Hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, our popular Courtroom Concerts take place at noon most Thursdays in the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. This series features accomplished musicians and composers from the Twin Cities and surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. These one-hour concerts are free and open to the public.
About the Artists:
Praised in the New York Times “as graceful vocally as she was in her movements,” “consistently stylish” (Boston Globe), and as a “cool, precise soprano” (Chicago Tribune), Carrie Henneman Shaw is a two-time McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians winner (2010, 2017). She has premiered major works by such Minnesota composers as Jocelyn Hagen and Abbie Betinis, whose annual Christmas carols she records for Minnesota Public Radio, and sung American premieres by such composers as Georg Friedrich Haas, Hans Thomalla, and Augusta Read Thomas. In addition to her work as an interpreter of contemporary works, Carrie specializes in music of the 17th century and has performed operatic roles with one of America’s leading Baroque opera companies, Boston Early Music Festival. Carrie is a member of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and Pesedjet. She holds degrees in English and voice performance from Lawrence University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
Andrew Romanick is an Artist in Residence on faculty at University of Washington as a collaborative pianist and opera coach. Romanick has performed in over 30 collaborative instrumental and vocal recitals. Highlights as a rehearsal pianist include for Northwest Operas in Schools Etc. (NOISE) in Seattle, the Canto summer voice festival in Louisville, Pacific Northwest Opera, and Music in the Marche in Mondavio, Italy. He performed with Broadway’s Zachary James in the 2019 Hoku Concert Series in Kona, Hawaii. Romanick has performed virtually with SPU faculty Chérie Hughes in the Barcelona Festival of Song in 2021, with Darrell J. Jordan in 2022 in recitals hosted by Tacoma Opera and Wilmington Opera in Delaware.
A Washington native, Romanick earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Washington State University, studying with Dr. Jeffrey Savage and Dr. Karen Savage. After completing his Master’s degree in piano performance at Northwestern University, studying with Alan Chow, Romanick returned to the Seattle area to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Washington, where he studied with Dr. Robin McCabe. His thesis, Dictators and their Puppets: Musicians who advocated for musical integrity in twentieth-century regimes, explored the difficult relationships between composers and dictators in Germany, Russia, and China.