School of Music 740 Hillcrest Ave.
The Pennsylvania State University State College, PA 16803
210 Music Building II Home Tel. (814) 234-1664
University Park, PA 16802 Cell: (814) 574-5391
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The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 2005-present
Associate Professor of Music: applied lessons for male and female voice majors (BME, BM, BMA, BA, MM, MFA, and Professional
Performance Certificate levels); song literature and opera literaturecourses; 20 contact hours/week; awarded tenure in May, 2011.
Voice Area Coordinator: fall 2009; summer 2010-summer 2013; summer 2016 to present.
Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC Summers 2009-2011
Member of the artist faculty: taught second session high school voice(up to 15 students, ages 14-18);
musical preparation of group recital and opera scenes; taught diction and audition classes.
University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2004-2005
Visiting Associate Professor of Voice and Head of the Voice Area:one-year appointment;
applied voice lessons for male and femalevoice majors and music majors (BM, BA, MM, DMA);10 contact hours/week.
Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium, Munich, Germany 2001-2004
Full-time Studio Voice Instructor: all levels, voice majors and music majors, male and female; 24 hrs/wk 2002-2004
Part-time Studio Voice Instructor: first and second year students, voice majors and music majors, male and female; 12 hrs/wk 2001-2002
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1987-1988
Graduate Teaching Assistant: studio voice and voice class; undergraduate music majors and theater majors, male and female.
Albion College, Albion, MI 1981-1982
Part-Time Adjunct Instructor: undergraduate studio voice and music appreciation.
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1980-1981
Graduate Teaching Assistant: studio voice; undergraduates, male and female.
Hillsdale High and Davis Middle Schools, Hillsdale, MI 1979
Student Teacher: taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs, the high school Women’s Glee Club, and assisted with the high school Concert Choir.
Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance – Vocal Arts; 1½ years of Coursework 1987-1988
Degree not completed; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Master of Music in Applied Voice 1981
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education 1979
Albion College, Albion, MI
National Association of Teachers of Singing National Intern Program 2008
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Master teachers: Charles Peterson and Dr. George Shirley.
Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program for Singers, Santa Fe, NM 1990
Covered Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; performed opera scenes; sang in opera choruses.
Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO 1988 and 1989
Opera Workshop; performed the role of the Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (1989).
The American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria 1986
Eröffnungskonzert - sang Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the AIMS Symphonieorchester; performed opera scenes; audition training.
American Center for Music Theater/Opera Training; Los Angeles, CA 1987
Acting classes, Alexander Technique, and aria presentation.
PROFESSIONAL OPERA ENGAGEMENTS (Long Term)
Die Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany 1995-2006
Fest - Soprano Soloist and Ensemble Liaison with the administration 1995-2002
Regular guest 2002-2006
Sang secondary roles, averaging 40 performances/year in approximately10 productions/yr.
Highlight: created the role of Magdalena for theworld-premiere of Aribert Reimann’s Bernarda Albas Haus
with Zubin Mehta, conductor, and Harry Kupfer, director.
Die Wuppertaler Bühnen, Wuppertal, Germany 1991-1995
Fest - Soprano Soloist (lyric to young-dramatic roles)
Sang leading roles in opera and operetta, averaging 70 performances/year in approximately 9 productions/yr. (4-6 new productions);
featured soloist with the Pina Bausch Tanztheater.
The Los Angeles Music Center Opera (now Los Angeles Opera; Los Angeles, CA) 1989-1991
Performed Fiordiligi on tour for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Sang small to medium roles and covered leading roles (Chrysothemis, Fiordiligi, Countess, Ilia, Euridice, Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlos).
SELECTED GUEST ENGAGEMENTS
Münchener Philharmoniker, Munich, Germany; Wagner’s Parsifal 2004
Komische Oper Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Reimann’s Bernarda Albas Haus 2001
XV Festival Castell de Peralada, Peralada, Spain; Reimann’s Bernarda Albas Haus 2001
Münchener Rundfunkorchester, Munich, Germany; Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi 1999
The Casals Festival, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Verdi’s Nabucco 1998
Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Italy; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice 1994
and Henze´s Venus und Adonis 1998
The British Broadcasting Corporation (Proms), London, England; Henze's Venus und Adonis 1997
Salzburg Music Festival, Salzburg, Austria; R. Strauss’ Elektra 1996
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro 1991, 1995
Opéra de Paris Garnier, Paris, France; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice 1993
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro 1993
RECORDINGS - CD
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner (Ortlinde): Bayerisches Staatsorchester under Zubin Mehta; with Waltraud Meier, Gabriele Schnaut, Mihoko Fujimura,
Peter Seiffert, John Tomlinson, and Kurt Rydl; Farao Classics 2002.
L’Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi (Virtù and Pallade): Bavarian State Opera under Ivor Bolton; with Anna Caterina Antonacci,
David Daniels, and Kurt Moll; Farao Classics 1998 (B 108 020).
Das Schloss by Aribert Reimann (Amalia): Bayerisches Staatsorcherster under Michael Boder; with Richard Salter, Isoldé Elchlepp, and Ute Walther;
Schott Wergo Music Media GmbH 1996 (WER 6614-2).
OTHER CREATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Adamo’s Little Women: sang the role of Cecilia March with PSU Opera Theatre
in Esber Recital Hall, The Pennsylvania State University; October 31 and November 1, 2014.
Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites: sang the role of Madame de Croissy with PSU Opera Theatre
in Esber Recital Hall, The Pennsylvania State University; November 15-16, 2013.
IAWM Congress 2011, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ:
performed on Annual IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music) Concert with Arlene Shrut, pianist, in Ashurst Hall;
performed Judith Cloud’s Four Songs of the Heart; September 15, 2011.
Faculty Recital with Arlene Shrut, pianist: featuring the world premiere of Judith Cloud’s Four Songs of the Heart
(written for and dedicated to Jennifer Trost and Arlene Shrut) in Esber Recital Hall, The Pennsylvania State University; November 6, 2010.
Soloist on Open Air Brevard radio broadcast:
featuring American songs, recorded on July 20, 2010 and broadcast on August 15, 2010
on WDAV (89.9 in the Charlotte, NC area),WCQS (88.1 in the Asheville, NC area and 88.1 in the Brevard, NC area).
Guest Artist, Penn State Glee Club New Zealand Tour:
six concerts in Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Wanganui, Rotorua, and Auckland;
performed works by Schubert, Handel, and American composers; May 17-June 7, 2010.
Soprano soloist in Bruce Trinkley’s Open House: The Roethke Cantata, CD Submission:
selected as a finalist in the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Competition
(other soloists: Mary Saunders-Barton, Richard Kennedy, Ted Christopher); Spring 2010.
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel: sang the role of the Mother (Gertrude) with PSU OperaTheatre and Philharmonic Orchestra
in Eisenhower Auditorium, The Pennsylvania State University; December 10, 2009.
Soloist, International Society of Bassists International Convention:
performed the world premiere of Myshca Chamber Music – Three Songs on Selected poems from‘Chamber Music’ by James Joyce
by Katarzyna Brochocka in Schwab Auditorium, The Pennsylvania State University; June 9, 2009.
Featured recitalist with Arlene Shrut for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Eastern Regional Convention:
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA;April 3, 2009.
Featured soloist on CD, Moments of Change: The Early 17th Century:
a 59-minute audio program with commentary produced by WPSU-FM in partnership with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities
2007-2008 Moments of Change initiative; includes Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa performed with
the Symphonic Winds Ensemble and Concert Choir on November 11, 2007 in Pasquerilla Spiritual Center,
The Pennsylvania State University. WPSU aired the program on November 14 and 16, 2008, and on May 15, 2009.
Documentary participant for Public Broadcasting (UNC Charlotte Television – Channel 22):
as part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Intern Program, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; June 10-20, 2008.
WPSU Television Broadcast, Music at Penn State: Opera (interview and performance): February 24, 2008.
Guest Recital with David Anglin, piano; also taught three masterclasses: California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; May 12, 2007.
Guest Artist, Charles Wesley Festival: Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies – Twelfth Institute;
Christ Church, University of Oxford, Oxford, England; August 14, 2007.
Britten’s Albert Herring: sang the role of Lady Billows with PSU Opera Theatre
in Esber Recital Hall, The Pennsylvania State University; April 13-15, 2007.
SELECTED MASTERCLASSES AND PRESENTATIONS
The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. 54th NATS National Conference: What Do You Do for an Encore After the Opera is Over? – Reinventing the Female Classical Voice after Menopause - joint presentation with Mary Saunders-Barton; Chicago, IL; July 10, 2016.
Conducted a high school level masterclass on Art Song: Classical Singer Convention, Boston, MA; May 28, 2016
Conducted a university level masterclass on the German Lied/Aria: Classical Singer Convention, Chicago, IL; May 24, 2015
45th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA): The Mignon-Complex: Variations on a Lyrical Theme - joint presentation with Dr. Martina Kolb (Penn State Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures) during the Poetic Music, Musical Poetry: Connections between Poetry and Music in German Literature session in Harrisburg, PA (Host: Susquehanna University); April 4, 2014
AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Recipient of the Arts and Architecture Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring – Penn State University; April 15, 2016
Distinguished Alumni Award from Albion College, Albion, MI – October 13, 2001.
“Recognizing excellence in career achievements, contributions to community and humanity, and service to the college.”
National Association of Teachers of Singing: member from 1982-1991 and 2004-present (inactive from 1991-2004, due to performing in Europe).
Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society) – induction into the Beta Alpha chapter in 1981, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI;
President of the Zeta Iota chapter at The Pennsylvania State University, 2007-2011.