Monica Palmer and David McSpadden interview Robin Anderson and Audra Sergel on their debut albums, summer tour, and local music.
When you get a once in a lifetime opportunity, the enthusiasm and the excitement that you feel is contagious…
The ensemble joins 24 other choirs in a performance of composer and conductor Joseph Michael Martin’s Appalachian Winter: A Bluegrass Christmas.
Anderson will be on the other side of conducting at Carnegie Hall when she trades in her director’s role to sing with her choir. Until then, she will continue to ready her group of singers.
I’m passionate about creating opportunity for local musicians. We wanted to start at home to give area female artists an opportunity to showcase and network with filmmakers and attendees.
Robin Anderson, 31, is an alumna of MU’s School of Music and has lived in Columbia ever since she graduated. Anderson started out in classical music but crossed over into singing, songwriting and experimenting with pop.
Each of these areas and audiences will have a chance to learn what Columbia has known for some time — that the pair of singers are serious talents.
For singer-songwriter Robin Anderson, her delicate ballad “January Song” evokes the optimism she experienced when she was recovering from knee surgery. This collaboration between the two artists demonstrates that Columbia offers fertile ground for creative artists.
Bethel Baptist Church will host the program “Be the Love,” featuring music, art, spoken word and dance performances. Funds will go to the congregation’s effort to become, in its words, an “arts magnet church.”
Audra Sergel, her jazz quintet and six vocalists known as the Elan Singers will gather ’round the J.W. “Blind” Boone Piano for the third session of the Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone County Historical Society
“Asked to describe herself, Robin Anderson paused to think. She’s 29 and married. She’s blond. “I’m a music teacher,” she said and laughed. “I got tired of the way people reacted when I say I’m a musician.”
“I’m a huge fan of both Sergel and Anderson. Anderson is the music director at Bethel Church, so I’ve had the benefit of a front row seat for over a year….my stay in Columbia is enhanced by each of them. They are a gift to the city.”
“It is a special thing to see or hear a new work birthed into the world. Columbia audiences have the chance to enjoy that experience to the fourth power this weekend.”
“Anderson has been the music director of the church since 2013. When she’s not directing, she’s putting together songs for the group and performances on Sundays in front of worshipers.”
“Anderson has been teaching at the school for three years. She is in charge of coaching students who are part of the Jane Froman Singers, a choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of Renaissance to contemporary music.”
“These are people with something to say and, knowing what each has gone through to be able to say them, will make the experience all the more strange and special.”
“She told them she was going to learn to hoop. Although some were skeptical, she devised a practice schedule and set to work, giving them progress updates along the way via videotapes. That way, Anderson said she could show them an end result, then step back and teach them how to break up the steps to reach that point. She could relate to their challenges and teach her students how to move past them.”
“The group is comprised of 16 actors and singers in the Columbia area. They hold monthly events where they perform vignettes at the Berlin Theatre. This event will be a compilation of famous Broadway songs about love and life just in time for everyone’s (least) favorite holiday.”