Karen is a 15 year veteran of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Karen is a lyric soprano, training in classic and operatic styles. She had her introductory solo recital in 2002 at the Twin Cities Vocal Arts Studio while studying under Angela May, and performed in multiple Vocal Arts Players productions. She also plays the piano and trumpet.
Karen works at Wells Fargo Bank in Operational Risk Management and lives in St Louis Park with her husband, David, and daughter, Rose.
Lindsey’s musical escapades started at a young age; singing around the piano with her family. At Apple Valley High School she sang with Treble Choir, Valley Select Chorale, and Jazz Singers. She attended a tour of Germany, Austria and Czech Republic in 2000 with the Minnesota State High School Chorale, and sang in the musical revue called "Broadway". She has performed in high school theatre productions and received vocal instruction under Sue Buesgens. She was also involved in community theatre and continued to study music through her college education.
Lindsey began at the Minnesota Renaissance Fesitval with Cromatico in 2010, before joining the Court Revelers in 2011. Her personal interests include sewing and crafting, watching movies and napping.
Margery Fenrix is Adelaide’s "little" sister. Margery is in NO HURRY to get married and instead plans to make her fortune by training her legion of plague rats to become Phenomenally Famous Circus Plague Rats throughout the WORLD! Or at least the County. Or at least the Renaissance Festival. The only reason Adelaide disagrees is she likes rabbits better than rats. She is wrong.
Emily has been attending the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since she was five years old and has been performing with The Court Revelers since 2011. It is truly one of her greatest pleasures to sing with such a talented group of charismatic singer/performers.
Emily was trained as a soprano by Dr. Tana Field at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Emily gave a soprano/baritone recital during her junior year at Luther and has sung in three of the seven choirs at Luther College. She sang both soprano and alto in the Pike Kor (Aurora), Cathedral Choir, and Collegiate Chorale. Emily has her Bachelor’s degree in music with minors in Education and German. Since leaving Luther College, Emily has sung with her church choir, of which she is an assistant director, the South Metro Chorale, under the directorship of Loren Squires and Tim Malone.
Emily has been in many plays and musicals: HAIR, Show Boat, The Sound of Music, We Are (an original piece created at Luther College), Kabuki Lady Macbeth, and The Importance of Being Earnest, just to name a few.
Emily is a vocal music director and is currently teaching 6-12 choral music in the southwest Metro area.
Gilah Mashaal studied at both the Hartt School of Music and the University of Minnesota. While a student of Richard Cross at Hartt, she performed in Le Nozze di Figaro (as Susanna), Manon (as Manon) and La Traviata. At the University of Minnesota, she was the featured soloist in the world premiere of Libby Larson’s And Sparrows Everywhere. Gilah has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale in performances including La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, Verdi’s Requiem Mass, Beethoven’s 9th symphony, and Mozart’s Requiem Mass. While at the University of Minnesota she studied with Barbara Kiering.
Gilah started with DeCantus in their holiday season of 2010 as a soprano and was invited to make her debut at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with them in 2011 as a mezzo soprano. In 2014, she auditioned for and was accepted as a soprano in the Court Revelers, her new home where she continues to hone her talents and lend her voice in harmony with her fellow singers. She performs as Lady Isabel Villiers, Countess of Coventry.
Nan Miller is the current and founding musical and executive director of The Court Revelers. Although switching to Alto in 2015, she started as a Soprano for TCR. As musical director she guides repertoire choice, musical quality and performance excellence. In 2003 Nan along with two other alumni of The Revelers, who entertained at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and elsewhere for many years, founded TCR and many former Revelers joined the new group. Previous to TCR, Nan sang with The Revelers for three years, two of which serving as the musical director of the group.
Nan began working at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 1989 at "King of the Log" a game that has been the springboard for many performers at the festival. (2016 marks her 28 th year at MRF). Nan has sung with several community singing groups, church choirs, and small ensembles (The Geneva Eschweiler Singers, The Hot Dishes and others) in her many years of performing since leaving the University of Minnesota Chorus. She has also acted, sung and choreographed in community theatre groups over the years, and co-directed the Children’s Musical at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in south Minneapolis for over ten years. Her film credit is Midnight Chronicles (2007).
Nan loves singing and working with the ensemble that is The Court Revelers. She’s grateful to all the audience members, many of whom have become friends over the years. She says The Court Revelers is a special group, handpicked for a sound quality, a spirit of cooperative work, and a healthy dash of zany….“We make fun, family and music simultaneously!”
Becca Shaffner has been singing seriously nearly her whole life. She has been taking private vocal training since 1985 from Brad Hagen and Randy Johnson. She studied Vocal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Morris with Janet Ahern and Ken Hodgson, and performance training from the Hennepin Center for the Arts with Angela May and the workshop Performance and Movement at the Pangea Theatre with Dipankur Mukurjee.
She has been a Soloist several local churches, and has been a member of the University of MN, Morris Concert Choir; University of MN, Morris Chamber Singers; St. Peter’s Womens’ Ensemble; St. Peter’s Mixed Ensemble; Shakespeare’s Lovechild (an a capella trio) and Wrapped in Satin (a jazz/swing ensemble).
She performed in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Delano High School; A Christmas Carol, Morris Community Theatre; Messiah, University of MN; Celebration!, Delano Fine Arts Committee; Hey Big Spender, Morris Park Players; Amahl and the Night Visitors, St. Peter’s Church.
On a personal note, Becca’s dog thinks she walks entirely too slow and Becca thinks her dog has entirely too much hair. Becca’s children, ages 14, 10 and 6, think that she and the dog are nuts but love them anyway. Her husband enjoys the sitcom that has become daily life and looks on in amusement. Life is good.
Jill Kohn, a Wisconsin native, has been with The Court Revelers for over 15 years now. Having only attended a renaissance festival twice before joining the cast, she was immediately drawn to this crazy, lovable, loyal, and stupendously talented family of singers. Jill is bi-sectional (or just indecisive, starting off as an alto in the group, later deciding that she wanted to join the sopranos, and recently rejoining the "dark side" by going back to the alto section.)
In her Wisconsin years Jill was a member of Wausau East High’s Concert Choir and Camerata Singers, St. Mary’s Church Choir, and the UWSP Choral Union. Her Minnesota vocal experiences include the Macalaster College Festival Choral, Minnesota Revels ,Twin Cities Show Chorus, and various musical productions with Heritage Theatre Co. and Woodbury Community Theater.
Adelaide is the older sister of Margery, who is "Bitsy" to her "Stretch". She’s also accepting candidates for a marriage contract with her dear sister (One Sister for Sale!) — Serious inquiries only.
Adelaide loves bubbles, ponies, and small, cute fuzzy things. Jill will not comment on whether or not she shares these interests, though she does frequently cater to the demands of two small rabbits.
Suzy Harris-Ferguson fell in love with performing musically ever since her first starring role in her kindergarten class' production of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". She fostered her musical education through band and choir classes all the way through her junior high and high school years.
While in college, Suzy moved to musical theater and, later, kept up with her music by spending a summer working on a cruise ship performing in musical acts. She also sings in her church choir and was also involved in Prior Lake Players' 2015 production of "An Enchanted Evening: A Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Revue".
Suzy fell in love with the Minnesota Renaissance Festival on her first visit as a patron in 2011 and was thrilled to be asked to be a Reveler. She feels that she is "at home" with her musical family and hopes to be a member of the Court Revelers for as long as she is able.
For Rent: 1 Tenor Vocalist.
Well used, but still in great condition. Extensive experience in various school and church choirs including the Edina High School Concert Choir (1998-2000) and Edina High School Chamber Singers (1998-2000). Member of the National Junior High Honor Choir (1996). Involved in many instances of Musical Theater including such shows as The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast. Currently in training for his first run at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with the Court Revelers, and a member of the Wayzata Community Church Chancel Choir, he also has years of experience performing as a small ensemble with his family.
Upgrades on the base (bass) model include tenor range enhancement, 4 years of professional voice lessons, "lady killer eyes", and facial shag carpeting.
Bitten by the performing bug at age 10, Brad began in local children’s theaters before progressing to community and professional theaters around the Twin Cities area. He was the top singer for his school at the 2005 Solo/Ensemble Contest, as well as a performer at the 2005 Minnesota Music Educator’s Association conference. He began performing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 2009, where he was awarded the Cracked Cup Award for Best New Entertainer, as well as the Herald marketing award in 2010 and an award for Best Entertainment by a Group in 2012 with the Mermaid Cove.
He enjoys playing baseball, reading good books, and sailing. (No, really.)
We have ourselves a new tenor, his name is Ken Lauer.
He was getting kindof dirty, so we put him in the shower.
He drank up all the water, and ate up all the soap.
No he's sick at home in bed with bubbles in his throat.
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Bubble bubble POP!
Hailing from a family of musicians and performers, Adam feels right at home among his beloved Court Revelers. Ever since his break-out role singing a solo in elementary school about the mosquito being Minnesota’s state bird, Adam has been involved with music, theatre, or musical theatre in one capacity or another.
Adam has had the opportunity to perform many diverse roles in the theatre realm, ranging from the suave gangster Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls to Johnnypateenmike, the crazy old town gossip in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Among his favorite roles are Yvan in Yasmina Reza’s Art and Macduff in a Kabuki verson of *ahem* "The Scottish Play." Adam has also made appearances acting in the Twin Cities, performing for Bedlam Theatre Company and The Unit Collective.
On the music side of things, Adam has sung with numerous ensembles throughout his high school and collegiate career - most notably, Luther College’s flagship vocal ensemble, Nordic Choir. He also played trumpet for 8 years and Cello for 5 years, but is admittedly a bit rusty on both, having shifted his focus to vocal music at Luther and beyond. Adam was also chosen as a featured vocal soloist with the Luther College Concert Band for their late spring tour of Japan in 2010.
Since joining the Court Revelers in 2011, Adam has had a stupendous time and believes The Court Revelers have the best fans in all the kingdom!
A diehard Renaissance fan, David started working at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival as a street performer in 2006. This was all well and good, until one day someone mentioned that a certain singing group was looking to add new male voices. That group was The Court Revelers (“Huzzah!”). The very next week he tracked them down on the streets of the festival and said, “I hear you're looking for male voices!” He had his audition for the group right then and there and began performing with The Court Revelers (“Huzzah!”) in the 2007 season. The rest, as they say, is history.
David is a seasoned veteran of theater and music. He has performed in numerous plays and choirs and possesses a bachelor's degree in theater from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Beyond live performance, David has also dabbled in direction, makeup, stage and lighting design, and even spent a few years as the director of a small film studio.
Alex grew up in Maryland and was a frequent patron at Revel Grove, in the aptly-named town of Crownsville. After moving to Minnesota in 2011 one of his first summer adventures was to discover the local festival.
Deep in the bleak winter of ’13-’14 he decided he needed more music in his life and auditioned for The Court Revelers!
His more modern interests include waterskiing and biking.
What's a nerd to do when he wants to get his geek on?
Well in Jacob's case he decided to become a frequent patron of the Minnesota Renaissance festival, quickly falling for all the great people and the magic of the realm. He also got entangled with the Chiennoir clan, after they preyed on Jacob's weakness for bacon and beverage.
Advice from the Chiennor didn't steer him wrong at least once, when Jacob auditioned for The Court Revelers (HUZZAH!) Through dint of hard work and many private concerts in his car Jacob was successful in his audition and joined our number in the 2017 season!