Three Altos One Voice

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Altos with Garrison Keillor

Three Altos perform "The Water is Wide" with Garrison Keillor at the "Red Shoes and Polka Dots" Benefit for the State Theatre in Zumbrota, MN (October 11, 2009).


Three Altos at Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA, March 20 and October 30, 2015.

Three Altos perform with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, 7pm, December 6, 2013.

Three Altos Concert, December 1, 2013, at Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA.

Three Altos Concert, May 5, 2013, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth

Amy, Paula, and Sara are performing a reunion concert at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica.

Three Altos Concert, June 3, 2012. Their West Coast debut...

The altos perform at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California, where Amy now lives and works. Their first concert on the west coast AND a reunion for the three who have not performed publicly since Amy's move to CA.

One Voice CD Releasd May 8, 2010, Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium in Duluth, MN.



Three Altos create a work of inspiration | Duluth News Tribune CD Review by John Ziegler | May 6, 2010 |

Sara Thomsen, Amy Bernstein and Paula Pedersen have been making captivating music collectively for several years. This new disc [One Voice] demonstrates how their many talents and their deep friendship come together, creating a work of joy and inspiration.

The title track is the Altos’ cover of Ruth Moody’s signature tune, which fits this trio perfectly. It builds from one voice to “all of us” and speaks to the empowerment that comes from community. Eric Peltoniemiʼs “This Very Breath I Breathe” creatively describes the evolution of our planet and in an almost k.d. lang vocal style. Elise Wittʼs “Una Nuova Armonia” has a buoyant quality from the lovely harmonies and Gene Koshinskiʼs clip-clopping marimba. Steve Earleʼs “God Is God” is a converted skepticʼs belief in, and acceptance of, a higher power. Lance Rhicardʼs dobro lines give the tune that high, lonesome bluegrass feel. Carrie Newcomerʼs “Three Women” is a toast to, and a tribute to, the strong women who help anchor lives and families with their care-giving. Violinist Erin Aldridge from the DSSO and Erika Mock add tasteful violin and flute embellishments. Bobby McFerrinʼs arrangement of the “23rd Psalm” includes a verse sung in Hebrew. Sara Thomsenʼs “A Womanʼs Place” tells us that a womanʼs place is anywhere and everywhere she wants it to be.

This is a vibrant new project that achieves its intended goal of inspiring us all to peacefully work to achieve our goals and to connect with each other.


“Crisp and clear yet ethereal harmony…”
—Lavender Magazine

“Three Altos share more than just a vocal range. They're strong. Opinionated. Funny. Determined.”
—Duluth News Tribune

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