Vocalist, Vocal Coach, Entertainer

Connie Olson Presents Showcase 2012!

Martha Alkins

Martha is a veterinary technician who has been working with Connie for two years. Last summer, Martha had the great pleasure of recording an EP at WildSound Studio. She released that EP at Famous Dave’s last October and has been working towards getting it booked to sing at different venues.

Martha will be selling her EP at the Showcase and hopes all who listen to her will enjoy the music as much as she enjoys performing! Many thanks to Connie for all you do!


MaKenzie DeGracia-Sytsma

MaKenzie is 13 years old and lives in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is in the 7th grade at Beacon Prep school. She has been participating in school musical productions and talent shows since pre-school and has wanted to sing since her first public performance at the age of two. Besides singing, MaKenzie enjoys dance. She is currently studying hip-hop and has previous training in ballet and tap. She has found that her dance training as well as her participation in sports such as kick-boxing and volleyball give her the discipline and breath control that are so important in vocal training. She has a talent for rhythm and loves to challenge herself to grow her talents. Her long-term goals include auditioning for “The X Factor” and a career as a singer.

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.


Sally Leder

It is hard to believe that this is the fifth year I have appeared in Connie’s showcase. Where has the time gone? I have learned so much in these wonderful years. And I have discovered that I especially love swing and jazz, so this is what my play list mainly consists of. Two years ago, I was fortunate to have one of my dreams come true. With Connie’s encouragement, I recorded an EP with some of the top musicians in town and it has been played on several jazz stations around the country. What a thrill! I hope to keep singing as long as I can because it is my passion and gives me so much joy. I am looking forward to sharing my joy with you.

Melissa Monson

Melissa Monson is 24 years old and is a recent graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She loves to listen to a wide range of musical genres including pop, rock, country, and hip-hop, but her favorite is classic rock. Melissa has loved to sing ever since she could remember, but only started taking lessons with Connie Olson this spring. Even though she has never taken lessons until now, she is progressing quickly and is excited to expand her vocal skills and knowledge. Currently, she is also learning to play the electric guitar.


Maryann Sullivan

Maryann Sullivan’s passion for jazz began at an early age, when her father, a local trumpeter, played his jazz records in their home. She studied music in college, and played flute and saxophone in the Augsburg Jazz program. Maryann is also an on-air radio personality and voice talent in the Twin Cities, and has worked in a variety of radio formats and settings. She has recently taken her love of jazz to the next stage, venturing out as a singer. Maryann loves to swing, and takes classics from the books of famous singers such as Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, and other great swingers. She is equally at home singing recognizable standards as well as many lesser-known tunes, and puts her unique stamp on everything she sings.

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