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Nebraska’s Own: James Barnett

January 12 @ 5:30 pm

Nebraska's Own James Barnett

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About James Barnett

James Barnett, DMA is an active pianist and conductor known for his work as an art song recitalist and chamber music pianist. As an ardent supporter of new and forgotten music, he has created a salon recital series (LOFTrecital) in Minneapolis, MN, focused on neglected works and composers. In addition to the recital series, Barnett has just launched Metamorphosis Opera Theater (MOT), a new company that pushes the conventions of opera through performances of lesser-known works.

Barnett’s career in opera started in the summer of 2007 at Des Moines Metro Opera where he served as a coach and rehearsal pianist in the James M. Collier Apprentice Program. Since then, he has been involved in numerous productions with the University of Minnesota Opera Theater, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grand Valley State University as well as producing numerous operatic performances for such organizations as Heifer International and Feed My Starving Children. He also attended Songfest, a program devoted to the study of Art Song, where he worked with pianists Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson.

He has been a featured pianist with many companies and academic institutions across the country, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Minnesota Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, The University of Minnesota, Grand Valley State University, Up North Vocal Institute, and OperaNEO.

When not performing, he is an active teacher having been on staff at Grand Valley State University, Up North Vocal Institute, and Minnesota Operaʼs Opera Artist+ Summer Camp. Barnett is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Piano Accompanying/ Vocal Coaching at the University of Minnesota. Major musical influences in his life include James and Karen Johnson, and Z. Randall Stroope.

About Kristin Lelm

Kristin Lelm

American soprano and instructor of voice and piano, Kristin Bell Lelm, studied at East Peoria Community High School. She graduated in 2007 from Bradley University, where she studied vocal performance with Dr. Kerry Walters and performed with the Bradley Chorale and Chamber Singers. She is a winner of the Bradley Symphony Orchestra Concert-Aria Competition and won the 2007-2008 Presser Award. She obtained her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University, under the study of Jane Bunnell.

Kristin Lelm’s opera roles include Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Sister Genevieve in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and as Euridice in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. In March 2009, she performed the role of Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at the Reskin Theater.

Kristin is an active soloist at St. James Lutheran Church and School in Chicago and sings with the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of Riccardo Muti. She also maintains a private voice and piano studio.

About Anne Nagosky

Anne Nagosky been a full-time violinist with the Omaha Symphony since 1998. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in music and psychology from Washington University in St.Louis, and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. Her principal violin teachers were Mimi Zweig, Nina Bodnar, David Halen and Gerardo Ribeiro.

In addition to her work with the Symphony, Anne is an active performer in the Omaha area and has appeared on numerous chamber music series. Her other professional passion lies in teaching and she is the director of a large private studio of pre-college violinists and violists, ranging in age from 3 to 18. Her students are featured regularly with the Omaha Symphony and in other local events, and they have won and placed in competitions at the local, regional and national levels. Anne is also involved with various educational and outreach programs of the Omaha Symphony and the Omaha Chamber Music Society. In 2008, she received the “Outstanding String Educator” award from the Nebraska chapter of the American String Teachers Association and in 2011 she accepted the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Nebraska Music Teachers Association, the state chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. More recently, her studio has been featured in articles in the Omaha World-Herald and Her Family Magazine.

Outside of music, Anne most enjoys reading and traveling: her favorite destinations (so far) have been Turkey, Israel, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

About Tim Strang

Tim Strang

Tim Strang joined the Omaha Symphony in the fall of 2011. A native of Davenport, Iowa, he began his cello studies at the age of 9 in a public school music program, and soon after began lessons with Janina Ehrlich at Augustana College. In high school, he performed with the Augustana College Orchestra and Quad City Symphony, as well as the Quad City Youth Symphony, of which he was principal cellist. He also appeared with the QCYSO as soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. He went on to receive degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan in cello performance, studying with Felix Wang and Anthony Elliott, respectively. He graduated from Vanderbilt summa cum laude as a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt scholar and recipient of the Jean Keller Heard String prize. At Vanderbilt, he had many opportunities to perform new music, performing on the BMI composer in residence series and as part of a composition workshop exchange with the Royal Academy of Music in London. This passion continued in Ann Arbor, where he performed with U of M’s new music ensemble. He has performed in the summer at Round Top, Aspen, and with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. In addition to playing with the symphony, Tim plays for the Omaha Chamber Music Society and other chamber music groups, as well as teaching private cello students.


January 12
5:30 pm


Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 S. 114th Street
Omaha, NE 68144 United States
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