that it could be a career for him until college. He cut his teeth singing in shopping malls in his family’s annual holiday tradition, “The Bird Family Singers.” His official voice training began as a junior in high school with Jyl Dunavan. While completing his Bachelors in voice performance at UNWSP, Doreen Hutchings opened up his sound and taught him to trust his instrument. Cathy Kaasch at Denver University (M.M.) played a crucial role in fine tuning Nathan’s operatic delivery and introduced him to his musical theater voice. After graduate school, the late Barbara Kierig finally got Nathan to stop listening to himself and just focus on enjoying the process.
Nathan maintains a busy schedule of thirty-five high school students at Armstrong, Prior Lake, and Waconia High Schools, the Academy of Music at Northwestern in St. Paul and a private studio in Edina. Nathan is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and brought three students to their annual local competition this year at St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN.
Twelve years ago Nathan Bird had his first taste of what life as a concert producer would be when he volunteered to transcribe all of the instrument parts for “The Prayer” from the recording as a sophomore in college. This daunting undertaking gave Nathan a new appreciation for risk, collaboration, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Nathan has produced a number of concerts since, most notably his NorrSound Tenor Trio, singing his new arrangements of holiday favorites, which premiered in December 2014.
As an entrepreneur with a heart for mentoring, Nathan has taken his love of talking with people into the Twin Cities community with his monthly meeting of small-business owners entitled Thank God it’s Monday (TGIM). With the help of assistant Krissi Dines, Nathan features a successful entrepreneur in our community at these gatherings and discusses ideas and solutions for next steps.
Nathan currently resides in Northeast Minneapolis with his wife and three children.