Sophie Bauer was born in Great Falls, Montana, and she spent most of her life in Minnesota. In the summer of 2015, Bauer attended the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theater Institute at Augsburg College under a scholarship. This institute is led by Nautilus Music Theater located in St. Paul, MN. There, she performed the roll of Marlena Dietrich in a scene from Fire from the Future. As well as Zerlina from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She attended Milaca High School, where she was heavily involved in band, choir, speech, and theater. Bauer has performed lead roles in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She was also very involved in Community Theater growing up in Thief River Falls and Milaca. Bauer attended Augsburg College, and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in music focusing on vocal performance. Bauer has studied under Kristi Billings, Janet Fried, and Linh Kauffman. Her degree program included classes in vocal performance and acting performance. In the Augsburg Choir, she was the soprano section leader, and was elected Vice President of the choir by her peers. Bauer is currently the soprano soloist in the Central Lutheran Choir at Central Lutheran in downtown Minneapolis under a choral scholarship through May of 2017. Bauer has received several scholarships while at Augsburg, but her greatest accomplishment has been earning the $14,550 Orville and Gertrude Hognandar scholarship. Bauer has been involved in Augapella, a student lead a ‘Capella group at Augsburg, and has arranged pieces for the group including Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with text by Rachel Kurtz. Bauer performed five recitals by the end of her time at Augsburg. Her repertoire ranges from classical music to musical theater.
I am a Minneapolis based soprano performing a variety of roles—singer, actress, songwriter. I sing poetry: Romantic era, 20th century and musical theater are my specialty. I have a particular interest in bringing Romantic poetry to life in the form of simple voice and guitar settings. Working with Nautilus Music Theater, a performing arts theater company based in St. Paul, has given me a solid foundation on authentic acting. Whether the piece is contemporary or classical, I act with a genuine and realistic approach—the most effective way to engage the audience in the art. I sing and act with my entire body. In order to capture the story of each piece, I spend significant amount of time working with just the words. Music is beautiful, and words are powerful. Together, the most beautiful art is created.