When we think about church, we don't always think about art. We spend a lot of time exploring and sharing our spirituality through prose, but not much time on any other type of expression. Living Spirit welcomes artists into our midst for residencies that bring creativity to the church and help us to think spiritually and artistically. Below, you can "meet" our current Artists in Residence.
Mike Alexander, Horn Player
An accomplished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, Mike Alexander enjoys a varied orchestral and freelance career, performing regularly in orchestras across the United States including the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera here in the Twin Cities. Mike has appeared as a soloist with the New England Conservatory's Philharmonia Orchestra, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Itasca Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, he participated in a residency at the Kennedy Center as a representative of the Eastman School of Music.
Mike Alexander holds a Master's Degree in Horn Performance from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor's in Horn Performance with Artist Diploma from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, Mike is the horn instructor at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.
Ivory Doublette, Singer
Ivory Doublette has been performing in and around the Twin Cities since 2006. She has appeared at The Children’s Theatre Company, Rochester Repertory, Illusion Theater, The University Of Minnesota Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Christian Media Arts, Interact Theater, Old Log, The Marriott in Lincolnshire, IL, Nautilus Music Theatre, and History Comes to Life. Ivory recently returned to Minnesota after spending time on the West Coast where she performed with Mainstreet Theatre in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Aside from theater, Ivory loves being active in her church, Zion Baptist, and teaching early childhood music and theater classes. Ivory has been singing with her family’s Gospel quartet, SeVy ("say-v") for over 20 years.
Christine Free, Singer
Christine FREE Belfrey is a multidimensional artist: singer/songwriter, published author, recording artist, and educator. She is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Key of Faith COGIC. Presently, she is attending Luther Seminary as a M.Div Student where she is a ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholar Recipient. In addition, she is an ELCA Glocal Musician as a Worship Leader. She has directed and led choirs and worship teams throughout the past 12 years. She has been featured as a emcee and performer throughout the Twin Cities metro area where her ultimate message is to inspire, educate & empower! Christine shares her talent with Living Spirit as a song leader.
Karrie Puckett, Dancer
Karrie Puckett is a member of Living Spirit as well as a talented dancer. She attended University of Jamestown on a dance scholarship, and now works at Lundstrum Performing Arts in north Minneapolis. Karrie shares her gift of liturgical dance with Living Spirit and offers "Rhythm and Grace," hip-hop dance/movement lessons for both children and adults. There is a (completely optional) performance opportunity at the end of each session.