Sinai Festival Sounds Concert
Sinai Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska, is pleased to announce the final offering of the 2019-2020 Sinai Festival Sounds series. Soprano Nola Jeanpierre will perform the program, accompanied by her aunt, pianist Dr. Claudette Valentine. The concert will be on Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m.
Nola Jeanpierre is a virtuoso soprano who has performed with the Des Moines Symphony, San Francisco Opera Company, Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Omaha Community Playhouse, Center Stage Community Theatre, Opera Omaha, and Cathedral Arts Project. Ms. Jeanpierre has performed with prestigious performers such as Paul Horn, Quincy Jones, and Tae Diggs. It was her honor to also perform for the King of Sweden, Gustav XVI.
Ms. Jeanpierre received vocal coaching from Professor Leroy Brandt at San Jose State University, and Dr. John Zei and Dr. Robert Ritz at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently the choral director at Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Church in Omaha, soloist and assistant director for New Life Presbyterian Church and director of the Pratt Street Summer Youth Program and After School Community Program.
One of Ms. Jeanpierre’s greatest joys is teaching voice to students and adults who love music but are not necessarily professional level performers. Her love for music extends to performing with her family in their group Diva 3, which consists of her aunt, Dr. Claudette Valentine, as accompanist; her daughter, Carole Jeanpierre Finch; granddaughter Elyssia Finch; and her sister, the Reverend Johnice Orduna.
Dr. Claudette Valentine is a gifted pianist and long-time teacher of piano pedagogy. She received her master’s degree in piano performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a second master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also received her doctorate.
Dr. Valentine has served as an adjunct professor of piano at Creighton University and as director of the Creighton University Gospel Choir. In addition, she was musical director for Omaha Community Playhouse, Chanticleer Theater, and Center Stage Community Theater, where she directed the international award-winning production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Japan.
Currently, Dr. Valentine is the Minister of Music at New Life Presbyterian Church and is in her sixth decade of teaching piano pedagogy at the acclaimed Valentine Music Studio.
Admission to this concert is free, although freewill donations are welcomed. The church is located at 950 East 8th Street in Fremont. Information about programs for the 2020-2021 series will be available at that time.