COLLABORATIVE PIANIST AND COACH

 

07/2014 TO PRESENT

Associate Professor of Music at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Tenured position as Coach/Collaborative Pianist in the Vocal Area, involving individual coaching, classroom teaching, and opera musical direction.

 

07/2013 TO PRESENT

Head of Collaborative Piano and Coach/Pianist at Musiktheater Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany. Intensive international summer training programme for singers offering advanced performance training in both opera and music theatre. Position includes teaching German diction, giving masterclasses, individual and ensemble coaching (singers and pianists), and several performances in the surrounding area.

 

05/2012 TO PRESENT

Faculty position at Druid City Opera Workshop in Tuscaloosa, AL (University of Alabama). Pre-professional training programme for singers, offering classes in stage combat, acting, yoga, improvisation, and body mapping. Position includes presenting a masterclass on German/English diction, individual and ensemble coaching (singers and pianists), culminating in a public opera scenes gala.

 

08/2008 - 06/2014

Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Tenure-track position as Coach/Collaborative Pianist in the Vocal Area, involving individual coaching, classroom teaching, and opera musical direction.

 

06/2012 AND 06/2011

Faculty position at Taos Opera Institute (TOI) in Taos, NM. This intensive summer programme focuses on exploring the singer as a complete person and refining audition packages in preparation for professional auditions. Position included teaching English diction, coaching privately, giving masterclasses, and weekly performances.

 

06/2009 AND 08/2009, 06/2008

Faculty position at Lied Austria in Leibnitz, Austria. Intensive international summer training programme for singers offers innovative instruction in the German Lied. Position included instructing German diction, giving masterclasses, private coaching (singers and pianists), and weekly performances in the surrounding area.

 

09/2004 - 06/2008

Staff collaborative pianist in the Voice Studies department at the University of Toronto. Instructor for undergraduate course "Lyric Diction" (German) in 2007.  Additional duties included playing for courses “Song Interpretation” and "Oratorio Ensemble Class", as well as performing in recitals, masterclasses, and lessons.

 

02/2000 – 08/2008

Freelance collaborative pianist performed in recitals, masterclasses, and competitions in the Toronto area.  Vocal coach in the studios of Lorna MacDonald, Mary Morrison, Jean MacPhail and Dr. Darryl Edwards at the University of Toronto. Provided weekly private coaching for singers, specialising in art song repertoire.

 

09/2001 – 05/2002

Part-time faculty appointment at York University as a vocal coach for Italian and German diction classes, and accompanist in the studio of Stephanie Bogle.

 

09/1999 – 06/2002

Piano accompanist for Creative Artist Productions (Stephanie Bogle) and The Vocal Art Forum (Peter Neff). All involved regular workshops specialising in a particular genre or composer.

 

08/1997 – 08/1999

Freelance piano accompanist for music students at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Cologne, Germany.

 

10/1996 – 07/1997

Teaching assistantship as piano accompanist and vocal coach at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar in the studio of Ulrike Fuhrmann. Responsible for coaching of French and Italian diction.

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

2008 – PRESENT

Music Director and Head Coach for the Opera Theatre at the University of Mississippi (Director: Julia Aubrey; Conductors: Dr. Selim Giray, Dr. Ronald Vernon, Dr. Robert Aubrey). Responsible for the complete musical preparation and coaching for annual opera scenes programmes and full opera productions: Albert Herring (2017, Giray); L'enfant et les Sortilèges and Der Schauspieldirektor (2016, Giray); Hamlet: Prince of Denmark (2015, Vernon); L'elisir d'amore (2014, Vernon); The Merry Wives of Windsor (2013, Vernon); Die Dreigroschenoper (2012, R. Aubrey); The Gondoliers (2011, Vernon); Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (2010, R. Aubrey), Carmen (2009, R. Aubrey/Vernon)

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

2004 – PRESENT

Artistic Director of "In recital", a concert series consisting of three recitals designed to both cultivate the art song and showcase Canadian singers. Each recital is held at the Heliconian Hall in Toronto, Ontario. Past performers include Colin Ainsworth, Allison Arends, Michèle Bogdanowicz, Leslie Ann Bradley, Ariana Chris, Jesse Clark, Shannon Coates, Melinda Delorme, Joni Henson, Carla Huhtanen, Megan Latham, Mia Lennox-Williams, Peter, McGillivray, Julia Morgan, Jennie Such, Krisztina Szabó, and Giles Tomkins.

 

TEACHING / COURSES TAUGHT

 

ADVANCED SINGERS’ DICTION I

Performance-based course focused on advanced concepts in English, German, French, and Italian lyric diction

 

ADVANCED SINGERS’ DICTION II

Performance-based course focused on intensive study of one language per semester, e.g., Czech, Russian, Spanish, and French

 

VOCAL LITERATURE I

Survey of art song literature from the Classic Period to the 21st Century

 

OPERA WORKSHOP

Performance-based course culminating in two productions per year: opera scenes and opera full production (co-taught with Julia Aubrey)

 

ACCOMPANYING

Performance-based course for collaborative pianists focused on vocal literature (co-taught with Stacy Rodgers)

 

PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDINGS

 

BOOKS

 

ENGLISH AND GERMAN DICTION FOR SINGERS:
A COMPARATIVE APPROACH, SECOND EDITION

(Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)

 

COMPANION WORKBOOK TO ENGLISH AND GERMAN DICTION FOR SINGERS:
A COMPARATIVE APPROACH, SECOND EDITION

(Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)

 

ENGLISH AND GERMAN DICTION FOR SINGERS:
A COMPARATIVE APPROACH

(Scarecrow Press, 2011)

Comprehensive resource and textbook for the concurrent or consecutive study of both English and German diction.  Suitable for both undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

CDs

 

MAHLER: RÜCKERT-LIEDER WITH JULIA MORGAN, MEZZO SOPRANO

(MSR Classics, 2012)

Songs by Brahms, Schubert, and Sibelius

 

INVITED MASTERCLASSES, LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

 

03/2017

CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Presented a joint vocal masterclass with Jessica McCormack (soprano) and worked with the student collaborative pianists

 

02/2017

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN TUSCALOOSA, AL

Artist-in-residence to coach an entire production of Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with undergraduate and graduate students of the UA Opera Theatre

 

01/2017

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY IN LEWISBURG, PA

Guest artist presenting a lecture on Baroque ornamentation and three days of private coachings for undergraduate singers in Opera Theatre; performed recital of Italian arie antiche with eight singers

 

02/2016

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY IN LEWISBURG, PA

Guest artist presenting a diction masterclass (Italian/French) and two days of private coachings for undergraduate and graduate singers in Opera Theatre

 

10/2015

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY IN LEWISBURG, PA

Guest artist presenting a diction masterclass (English/German) and two days of private coachings for undergraduate and graduate singers in Opera Theatre

 

10/2015

VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY IN BLACKSBURG, VA

Presenting a lecture entitled "An Innovative Approach to Teaching English and German Diction"; providing private coachings for undergraduate and graduate singers

 

09/2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IN AUBURN, AL

Presenting a voice masterclass

 

09/2015

MONTEVALLO UNIVERSITY IN MONTEVALLO, AL

Guest clinician at ALANATS presenting two voice masterclasses on English/German and Italian/French repertoire

 

09/2015

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Guest clinician for UAB’s SNATS chapter presenting a lecture on English and German diction and providing private coaching for undergraduate singers

 

09/2015

INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTH BEND

Artist-in-Residence collaborating with Jessica McCormack (soprano) in recital; presenting a lecture entitled "An Innovative Approach to Teaching English and German Diction"; presenting two masterclasses on Schumann's Liederkreis, op.24 and op.39; coaching undergraduate and graduate singer/pianist teams

 

01/2015

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY IN KINGSTON, ON

Artist-in-Residence as part of PianoFest 2015, collaborating with Robert Martin (tenor) in recital; presenting a colloquium entitled "The Collaborative Pianist: Necessary Skill Sets for Various Careers"; presenting a voice masterclass on German repertoire

 

11/2014

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY IN LEWISBURG, PA

Presented a voice masterclass and two days of private coaching for undergraduates

 

03/2014

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA – LAS VEGAS, LAS VEGAS, NV

Artist-in-Residence presenting a lecture entitled “An Innovative Approach to Teaching English and German Diction”; coaching the Opera Theatre on upcoming production of Ariadne auf Naxos; teaching diction class; teaching repertoire class; offering private coaching to both undergraduate and graduate students

 

03/2012

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY IN KINGSTON, ON

Presented both a colloquium entitled “English and German Diction: A Comparative Approach”, as well as a vocal masterclass on German diction

 

02/2012

MISSISSIPPI CHORUS IN JACKSON, MS

Presented a workshop on German Diction

 

01/2011

HARDING UNIVERSITY IN SEARCY, AR

Presented two masterclasses (vocal and collaborative piano)

 

02/2010

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA IN VERMILLION, SD

Presented a vocal masterclass on German lied

 

11/2007

ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN TORONTO, ON

Presented two vocal masterclasses on art song repertoire at the Glenn Gould School

 

1991 – PRESENT

Performed in masterclasses with Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin, William Bolcom, Jeff Cohen, Helmut Deutsch, Mignon Dunn, Kallen Esperian, Jonathan Feldman, Gerald Finley, Irene Gubrud, Lee Hoiby, Barbara Honn, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jorma Hynninen, Rudolf Jansen, Kim Josephson, Matthew Lata, François Le Roux, Michèle Ledroit, Noël Lee, Andrew Lippa, Malcolm Martineau, Susanne Mentzer, Ken Merrill, Walter Moore, Cynthia Munzer, Carmen Pelton, Laurent Pillot, George Shirley, William Sharp, Raoul Sosa, Kendall Taylor, Robert Tear, and Edith Wiens.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

01/2018

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN NEW ORLEANS, LA

Presenter in plenary session entitled "The Challenges of Operatic Coaching: a Collaborative Pianists' Panel"; Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (Artist division)

 

08/2017

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF VOICE TEACHERS (ICVT) IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

Lecture-recital entitled “Verklärtes Jahr: the Lieder of Joseph Marx", presented with Tracelyn Gesteland (mezzo soprano)

 

01/2017

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN SANTA BARBARA, CA

Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (Artist division)

 

03/2016

WOMEN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL OF HARTFORD

Lecture-recital entitled “Exoticism and the Art Songs of Pauline Viardot”, presented with Jessica McCormack (soprano); performed Songs of the Land by Stella terHart in Music Marathon

 

01/2016

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (Artist and Scholarship divisions)

 

03/2015

SONG COLLABORATORS CONSORTIA ART SONG FESTIVAL IN CANYON, TX

Lecture-recital entitled "The Lieder of Othmar Schoeck", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano); performed in recital various art songs by Hans Pfitzner with Tracelyn Gesteland (mezzo soprano); Massenet and Coleman with the American Vocal Quartet; Ravel and Strauss with Matthew Hoch (baritone); White and Strauss with Kenneth Wood (tenor)

 

11/2014

NATS SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN HATTIESBURG, MS

Lecture-recital entitled "The Lieder of Othmar Schoeck", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano)

 

10/2014

CMS NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ST. LOUIS, MO

Performed Nishi Asakusa by François Rossé with Adam Estes (saxophone) on inaugural CMS Performers' Showcase. Work written in 2004 and scored for saxophone and prepared piano

 

01/2014

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN NEW YORK CITY, NY

Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (both Artist and Scholarship divisions)

 

10/2013

SONG COLLABORATORS CONSORTIA ART SONG FESTIVAL IN CANYON, TX

Lecture entitled “An Innovative Approach to Teaching English and German Diction”; Performed Britten’s Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain with Reginald Pittman (tenor) and Guglielmo Manfredi (French horn)

 

02/2013

ATHENA FESTIVAL IN MURRAY, KY

Lecture-recital entitled “Lessons Learned from Pauline Viardot”, presented with Jessica McCormack (soprano)

 

01/2013

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN PORTLAND, OR

Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (both Artist and Scholarship Divisions)

 

07/2012

NATS NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO, FL

Lecture-recital entitled "Celebrating Canadian Song", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano)

 

01/2012

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN MEMPHIS, TN

Lecture/Masterclass session entitled "English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach"; Lecture-recital entitled "Made in America", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano); Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (both Artist and Scholarship Divisions)

 

11/2011

NATS SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN CLINTON, MS

Lecture/Masterclass session entitled "English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach"

 

10/2011

CMS NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN RICHMOND, VA

Lecture-recital entitled "New Chamber Works with the Composers' Insights", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano) and John Schuesselin (trumpet)

 

07/2011

THE PHENOMENON OF SINGING INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM VIII IN ST. JOHN’S, NL

Lecture-recital entitled "Made in America", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano)

 

03/2011

CMS GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN OMAHA, NE

Lecture-recital entitled "The Lieder of Hans Pfitzner", presented with Tracelyn Gesteland (soprano)

 

02/2011

CMS SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN MEMPHIS, TN

Lecture-recital entitled "Celebrating Canadian Song", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano); Performance of the cycle Involuntary Love Songs by Jocelyn Morlock with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano)

 

01/2011

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

Panelist in roundtable discussion for collaborative piano and masterclass for collaborative pianists; Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (both Artist and Scholarship Divisions); Pianist for Operatic Scenes Competition

 

11/2010

NATS SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN HAMMOND, LA

Lecture-recital entitled "Charles Ives: a Life Portrait in Song", presented with Bradley Robinson (baritone); Lecture-recital entitled "Made in America", presented with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano)

 

02/2010

CMS SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS, LA

Lecture-recital entitled "The Lieder of Hans Pfitzner", presented with Tracelyn Gesteland (soprano)

 

01/2010

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ATLANTA, GA

Pianist for NOA Vocal Competition (both Artist and Scholarship Divisions); Pianist for 3rd place winners in Operatic Scenes Competition (University of Mississippi)

 

02/2009

CMS SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO, FL

Performance of "Let Me Make Songs" by Jack Gallagher with Nancy Maria Balach (soprano) and John Schuesselin (trumpet)

 

01/2009

NOA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN WASHINGTON, DC

Pianist for Gala Cabaret "From this Moment on: a Cole Porter Cabaret"; Pianist for Operatic Scenes Competition

 

OPERA COACH & RÉPÉTITEUR

 

11/2007

German coach and répétiteur for the Opera Division at the University of Toronto, under the direction of Stephen Ralls. Responsible for the complete preparation of German diction for a concert production of Die Zauberflöte.

 

07/2006

Opera coach and répétiteur for the inaugural Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, under the direction of Maestra Agnes Grossmann. Responsible for the musical preparation, recitative coaching, and Italian diction for production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

 

09/2005 – 12/2007

Opera coach and répétiteur for the Opera Division at the University of Toronto, under the direction of Sandra Horst.  Responsible for coaching and preparing the diction for productions of Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (2005), Die Fledermaus (2006), and L’elisir d’amore (2007).

 

09/1999 – 03/2000

Opera répétiteur and diction coach for Toronto Opera Repertoire (Giuseppe Macina). Performed six performances of Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) and Rigoletto (Verdi).

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

08/2010

Collaborative pianist at the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. Performed with Gianmarco Segato (baritone) in two public recitals and daily masterclasses with leading interpreters of French mélodie. The theme was "Francis Poulenc et les musiciens de Pierre de Ronsard".

 

07/2005

Collaborative pianist at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden, Austria. Performed with Jennie Such (soprano) and Jason Nedecky (baritone) in three public concerts and daily masterclasses with Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, Edith Wiens, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jorma Hynninen, Walter Moore and Robert Tear.

 

07/2004

Collaborative pianist at the Oxenfoord International Summer School in St. Andrews, Scotland, working with Malcolm Martineau.

 

07/2003, 07/2002

Collaborative pianist at the Academie Internationale d'Eté de Nice working with Dalton Baldwin. Intensive course for singers and pianists entitled “Interprétation Chant et Piano” with a primary focus on French mélodie.

 

08/2002

Advanced Italian immersion at Bolognalingua in Bologna, Italy.

 

06 – 08/2000

Scholarship pianist at the Aspen Music Festival, as part of the collaborative artists programme (Rita Sloan).

 

05/1998

Italian language course for 4 weeks at Torre di Babele (Centro di lingua e cultura italiana) in Rome, Italy, receiving certificate at intermediate level

 

09/1993

Prüfung zum Nachweis der deutschen Sprachkenntnisse, PNdS (German Language Proficiency Examination Certificate) issued by the Ruprecht Karls - University of Heidelberg, Germany

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

 

2013

College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant, University of Mississippi. Awarded for research project on Swiss composer, Othmar Schoeck (value: $9300)

 

2009

College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant, University of Mississippi. Awarded

to complete a single-authored book project in the field of lyric diction (value: $7500)

 

2005

Chalmers Professional Development Grant on behalf of the Ontario Arts Council.  Awarded to attend the world-renowned Franz-Schubert-Institut to work with masters in the fields of German Lied and collaborative piano (value: $9000)

 

2004

Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant (Professional Musicians) awarded for professional development project working with Malcolm Martineau, Rudolf Jansen and Martin Isepp on art song repertoire (value: $7000)

 

2003

Award for Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work (shared with Peter McGillivray, baritone) (value: $1000)

 

2001 – PRESENT

Accompanied prize winners at various competitions including the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition (Brandon, Manitoba), MET Competition (Buffalo, NY; Memphis, TN), Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (Montréal, Québec), NATSAA (Albion, Michigan), NATS (Toronto, Ontario, London, Ontario, Natchitoches, LA), Canadian Music Competition (Sherbrooke, Québec)

 

1993

Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Graduate Scholarship in Music (value: $1500)

 

1991

George Maybee Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence (value: $900)

 

CHAMBER MUSICIAN

 

12/1996 – 08/1998

Member of vocal trio (soprano, baritone, piano) and “Trio con brio” (violin, cello, piano).  Performed in Germany, including Jena, Cologne, Weimar, and Manebach.

 

LANGUAGES

 

Native fluency in German and English

Advanced level in French and Italian

Phonetic fluency in Czech, Russian, and Spanish

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

OFFICES

 

2017 – PRESENT

National Opera Association (NOA)

Editor-in-Chief of The Opera Journal

Member of the Board of Directors ex officio

 

2014 – PRESENT

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

Vice-president of MS NATS

 

2015 – 2017

Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL) President

 

2013 – 2015

Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL) Secretary

 

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

 

American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL)

ACADEMIC HISTORY

 

JANÁČEK ACADEMY OF PERFORMING AND DRAMATIC ARTS

Brno, Czech Republic

Chamber music study with Prof. Daniela Velebová (09/1998–02/1999)

 

DIPLOM MUSIKERIN – KÜNSTLERISCHE AUSBILDUNG (MM EQUIVALENT)

Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar

Weimar, Germany

Prof. Gerlinde Otto (1995–97)

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC (PIANO PERFORMANCE)

Queen’s University

Kingston, ON, Canada

Dr. Ireneus Zuk (1990–93), Dr. Allison Gagnon (1989–90)

 

 

English and German Diction for SingersENGLISH AND GERMAN DICTION FOR SINGERS:
A COMPARATIVE APPROACH,

 

 

MAHLER:
RÜCKERT-LIEDER

 

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