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IMPORTANT

EXCITING ANNUAL MINNESOTA COMPETITIONS
  CREATED BY THE LIABRAATENS IN 2004
MUSIC SHOLARSHIP & CD DEMO OPPORTUNITIES

"IRON RANGE IDOL"
"TWIN PORTS IDOL"


UPDATE FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM
NEW RECORD NUMBER OF
STUDENT DEMO RELEASES

$211,000 Donated


CD Demo Release Party at the Hibbing Memorial Building. More than 20 CD projects by up-and-coming Minnesota singers, musicians, songwriters, and artists will be released simultaneously ~ the largest single release day in the Midwest! For more information or to reserve seating please call toll-free (800) 248-7225.

Obliterating our previous record of 10 (ten) simultaneous CD releases, on December 14th,  TWENTY AWARD-WINNING STUDENTS OF CRAIG LIABRAATEN RELEASED THEIR LATEST COMPACT DISCS ON THE SAME DAY, AN EVENT UNPRECEDENTED EVEN AMONG MAJOR STUDIOS IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS.


These gifted young artists of all ages captured their student demo awards at the annual LiaBraaten Studio Awards Recital held each Spring in Northern Minnesota. These unique awards, valued at $600 to $1,000 are sponsored and fully funded by the LiaBraaten Teaching Studios of Hibbing, Eveleth, and Ely Minnesota in partnership with Living Water Music Recording Studios, Inc.  Student Demo Scholarships are performance-based awards determined by a panel of professional musicians (adjudicators) who determine a point total for each of the Finalists. The sum total of these twenty scholarships was nearly $20,000, which brings the grand total in scholarships awarded by LiaBraaten since 1994 to a total of over $211,000.  No other private studio in Minnesota is doing this, and we are both pleased and humbled by the tremendous impact these awards have on the students.

Our motto: "Listen to your Heart, Follow your Dream...and Reach for the Stars"

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HERE ARE OUR MOST CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Iron Range Music Scholarship Winners
AWARD-WINNING PROTEGES OF CRAIG LIABRAATEN
FRONT ROW: EMILIE WIVODA OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
ALEXANDRA CRUM OF CHISHOLM, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST-SONGWRITER),
KEKE SIRJORD OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
RACHEL EASTMAN OF ZIM, MINNESOTA (PIANIST, VOCALIST)
MEGHAN BITTNER OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
BACK ROW: JACOB RAHIER OF BIGFORK, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
HEIDI KING OF KEEWATIN, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
CASSIE WENBERG OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
JENNA MASSINGILL OF KEEWATIN, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
MEGAN VIDAS OF EVELETH, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
ERIKA BAUMAN OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
NEAL SULLIVAN OF NASHWAUK, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
KELY BAXTER OF AURORA, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
NONA LENDACKY OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (SONGWRITER-VOCALIST),
REV. JAMES KANE OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (SONGWRITER-VOCALIST)
NOT PICTURED: ALEX SCHLOTEC OF EVELETH, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
CARSON RODGERS OF GILBERT, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
ANGIE SKIPPER OF LAKE VERMILLION, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
CHARITY AULTMAN OF EVELETH, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
BRANDON MONSON OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
HANNAH JOKI OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
KELSEY MAYRY OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
KAILY MAYRY OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
GRACE BEFERA OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST),
JESSICA BEFERA OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA (PIANIST),
SEAN PETERLIN OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, PIANIST)
TOGETHER THESE STUDENTS WERE AWARDED MORE THAN
$18,000 IN MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS AND CD DEMO RECORDINGS.
SINCE 1994 LIVING WATER MUSIC, INC. AND THE LIABRAATEN
TEACHING STUDIOS HAVE AWARDED MORE THAN $211,000
TO YOUNG MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS, COMPOSERS FROM MINNESOTA.
TO INQUIRE ABOUT OUR MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS CLICK HERE

LiaBraaten Studio 2004 Awards Finalists

HERE THE AWARD-WINNING MUSIC STUDENTS OF
CRAIG LIABRAATEN GATHER IN THE RECORDING STUDIO
AT 2225 FIRST AVENUE, HIBBING, MINNESOTA

CD Demo Recording Award Scholarships Minnesota

HERE THE AWARD-WINNING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
APPEAR IN THE FRONT LOBBY OF LIVING WATER MUSIC, INC.
THESE YOUNG ARTISTS ARE THE CREAM OF THE CROP
THEY ARE BUSY CREATING THEIR OWN ORIGINAL CDS
SPEAKING OF CURRENT NEWS
HERE ARE THE LATEST STUDENT CD DEMO RELEASES

5 CD Demos Released Simultaneously
Our Talented CD winners are:

Jacob Rahier 2004 CD Demo
   * Jacob Rahier, Vocalist (Bigfork, MN)
James Kane 2004 CD Demo ~ Living Water Music, Inc.
   * Rev. James Kane, Songwriter-Vocalist (Virginia, MN)
Heidi King 2004 CD Demo ~ Living Water Music, Inc.
   * Heidi King, Pianist (Keewatin, MN)
2004 Alexandra Crum CD Demo ~ Living Water Music, Inc.
   * Alexandra Crum, Songwriter-Vocalist (Chisholm, MN)
2004 Keke Sirjord Student Demo CD ~ Living Water Music, Inc.
   * Keke Sirjord, Pianist (Hibbing, MN)

Our program was a combination CD Release Party for these five award-winning students, and also a "LiaBraaten Christmas Singalong"

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Andrea Cole
Andrea Cole, CD Demo Winner:  LiaBraaten Teaching Studios

Scholarship recipients releasing their SECOND CD include:
Meghan Bittner, Hibbing Minnesota (Vocalist)
Andrea Cole, Bigfork Minnesota (Vocalist)
Dustin Davidson, Hibbing Minnesota (Composer-Arranger, Pianist)
Brittany Geiselman, Hibbing Minnesota (Vocalist)
Heidi King, Keewatin Minnesota (Pianist)
James Lekatz, Virginia Minnesota (Pianist, Composer)
  Lisa Sorenson, Hibbing Minnesota (Vocalist)

Four Piano Students

More proteges of Craig LiaBraaten who have performed on student demo CD and Cassette Recordings funded and awarded by LiaBraaten:

  • BRITTANY AULTMAN OF BUHL, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • VANESSA AULTMAN OF BUHL, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • ERIKA BAUMAN OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • MEGHAN BITTNER OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • BRITTNEY BLAIR OF NASHWAUK, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • KARI BUSIAHN OF BABBITT, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • MAREN CARLSON OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • ANDREA COLE OF BIGFORK, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • MORGAN COSSETTE OF BABBITT, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • DUSTIN DAVIDSON OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST, COMPOSER)
  • ALENA DEMILLO OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • RACHEL EASTMAN OF ZIM, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, PIANIST)
  • BRITTANY GEISELMAN OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • AMANDA GOERDT OF ZIM, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • LAURA GRIFFITHS OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • ERIN HAINLEN OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, PIANIST)
  • GRANT HALEY OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (GUITARIST)
  • MELISSA HAUGEN OF EVELETH, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • GUS HULIN OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, COMPOSER)
  • MOLLY HULIN OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST, COMPOSER)
  • KATHIE KAROLCZAK OF AURORA, MINNESOTA (ORGANIST, VOCALIST)
  • DEANNA KERNTZ OF ELY, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • HEIDI KING OF KEEWATIN, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • MATT LAHAY OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (GUITARIST)
  • JAMES LEKATZ OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (PIANIST, COMPOSER)
  • NICOLLETTE LEUSTEK OF ELY, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • JENNA MASSINGILL OF NASHWAUK, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • JESSICA MICHAELS OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • KRISTINE MICHAELS OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • CHARLOTTE MINIER OF ELY, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • DORAN NEWTON OF GRAND RAPIDS, MINNESOTA (SONGWRITER)
  • ISAAC NIEBELING OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • KATRI NYSSONNEN OF ELY, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • JILL ORESKOVICH OF BRITT, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • KATIE PACKA OF CHERRY, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • MICHELLE PACKA OF CHERRY, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • AMY PARKER OF SOLON SPRINGS, WISCONSIN (VOCALIST)
  • MARGARET PERKO OF EVELETH, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • NIKKI RABBERS OF GRAND RAPIDS, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • JACOB RAHIER OF EFFIE, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • LINDSEY RIDDELL OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • STEPHANIE RODGERS OF GILBERT, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • APRIL SWARTZ OF AURORA, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • MICHAEL SCIPIONI OF VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • EMILY SHACKELTON OF BIWABIK, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, PIANIST)
  • TISHA SHEPERSKY OF CHISHOLM, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • MOLLY SHIELDS OF MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • KEKE SIRJORD OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • LISA SORENSON OF CHISHOLM, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, PIANIST)
  • NEAL SULLIVAN OF NASHWAUK, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • GWEN SWANSON OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • LINDSAY VANDELINDER OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • MEGAN VIDAS OF EVELETH, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST)
  • IAN WILLIAMS OF AURORA, MINNESOTA (PIANIST, COMPOSER-ARRANGER)
  • JOHN ZANOTTI OF IRON, MINNESOTA (PIANIST)
  • ALYSSA ZARNKE OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA (VOCALIST, PIANIST)

  • Special note: At the ripe young age of just NINE years old, Brittany Geiselman
    of Hibbing is our youngest CD artist ever!! Congratulations!!!
    Eat your heart out, Britney Spears & Leanne Rimes!!!!!!!

    Brittany Geiselman
    Brittany Geiselman really knows how to turn the world on its head!!!  Go girl!!!

    UNPRECEDENTED CD RELEASE IN MINNESOTA

    10 CD Demos Released Simultaneously ~ WOW!


    Craig LiaBraaten's students
    were featured in Duluth and Hibbing
    newspapers upon the release of 10 student demos simultaneously ~ an event unprecedented in Northern Minnesota. The Duluth article is available on-line at www.duluthnews.com (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998)

    CURRENT NEWS LINK (January 2000)

    AND THEN WE BROKE THAT RECORD, TOO!!!

    20 CD Demos Released Simultaneously ~ UNPRECEDENTED!!!!!

    TWENTY  of Craig LiaBraaten's award-winning students were featured on the front page of the Hibbing Daily Tribune (December 15th, 1999) ~ highlighting the single largest simultaneous release by ANY music studio or recording studio in Minnesota.

    CD Demo Release Party Minnesota Wisconsin

    TWENTY full-length CDs were issued by solo artists from towns all across Northern Minnesota:

    • Aurora, Minnesota
    • Babbitt, Minnesota
    • Biwabik, Minnesota
    • Buhl, Minnesota
    • Cherry, Minnesota
    • Chisholm, Minnesota
    • Ely, Minnesota
    • Gilbert, Minnesota
    • Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    • Hibbing, Minnesota
    • Orr, Minnesota
    • Virginia, Minnesota

    Other special artists to release their CDs this Christmas through
    Living Water Music, Inc. include the following:
    Doran Newton, Grand Rapids (Songwriter, Vocalist)
    Orr High School Bands, Choirs & Soloists (Holiday Program)
    Ely High School & Junior High Bands (Holiday Programs)
    Bovey High School & Junior High Choirs (Special Programs)
    Greenway Coleraine High School & Junior High Bands (Special Programs)
    Jerry LiaBraaten, Hibbing (Fly Old Glory for Marching Band)

    *and a certain mystery artist known only to his immediate family, who released a
    compilation of previously recorded material as a gift to the family*

    Craig LiaBraaten

    Dance Line Danceline DJ Minnesota Wisconsin
    Recently Living Water Music, Inc. Provided Professional DJs, Sound & Lighting
    for the University of Minnesota Dance Line Dance Team

    Considering LiaBraaten's performance schedule during the month of December also included THIRTY shows in TWENTY days, this past holiday season was exceedingly busy for the studio. It sure is a blessing to be so much in demand!

    Keep your eyes peeled here for the next installment on what is happening to impact the lives of young musicians all across the Northland.



    NEWS LINK

    LiaBraaten's students were featured in the Duluth and Hibbing newspapers recently upon the release of 10 student demos simultaneously, an event unprecedented in Northern Minnesota. The Duluth article is available on-line at www.duluthnews.com (Tuesday, Oct. 27). See also Available Recordings and our "Catalog" on the task bar at the top of this page.

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