Vocalist, Vocal Coach, Entertainer

Join us for the 2103 Showcase of Stars!



Connie Olson Presents!
Showcase 2013
Famous Daves BBQ & Blues Club

June 9, 2013 5:00 p.m.

The Band

Brian Ziemniak – Keyboards
Rick Carlson – Keyboards
Graydon Peterson – Bass
Vinnie Rose – Guitar
Haralds Bondaris – Drums
Scott Fultz – Saxophone
Connie Olson – Vocals

Special Guests: Deb Brown Ali Washington

Special thanks to the members of the band for their time and for giving these new performers such a unique experience.


Martha AlkinsMartha Alkins

This is my fourth showcase with Connie. It’s been great having her in my life and having my music back. I still take care of Izzy, Connie’s cat. He’s twenty-two years old and going strong. I also have the great pleasure of being part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival this summer. I’m looking forward to that!

Bryan BassettBryan Bassett

Bryan was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and raised in Freeport, Bahamas in the Caribbean. He’s been in music just about all of his life playing in several bands. Music is his passion. He has auditioned for the X-Factor and America’s Got Talent. He loves biking, bowling and sometimes boxing and hanging out with his friends.

MaKenzie DeGraicaMaKenzie DeGracia-Sytsma

MaKenzie is an 8th grader in Bloomington, MN who describes herself as loving, funny, and outgoing.  While her interests are many, she particularly likes to sing, dance, shop, and watch movies. Highlights of the past year include a trip to Turkey over Christmas and her first session in a recording studio, a place where she hopes to spend a lot of time in the future.

Rebecca FogelRebecca 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. She performed with her Dad at ARC’s gala benefit in February of this year. Her iPod contains an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, rock and roll and show tunes. She is hard to beat at music trivia games! 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 LederSally Leder

Sally is in her sixth year of working with Connie, and it has been a great experience.  She has learned so much about music and performing. Sally’s number one interest is Jazz and Swing.  She loves the big band sound and the Jazz trio or quartet.  Some of her favorite singers are Frank Sinatra, Steve Tyrell, June Christy, Nina Simone and of late, Peggy Lee. Sally says that singing makes a gloomy day feel sunny and happy.

Barbara McKernanBarbara McKernan

Barbara’s first love is music – from Baroque to Bruce Springsteen, everything in between and more!  She remembers memorizing and singing songs off the radio when she was five years old.  She has been in choirs and chorales ever since, but rarely sang solo until she met the wonderfully encouraging voice coach, Connie Olson.  She also plays recorders in an Early Music quartet out of the St. Paul Conservatory.


2013 Showcase Program

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