Darlene Koldenhoven

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Darlene Koldenhoven
Headshot of Darlene Koldenhoven directly facing the camera.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDarlene Koldenhoven
BornChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)vocalist, pianist, songwriter
LabelsTimeArt Recordings

Darlene Koldenhoven (born October 9, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician. Koldenhoven won a Grammy Award for her singing.[1]



recipient and is a three-time Grammy nominee for the lead soprano in Clare Fischer's 2+2.

She was the featured soprano soloist in the PBS television special, Yanni, Live at the Acropolis,[2] and in Grammy Winner Ricky Kej's "Shanti Samsara" concerts/videos in Bangalore, India,[3] for consciousness awareness.

Koldenhoven has an MVP award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys) for "Best Studio Singer" for singing[4][better source needed] in venues including movies, television, albums/CDs, commercials, video games, live shows.

She has a Platinum album for her vocal work on Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason".[5] She earned a Gold album as the tambourine-waving choir nun in both Sister Act[4][better source needed] films with Whoopi Goldberg and off-camera as the production vocal coach, vocal contractor, and music director. She has two Telley Awards for her song/video, "Love is an Action Word". Her albums have debuted or gone to #1 on the ZMR Radio Charts[6] and have been voted by Broadcasters worldwide Best Vocal Album 2007 Infinite Voice,[7] Best Holiday Album 2007 Heavenly Peace,[7] a Nomination for Best Vocal Album 2011 Solitary Treasures and a Nomination for Best Piano Album with Instrumentation 2014 Tranquil Times.[8]

Author and educator[edit]

In 2007 Koldenhoven released a music education book with instructional CDs called Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear).[9] As a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, she presented seminars on voice and composing for voice, as well as seminars for the Nebraska Music Educators Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She served on the NARAS Board of Trustees for two terms, was a Los Angeles Chapter Second Vice President for one term, and Governor for six years.

Partial discography[edit]

  • Color Me Home (2017)
  • Tranquil Times (2013)


  1. ^ "Awards". grammy.com. 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Yanni-Aria – Live at The Acropolis (HD) Athens/Greece".
  3. ^ Ricky Kej (22 August 2016). "Ricky Kej – One Song – Grammy Winner – With Rocky Dawuni" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ a b "Darlene Koldenhoven". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Darlene Koldenhoven – Credits". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". www.zonemusicreporter.com.
  7. ^ a b "NAR 2007 Lifestyle Music Award Winners". www.zonemusicreporter.com.
  8. ^ "ZMR Music Awards Live Show Nominees". www.zonemusicreporter.com.
  9. ^ Koldenhoven, Darlene (2007). Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear: High Voice. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN 9780978956233.

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