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Pinkerton, Louise
Discipline: Music (soprano)

Photo of LouiseLouise Pinkerton, soprano, is an active performer in operas, musicals, oratorios, and recitals and has been named “one of North Dakota’s outstanding young singers.”  She has sung a wide variety of roles, from Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Laurey in Oklahoma! to Cupid in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, plus several opera premieres including Irene in the American premiere of the Finnish opera House of the Sun at Opera in the Ozarks.  Louise has performed lead roles with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Crimson Creek Players, the Contemporary Opera Lab in Canada, the Rome Festival Opera, the UND Theater Arts Department and the UND Music Department. 

She has been a soloist with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony, with the Rome Festival Orchestra, at Mayville State University in Handel’s Messiah, and is a regular guest artist at state and national music conferences.  A frequent competition winner, she has won the 2004 Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award sponsored by National Federation of Music Clubs and is a two-time Regional Finalist and North Dakota District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  Louise has received additional state and regional awards through the Music Teachers National Association, National Federation of Music Clubs and the North Dakota Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Louise maintains a private voice studio in Grand Forks and teaches voice at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the University of North Dakota.  She is an Artist-in-Residence for the North Dakota Council on the Arts and offers an “Opera Adventure Residency” for middle school and elementary school students.  Her degrees are from the University of North Dakota and Indiana University.

In reference to her Artist and Residency Program she says:

“It’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings!”  Many students know this phrase, as well as other stereotypes, about opera, but what do your students really know about the actual art form?  This interactive three-day to two-week residency for children in 3rd to 6th grades introduces a core group of about 30 students to opera through participation in a mimed version of an opera.  In addition to the performers on stage, students can conduct, mime the orchestra, be ushers or the production crew.  This is the full opera experience from the entrance of the conductor to the final curtain call. The students learn about operatic music and opera singers, sing in group voice lessons, and prepare their very own show (don’t forget to invite Mom and Dad).  Additional sessions can be scheduled with elementary, middle school and high school students.  Top off the residency with a fun recital by a “real” opera singer.

Committed to developing the next generation of singers and music lovers, Louise offers voice lessons, masterclass and workshops for middle school students, high school students and adults.  Residencies can include sessions for students of all levels including: private voice lessons, group voice lessons, vocal technique workshops, master classes, an introduction to opera, preparing for auditions and competitions and preparing for collegiate music study.

Contact Louise Pinkerton:
Grand Forks, ND
(701) 775-0108

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