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Schmidt - Heebink

Nina Heebink, Chicago, and Jamie Schmidt, New York, N.Y., are pleased to announce their upcoming marriage at the close of 2011.

Nina, daughter of James and Colette Heebink, is a graduate of New Richmond High School, St. Olaf College and DePaul University with degrees in music and vocal performance. She sings on various stages in Chicago with such organizations as Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Grant Park Music Festival, and makes guest appearances around the U.S.

Jamie is currently associate music director with the North American tour of "The Lion King" which appeared in Chicago last November, where mutual friends Sara Stern and Ted Fishman introduced the couple at a dinner party.

Jamie, son of Mark and Carla Schmidt of Madison, completed both his undergrad and graduate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison in music education and opera conducting. His career path began in Chicago and later transitioned to New York City where he conducted and played keyboards on and off Broadway interspersed with a long list of other engagements, including multiple appearances conducting at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and serving as music director for the first national arena tour of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Legendary diva Liza Minnelli handpicked Jamie to conduct her recent sold-out performances with the St. Louis, Atlanta, San Diego, Dallas, Roanoke and Indianapolis symphony orchestras. On Nov. 4-5 he will be conducting works by Tchaikovsky, Holst, Mussorgsky and John Williams with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Nina and Jamie will be married Dec. 30 in Madison.