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Darlene Koldenhoven

Darlene Koldenhoven (born October 9, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician.

Darlene Koldenhoven
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Background information
Birth name Darlene Koldenhoven
Born Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s) vocalist, pianist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels TimeArt Recordings




Koldenhoven has a Grammy Award[1] and three Grammy Nominations as lead soprano in Clare Fischer's 2+2. She is known globally as the featured soprano soloist in the PBS television special and DVD, "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis",[2] and in Grammy Winner Ricky Kej's "Shanti Samsara" concerts/videos in Bangalore, India [3] for environmental consciousness. 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 on[4][better source needed] thousand of recordings in movies, television, albums/CDs, commercials, video games, live shows and more. She has a Platinum album for her vocal work on Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason".[5] She has a Gold album from and is also known worldwide 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 for 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]

Partial discographyEdit

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

Author and educatorEdit

In 2007 Koldenhoven released a music education book with instructional CDs called Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear (ISBN 978-0978956233, 978-0978956240), distributed by Alfred Music. As a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, she has presented seminars on the voice and composing for the voice, as well as seminars for the Nebraska Music Educators Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She also 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.


  1. ^ "Awards". 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". AllMusic. 
  6. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". 
  7. ^ a b "NAR 2007 Lifestyle Music Award Winners". 
  8. ^ "ZMR Music Awards Live Show Nominees". 

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