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                                            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

                                            Office Tel. (814) 863-4402                                                                            Home Email:







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.




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

     Resident Artist

          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).





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




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).




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.


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



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.

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