Claudia Schmidt

Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground, beginning with a stirring rendition of "Tammy" at age 4 around a neighborhood bonfire. Then came years of choirs, a guitar, a dulcimer, and some theatre thrown into the pot.

Twenty-six years as a touring professional have found her traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded eleven albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring here acclaimed12 string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

A musician who has always hated categories, she describes herself as a "creative noisemaker," which has irritated some critics but delighted many audiences, who learn to expect anything at a Schmidt concert, hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her live performances are not to be missed. Her musicality is astonishing. Her joy and love of performing are contagious. She can weave the elements of music and stage into a program so unified and full of life that one critic has described a Claudia Schmidt concert as "....a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory, and you know you'll never be the same again."

Community Sing Song Leader
Saturday Feb. 5, 8 p.m


Giving Life to the Spoken Word / 12:20 to 1:20
Want to make words jump off the page, stand up and shout? This workshop will show you how to infuse a poem, story or speech with vital energy, how to catch and hold the attention of your audience. Together, singer/storyteller Claudia Schmidt and poet Ruelaine Stokes will teach basic oral performance techniques that will bring a jolt of authentic soul power and verbal magic into any spoken word performance. This workshop will be interactive and allow participants to practice a variety of spoken word techniques. Fun!

Claudia's Cornucopia / 1:40 to 2:40
Claudia's favorite introduction ever was from a presenter in Rochester, Mn.,
who said, Claudia Schmidt brings honor to the word "Hodge-Podge". Let this
workshop celebrate that ongoing tradition by including a little jazz and
blues, a taste of original, novelty, and poignant gems. From "Fever" to
"While I Live" to "Everybody Eats When They Come To My House", an emotionalm
roller-coaster ride is guaranteed.


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