FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Regina Stroncek, soprano; Jared Miller, piano
About the Artists
Minneapolis-based soprano, Regina Stroncek, is a versatile artist who frequently performs as a soloist and ensemble singer. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Vocal Performance and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, her interest lies in communicating with diverse audiences through language and music. She has been heard in concerts locally in Minnesota and abroad throughout Spain and Brazil. Ms. Stroncek is an avid recitalist with a deep-seated passion for art song, and has participated in the Barcelona Festival of Song and Source Song Festival. An advocate for new music, she has programmed numerous recitals featuring repertoire by living composers, and has sung world and regional premieres of art song and chamber music in the United States and Brazil. As a two-time Fulbright scholar to Brazil, Ms. Stroncek spent 2 years researching and performing Brazilian vocal chamber repertoire in the capital city, Brasília. There she collaborated with local ensembles and curated lecture recitals highlighting art song from the United States and Brazil, performing at venues in the Federal District and Minas Gerais. Ms. Stroncek is an alumna of the inaugural class of the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at Aspen Music Festival and regularly performs with ensembles such as the Minnesota Chorale, Border CrosSing, MPLS-imPulse, and The First Readings Project.
Born in San Diego, California, Jared Miller discovered his passion for collaboration while participating in his high school choirs. He graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Music and an Asian Studies concentration studying with Dr. Ananda-Owens, and recently finished a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Lovelace. At St. Olaf, he worked extensively with the vocal, choral, lyric opera, and theater departments. During his time at the U of M, he played for the University Singers, opera scenes, and a production of Menotti’s The Consul, under Lara Bolton.
As a freelance pianist in the Twin Cities, Jared has worked with Calliope Women’s Chorus, BorderCrosSing, Schubert Club, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Opera, Arbeit Opera Theatre, and Journey North Opera Company. One of Jared’s musical passions is in studying and performing the music of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie is also a two-time McKnight Artist Fellow, and has won grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and at age 31, was listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. Abbie has been a Composer-in-Residence with New York State School Music Association, The Rose Ensemble, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and Schubert Club. In 2019, she will be the American Composers Forum’s ChoralQuest composer, visiting schools around the U.S. to write new choral music with middle school singers.
Originally from Wisconsin, Abbie is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A.), the University of Minnesota (M.A.), and holds a diplôme from the European American Musical Alliance Institute in Paris, France. She lives in Minnesota, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University-St Paul and executive director of Justice Choir.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change
MusiciansRegina Stroncek, soprano
Jared Miller, piano