The 2012 Shows

Here on our home page, read all about what happened at Soundfalls in 2012 so that you can have a sense of who we are as performers and participants. Everyone who comes to our shows, whether onstage or off stage, play an important role. To learn more about who we are in general, or how we began, please see Soundfalls is… | Soundfalls Institute of Live Performance

Nancy Colton

Last spring, the City of Carnation invited Soundfalls to host a Centennial celebration of music and stories by local artists at the Carnation Tree Farm’s barn. We accepted, of course! It is what we do! We picked the date, October 13th, scrambled into action, and produced an amazing show! A hearty thank you, 100 times over, to the Centennial Committee for all that you did to pull together and support us in our work, especially Lee Grumman who gave so much of herself this year to chair the committee!

The doors opened at 6 pm for a meal sponsored by the Centennial Committee, with chili (made by local chef, Annie Gerson), and cornbread (made by Colliene Becker), cookies (donated by Pepperidge Farms), and live acoustic music by Becky Chaney on accordion, George Seccombe on Mandolin, and Dan Carollo on guitar…under which we munched and mingled.

Bill Pritchard and Nancy Colton

We found the best local, organic, hand-crafted, free-range artists we could find: Becky and Martin Chaney (accordion and violin), Jack Ballard (guitar and voice), Bill Pritchard and Nancy Colton (guitar and voice), Raleigh Wilson (guitar and voice), and Dan Carollo (guitar and fiddle). Click on their names to hear their music. To hear the entire show online, punch Podacious, and sit back and enjoy!

Martin and Becky Chaney

Rhoda Bezdicek, Carnation resident, Centennial Committee representative, and member of the Soundboard Team, helped us welcome Carnation residents to the stage for some local lore: Isabel Jones, on growing up in Carnation, Jim Jordan, on being the principal of Carnation Elementary School, Roger Thoreson, on memories of his stoic grandmother and the farm, and Steve Davidson of the Davidson saw mill.  For those of you who enjoy surprise performances from the mysterious Feldspar, you should know that we aired the world premier of “Tolt! Igneous Feldspar and the Closing of the American Frontier” by Mocumentary Artist and Featured actor, Todd Powell, on large screen. For those of you who missed this, we will do what we can to show it again, as you really need to see Carnation’s history through this lens!

Jack Ballard

As these artists performed, it was apparent that they have Carnation in their hearts and minds. We must say that we’ve waited a long while to hear Jack, a town favorite, play in the barn. And Bill and Nancy, also busy artists, were equally hard to rope in. So again, this was a show not to miss! Raleigh, one of our regulars, had something very special this time: in anticipation of this event, he composed a song about Carnation. (Listen to the song on the a new website that he has made:

Roger Thoreson, Owner, Carnation Tree Farm

Also, Dan Carollo, another of Soundfalls’ favorite artists, melted our hearts and warmed our souls with his traditional Celtic sounds. Becky and Martin also surprised us with their rustic and real music. As we’ve seen in previous shows, all of these artists brought home some of the best sounds and stories that you can find in the world.

Raleigh Wilson, Local Singer Songwriter

Although we always bring in something new, we think the audience was also once again delighted to hear from some of the familiar folks of our Soundfalls team: Stacy Powell and I sang a song she wrote, Twister, to start off the show, and Byron Ricks welcomed us with his traditional dulcimer medley.

Stacy Powell

All in all we had almost 100 people, and they were either on the edges of their seats in anticipation, in tears of laughter or sweet sorrow, or munching on a yummy bowl of chili and thanking God for such strong community and the big, historic barn and lovely historic small town in which to enjoy it.


Maren and Byron

If you would like to know more, or would like to become involved, please call 424-333-6486 or email


Thank you, your host, Maren Van Nostrand



On April 28th, 2012, Claudia Schmidt joined us…

at Soundfalls with another grand performance. She played to a full house….or barn, rather! She drew us in with her stories, then colored an even clearer picture with energetic musical messages on both dulcimer, guitar and voice. Claudia Schmidt’s Official Home Page

Claudia Schmidt at Soundfalls, April, 2012

Rooftop Dogs warmed-up the stage for Ms. Schmidt. This exciting new group (Katie Parker on guitar and vocals, Pete Schroeder on bass guitar, Jesse Vernon on banjo, Jessica Bierhaus on drums, and Ashley Sullivan on vocal and fiddle), was brought to Soundfalls by Ashley Sullivan, their violinist, who also teaches many local folks, including those in the Young Artist’s quintet, Adagio Ensemble, who were also featured this same night, including Samara Cline, Paul Bartos, Bradley Bartos, Fiona Cromarty (of Carnation), and Rebecca Putnam. To see more about Ashley’s work: Encore Four — String Quartet

2012 First show of the year:

We started out the new year on February 4th, 2012, with Raleigh Wilson, three young artists, and some extended music from your hosts, and they left a lasting impression on folks…

While nipping on birthday cake in the loft after the show, many people expressed how deeply moved they were by Raleigh Wilson’s guitar and voice. This was apparent by how many of them closed their eyes in appreciation during the show as they listened to his unique compositions about his closest relationships—with life and the people in it—enhanced by Dan Horn on the Uillean Pipes and Irish flute, J.D. Wilson on trombone, and Maren on piano.This was Raleigh Wilson’s second Soundfalls appearance, now with five original songs in his repertoire. Perhaps the most outstanding moment was when he and his best friend, Rob Pitre, sang a cover of an Iron and Wine song completely a cappella with the artistry and similar blending of Simon and Garfunkel. For more of Raleigh’s original material and three of his live tracks taken from Soundfalls (the April show of 2011), connect to

We were also lucky enough to have three individuals fill the Young Artist spot for the evening: Rachel Rigsby, who played beautifully on the harp, and Elsie Dombek and her younger sister Audrey, who performed on piano. Elsie played solo and Audrey played a duet arrangement of March by Tchaikovsky with Maren.

Byron also took the stage to share more than the usual number of stories, this time with earlier memories of finding his voice, and intertwined them with noodling on the dulcimer and trumpet. And Maren, as a request from Byron, performed three pieces on piano ranging from some Edward Grieg to some jazz standards, singing along on one of them with her own birthday wish for him.

Byron Ricks, Star Humorist


You can instantly read about and listen to previous Soundfalls shows, view photos, and get directions on this web site.

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Peace to you and yours! — Maren