American soprano Mikki Sodergren is quickly making big impressions with her talents. As the 2014 Winner of the American Traditions Competition (ATC) in Savannah, GA, Sodergren won the Courtney Knight Gaines Gold Medal, the Ben Tucker Award for Jazz Performance, and the Johnny Mercer Award for best performance of a Johnny Mercer song. Sodergren won the Silver Medal at the ATC in 2013, and was a National Semi-Finalist in the first-ever NATS Musical Theater Competition in 2012. On Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn Milnes’s blog, Schleppy Nabucco’s, she has been given special mention:
“Soprano Mikki Sodergren particularly stood out in her pieces… Her talent as a … singer continues to impress crowds and her ability to walk the line and stay on the side of sincerity when singing pieces that could easily slide into saccharine speaks volumes of her gifts. She has a magnetism that is hard to ignore; even when singing as part of the ensemble, one’s eye gravitates toward her.”
In 2013, Mikki was a Festival Artist for the inaugural season of the Savannah Voice Festival (SVF) in Savannah, GA. She participated in concerts, private events and outreach programs throughout Savannah and Tampa Bay, FL. In 2014, Mikki will be returning as a Festival Artist to cover Zerlina in the upcoming performances of Don Giovanni. SVF is part of the VOICExperience Foundation, where Mikki was a featured artist in 2012 in Orlando, FL. Mikki has also been a featured artist with the reputable International Vocal Arts Institute, singing in masterclasses, concerts, private fundraisers and opera scenes in New York, Tel Aviv, Montreal and Blacksburg, VA.
Sodergren is an alumni of Luther College where she performed extensively in opera, theater and choral performances. Mikki was seen in fully staged productions as Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Ilse (Spring Awakening). She also took part in scenes concerts and semi-staged operas, performing Carmen (Carmen), Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), and Le Renard (Le Petit Prince) and in various cabarets, concerts and a student-led choral ensemble. In her time at Luther, Sodergren premiered new works by student composers, performed two academic recitals, was a finalist in the bi-annual Concerto Competition and took second prize in the Brudos Family Award Competition for operatic promise. Mikki is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and an alumni of BUTI.
Now a resident of Manhattan, Mikki is pursuing her musical career more fully and in a more spherical sense. Upcoming performances include the cover of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in the 2014 Savannah Voice Festival and a performance with the Savannah Philharmonic in their 2014-2015 season. She recently has been seen singing with the The Cherries on Top. The Cherries are comprised of Mikki,Nicole Zuraitis, Kimberly Hawkey, andAssaf Gleizner and perform throughout greater New York. You can catch the Cherries at jazz cafés, music festivals, and private events.
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