Summer Starts

We’ve been a bit silent here on the blog for a while.  As the season changes, and our schedules along with it, here is an update about what to expect in the near future from Nathan and the Birds.

Summer Lessons

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After Nathan’s second spring student recital this coming Tuesday, he will have officially wrapped up another year of voice lessons through Waconia High School, Prior Lake High School, and his own private studios at home and at Colonial Church of Edina.

Beginning this week he will be primarily teaching at our home studio in Northeast Minneapolis, while maintaining the Edina and Prior Lake studios as well.  This allows for a much broader and more flexible schedule.  Click on this link or open this pdf (Call for voice students Summer 2014 (general memo)for information about purchasing summer lessons.  We are using sort of a punch-card system this year.  Check it out. Pass it on. Sign up!

Weddings

Nathan and I are looking forward to performing together in two weddings late in June.  Wedding gigs have always been one of our favorite things – in fact it was doing this sort of thing together that kept us so connected when we first became friends 12 years ago (yikes!).

Know of anyone looking for voice or piano music for a late summer or fall wedding?  We’re game!

Concerts

Details aren’t being made public quite yet, but based on the success of last year’s A Summer Night Romance concerts, it’s fair to say that there are plans brewing.  Nathan has been working with a growing team of professionals to help develop his processes as a concert producer. Expect great things to be happening as the year unfolds.

On Sunday, June 8, there will be a fun jazz concert with the Apollo Male Chorus and the George Maurer Group. Nathan has been working as one of their section leaders and will be singing with them on this event. See link above for tickets, and let us know if you’ll be there!

As always, check out the events page for info about upcoming productions involving Nathan.

Newsletter

Our monthly newsletters have been on hiatus as well, but we are reviving them soon, like within a couple days soon. If you’re not sure if you’re on the list, sign up here. If you don’t get around to doing that until after we’ve sent it out, you’ll be able to find it on the archive page, and I’ll be sure to get you on the list for the next one.  This next May/June edition will share more about how we have each been engaged professionally in the recent past, as well as more about summer plans.

Baby!

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The girls (and Nathan) are pretty excited about bringing another boy into the family.

And if that newsletter doesn’t end up getting to you in the next few days like I ‘promised,’ it’s probably because we decided to take a vacation at the hospital.  Our baby boy is due to arrive around June 9 (which also happens to be our wedding anniversary), but this mama would be really ok with any time now.

Thanks for following and supporting us on this journey – both professionally and personally!

Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather.

~Naomi, for both of us

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Breath Works: Group Lesson

Hello singers,

Nathan has another group voice lesson at the end of the week. This is a new thing he has begun to explore because of his own experiences as a soloist, choir member, and voice teacher. Not all contexts of singing call for the same type of sound to be produced, but the basic technical elements and self-awareness skills will aide any singer in his or her particular singing activity.

Breath Works

photo credit: shawnzrossi
photo credit: shawnzrossi

This week’s 60 minute session will explore the nuances and misconceptions about breathing. As the basis for any sort of vocalizing, breathing should not be cumbersome work but rather a graceful and empowering cycle. Through exercises, group discussion, and lots of fun vocalizing, Nathan will help to unravel and clarify some common rehearsal jargon regarding breath actions, and will challenge the singers to breathe consistently and appropriately in any context.

The lesson is especially suited for those who have had some private voice lessons, but that is not a requirement. Likewise, since Nathan is passionate about vocal ensembles and helping people have great experiences in them, he has tailored the content for people who are members of church choirs or school ensembles. However, even if you only like to sing in the shower or the car; or if your vocal ensemble of choice currently is simply Sunday mornings at church with the rest of the congregation, you can gain something from this session. Join with others of all ages in this unique setting to explore the “breath-taking” journey of singing.

Friday morning, June 28, 10 AM
In the Music Center at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN 55436
Registration – There is no set fee for the event, but there will be a box for contributions if you are able. Please R.S.V.P by Thursday evening.
Call Nathan at (952) 212-4017 or email naomi.m.bird@gmail.com or contact via this site.

Father’s Day Weekend Festivities

Hey all,

photo credit: etsy.com
photo credit: etsy.com

Here’s a quick update on some fun goings-on with Nathan and the extended Twin Cities classical music scene in the next few days. As you make plans to honor the fathers in your life, consider the following…

Saturday, 6/15 (tomorrow!)Group Voice Class
10:00-11:30 am at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way  Edina, MN 55436

Learn to sing for dad – or for your kids!
This is the first of several such opportunities this summer in which Nathan will guide you through an exploration of solo and ensemble singing techniques in the context of a group of other folks all interested in more fully enjoying the skill of singing. It’s a great way to maintain your vocalicity or get your feet wet if you’re considering voice lessons or preparing to join a church, school, or community choir. Each class will be different, so don’t wait until the end of the summer – come to all of them*!  Also, this first one is free of charge.
If you know you are coming tomorrow, call Nathan at 952 – 212 – 4017 or email n . p . bird @ gmail . com  – or just show up at the music center.
*other class dates: 6/28, 7/13, 7/26, 8/10, 8/23 – all at 10:00 am.

Sunday, 6/16 – Music at Wooddale Church Traditional Services
8:30 – Eden Prairie Campus, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
10:30 – Edina Campus, 5532 Wooddale Avenue South, Edina, MN 55424

Worship with your dad!
Nathan will be soloing with the choir on an arrangement of What Wondrous Love is This.  He also has been drooling over the beauteousness of the wind ensemble that will be playing for the service. Greet us and the girls if you attend either of these services (and be sure to wish Nathan a Happy Father’s Day).

And here are three great outdoor events to bring Dad and the kids to…

Opera Under the Stars – MN Opera presents La Boheme
Saturday, 6/15 – 7:30 at Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Sunday, 6/16 – 7:00 at Shattuck – St. Mary’s in Faribault, 1000 Shumway Ave, Faribault, MN 55021

Nathan has performed in the MN Opera chorus for five productions and can attest to the great talent you will see if you attend one of these events. Their twitter stream boasted some great pics from tonight’s performance in St. Paul. We haven’t decided which one we’re going to – let us know when you’ll be there!

Sunday, 6/16 – Cantus and Classical MPR at Lake Harriet Bandshell
2:00 pm – 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Hear the ensemble that Nathan sang with a couple years back:

“Now an annual Father’s Day tradition, Cantus will perform a free concert at the Lake Harriet Band Shell this Sunday at 2pm in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio. Bring your picnic basket or enjoy the excellent food at Bread & Pickle. The weather forecast is looking beautiful.  It’s the perfect way to enjoy a splendid summer day in Minnesota! This concert also marks Tim Takach’s final Twin Cities performance with Cantus. Come say thank you for his 17 years with the ensemble!” – from Cantus’ site

We hope you will be able to join in on this sliver of our favorites of the many events happening in the area this weekend.  We went to a music-in-the-park event in Minneapolis last night and I kept thinking, “Gosh, this would be a fantastic date night activity.” Some people went all out and brought folding lounge chairs, table, wine and cheese, etc. So, whether you make it a family time or kid-free time, enjoy! Be creative! Make this weekend special!

To whom this concerns – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Let us know what you ended up doing!

~N&N