Vocalist, Vocal Coach, Entertainer

The Stars of Student Showcase 2011

Macy Kommer

Macy is eleven years old, and has been writing songs since she was five. Macy loves to sing and write stories, and she writes lyrics for her favorite cousin’s band! Macy is in fifth grade and is in the Dimensions Academy for the gifted and talented. She loves rock, country and EXTREMELY heavy metal. Macy likes bands such as Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Nevershoutnever, and Hollywood Undead.

Barbara McKernan

Barbara McKernan has been singing in church and choirs her entire life. As a kid she studied piano and ballet and took part in her high school musicals. She has been a member of Twin City choral groups, performing both contemporary and classical music. She studied recorder, music theory and voice at MacPhail Center for Music, and is thrilled to be a new student of Connie Olson. A retired teacher, she can now devote her time to her great passion, music.

Martha Alkins

Martha is finishing her first year with Connie and loving it! Martha is a Vet Technician who takes care of Connie’s cat, Isadore, and then stays to get coaching from Connie. Martha hopes to record her first CD this summer, and plans to continue with Connie as long as long as she can.

Sally Leder

My dream came true in 2010—with help from Connie—when last July, I recorded a CD with some of the most talented musicians in town. It was an experience I’ll never forget. A collection of six of my favorite songs, the CD entitled “Once Upon A Dream” was not intended for sale, but as a gift to family and friends who have been so supportive of my singing adventure. The icing on the cake was when some cuts were played on our local jazz station and one in Miami. I hope to continue singing because music is in my heart and soul.

Rebecca Fogel

Rebecca Fogel has always loved music and has been singing since she was a toddler. She sang in her junior high and high school choirs and performed in musicals at camp. Her iPod contains an eclectic mix of everything from jazz to rock and roll to show tunes. She especially likes music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of her favorite artists are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, Bonnie Raitt, and her dad.

John Welch

John is a native Minnesotan and now resides in Albuquerque, NM. He has always loved playing guitar, singing and entertaining. About a year ago, Connie encouraged him to sing at Elder Care facilities and he loved it. He has now had acouple of gigs and hopes to continue a rewarding career in music!

Rich Reeder

Rich has written and produced award-winning films that have taken him to the far-flung corners of the world. His second career, as on-camera talent for TV commercials, has led to being cast in stage shows at the Guthrie (Streetcar Named Desire) and Theatre in the Round (Ring Round the Moon). His most recent theatre project was with Brazen Theatre, where he played a high school teacher in an anti-bullying series of one-act plays.

Tara Rogan

Tara Rogan has been working with Connie for the past two years and lives in Minneapolis. She was active in theater throughout high school and also took voice lessons at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her major influences include The Beatles, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin.

Amanda Stewart

Singing is an adrenaline rush for me, and is not something many people know I can do. It’s one of my long kept secrets of “can doʼs,” due to how shy I was when I was young! Singing is an outlet of creativity and expression, and can make any bad day a little better. There is nothing like cranking up the music in your car driving to your destination and singing your heart out to a soulful song. Bottom line…I love to sing!

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