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    Mickens, Brenda

    Violinist from San Diego, California, who attended Northwestern University and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master’s in Music Performance.


    In 1980, she became a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Other groups with whom she has worked include the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, the Lincoln Symphony, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony.


    She and clarinetist John Anderson, oboist Valarie Mullison, violist Eric Peterson and bassist John Michael Smith performed Sergei Prokofiev’s “Quintet, Op. 39” at Ted Mann Concert Hall on 27th July 1993.


    On 28th October 2009, she was one of six musicians who joined forces with the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Chancel Choir and the National Lutheran Choir at a memorial for Dr. Paul O. Manz, longtime minister of Christian education and organist for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.


    Recordings on which she appears include:  The Best of Me by Yolanda Adams; The Collection by 98 Degrees; Gettin’ Away With Murder by Patti Austin; Home Again by New Edition; It’s Gonna Be Right by Cheryl Lynn; Kodaly:  Galanta Dances/Marosszek Dances—Bartok:  Divertimento/Romanian Dances with the SPCO; The Morning After by Deborah Cox; Rainbow by Marian Carey; and, The Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson.



    1. http://musiciansspco.org/musicians/brenda-manuel-mickens/
    2. http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=409674471&targetid=profile
    3. http://www.cathedralheritagefoundation.org/
    4. https://www.idrs.org/events/conference/Minnesota/MinTue.pdf
    5. http://www.gloriadeistpaul.org/PaulManz.html
    6. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/brenda-mickens-mn0001330567
    7. http://www.discogs.com/Kod%C3%A1ly-Bart%C3%B3k-Saint-Paul-Chamber-Orchestra-Hugh-Wolff-Divertimento-Romanian-Folk-Dances-Marossz%C3%A9k/release/2406934











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