Soprano creates art with her voice |

Soprano creates art with her voice


KEYSTONE – Boulder resident Carolyn Val-Schmidt is an artist, but she doesn’t use paint, charcoal, canvas or clay to craft her works.”Singing is like creating a sculpture in the air,” Val-Schmidt said.The soprano is performing from 7-8:45 p.m. Friday in “Four Harps and a Soprano” at The Pavilion at Keystone, located at 140 Ida Belle Dr. The evening will include classical and modern music on four harps and will feature Val-Schmidt’s vocals.”It’s a wonderful experience to play with these four fabulous harpists,” she said.She added that the show should be fun, because it moves quickly and includes pieces for everyone. She even had a special outfit made for the event.”I wanted it to be very flowy, since I’m moving on and off stage so much,” Val-Schmidt said.She received her two music degrees from the University of Illinois and attended The Julliard School’s American Opera Center.She has sung in 13 languages, including German, French, Spanish, Latin and Italian.”I love singing in different languages,” Val-Schmidt said. “It’s like having a buffet, and you can take whatever sounds and tastes you want.”This accomplished Elmhurst, Ill., native has performed at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera and has presented master classes at several universities. She has also been a guest artist with various orchestras and chorales in the Denver area.”I’ve been singing since I was a kid,” she said. “My whole family sang. We used to sit around the piano after dinner, and we would all sing while my father played piano.” She said when she sings she feels like she is completely herself.”As an American artist I feel privileged to sing whatever music I want to,” she said. “Plus, I love the connection when you’re singing. You’re energy comes out and goes into the audience and comes back to you … there’s this big circle.”Tickets for Friday’s performance are $15 for general admission. Call (800) 354-4FUN for more information. Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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