Rachel Storlie, soprano, hails from Spring Grove, MN. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and currently teaches voice at her undergraduate Alma Mater, Luther College in Decorah, IA. Recent recitals have featured works by John W. Duarte, Peter Lingen, Alban Berg, Désiré Pâque, Edvard Grieg, Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Anne-Marie Ørbeck, Leonard Bernstein, and Ned Rorem.
Storlie was published in Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum’s summer, 2019 magazine for her article “Beyond Grieg: A Legacy of Women in Norwegian Music History.” She also presented with graduate colleagues at the 2016 Midwest Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference on “Redefining Success: A Singer and Teacher’s Guide.” An avid art song researcher and collector, Storlie was awarded grants from both UNI and Luther College to study obscure or underappreciated composers from Belgium and Croatia. Her singing adventures have taken her from the midwest to Europe, but a surprising Russian-Italian connection led to her Weill Recital (Carnegie) Hall debut in 2018. Storlie looks forward to an autumn performance at Luther College of Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” as well as a touring recital of songs by Thea Musgrave, Aaron Copland, André Previn, Ivana Lang, Dora Pejačević, and Božidar Kunc (Croatian focus) in spring 2020 with collaborative artist Nicholas Shaneyfelt.
When not teaching or singing, you can find Storlie at home in the loft of Trinity Lutheran Church (Spring Grove, MN) where she serves as organist, or prepping the exterior of her Victorian home for a facelift with husband David. Each June, Storlie co-leads two weeks of Norwegian Ridge Language and Culture Camp for area youth, before collapsing for a few days of rest! The couple enjoys travelling, cooking, and staying active with the town’s Nordic heritage and theater scene at Ye Olde Opera House. Storlie bids you “Velkommen til Spring Grove!”