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Nybos set to perform for Chautauqua series

June 21, 2013
By Chris Bieri - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

Dan and MiChelle Nybo have been performing together since college.

Since then, the husband and wife duo from Leeds have developed a musical familiarity that is evident in their performances.

The Nybo's homespun style will be on display when they perform as part of Chautauqua 2013 on Wednesday, June 26, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake.

"We've always worked together on musical projects," MiChelle Nybo said. "You learn to read each other's cues."

Tickets are available at the door on the night of the performance and Nybo said they traditionally have sold for $10 per ticket.

Nybo said this year's performance will be similar to last year's, with MiChelle performing both piano and vocal numbers and Dan accompanying on the organ.

She said the tunes will range from jazz, classical and Spanish songs to sacred songs both classical and contemporary.

"We try to do an eclectic mix," Nybo said. "I've got a friend who is joining me on one of the jazz pieces, adding some percussion. Hopefully, there's something for everyone."

The Nybos first started playing together at Mayville State, before the became a couple.

Since then, music has become a big part of their lives. Both are teachers in Leeds, with Dan teaching sixth grade, while MiChelle teaches vocal music to all grades.

The couple are familiar to many in Rugby.

"Dan was the organist at Bethany for a period of time, until five or six years ago," she said. "Both Dan and I have done a lot of music there (in Rugby) in the churches for weddings, funerals and special occasions."

The Chautauqua series allows the duo to do some of their favorites and also work in a few new numbers.

"We pretty much just draw on our past experiences, things people have asked us to play in the past or things that have caught our ear in the past," Nybo said. "There are a few songs I've heard but haven't had a chance to learn (until now)."

Nybo said she is hoping for a comparable turnout from last year's Chautauqua series, where the Nybos also performed.

"It was a very good turnout, we were very pleased with it," she said. "It's always an honor to be asked back. We're not professional performers, we just have a passion for music so we hope people enjoy it."



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