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Dr. Jennifer Olson: The Instrument of Voice

Katie Carter and Dr. Jennifer Olson

"...as a vocal professor you teach voice...which is a little bit different than what sometimes people think in the sense that we approach the voice as an instrument. So we are looking for how it functions and how to make that function as efficient and natural as possible. And that can take a long long long time because it takes a tremendous amount of self-awareness and exploration...when people sing in a way that is efficient and natural, they can do it for their whole lives. When people modify their voices in ways that go against their natural function, then that's going to wear and tear over time and they're not going to be able to do that forever."

Dr. Jennifer Olson is passionate about her craft of singing and the instrument of voice.  She will perform a faculty recital Saturday, September 28th at 7:30pm in the Bangsberg Recital Hall on the Bemidji State University Campus.  Dr. Olson stopped by the  morning show to discuss many aspects of her work, from the path to her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice to the many career options for people in her field.  She even shared techniques for warming up the voice that any of us can try. 

Saturday's concert is free and open to the public. 

"I kind of fell into it by accident when I was in high school...I had a horse... I was obsessed. That's all I wanted to do. I got to my senior year and my friend tricked me into auditioning for the musical. This is the last semester of my senior year.  The musical was South Pacific... I got the lead role by a complete raw accident and I loved it... And then I wanted to go to a school that was nearby ...I stated minoring in [voice]... my teacher exposed me to this body of music that just took over my life...I became totally obsessed with it because it is just so incredible."

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.