SINGING AND MUSIC
I'm a Contralto based in Buffalo, NY; for 5 years prior, I lived in York, UK where I studied historical performance practice, having worked with Grammy-winning John Potter, Peter Seymour, Richard Vendome, and world famous soprano Lynne Dawson. I've been praised highly for my very expansive range and dramatic skills, singing from Bass I to Soprano II; I perform professionally as a Bass in the famous 'Vivaldi's Women' choir (Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi, SPAV), as seen on the BBC and Sky Arts TV. Currently, I sing as a Tenor with some of the top groups in Buffalo such as Vocális Chamber Choir; I'm also active as a Tenor dep/sub/ ringer. I perform in a cabaret-style show (at 16 years, the longest run in WNY) with the award-winning DIVA by DIVA, and sing regularly with Opera Sacra, The Opera Foundation of Buffalo, The Johnson Fund, and present lectures through OperaBuffs of WNY. Check out my interview in Buffalo Rising magazine's Sounds of Buffalo feature.
I've studied Vocal Performance and Musicology at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music with Paul O'Dette, and the University of York. I hold a BA with honors in Musicology from Oberlin, where I was the main Tutor and Teaching Assistant for Music History, and undertook doctoral studies in Historical Performance Practice at Eastman and York. In addition, I have a Masters in Medieval Studies and Religion from Harvard University where I won a university-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for a course on jazz and music of the swing era.
From 2004-7, I sang professionally with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & Chamber Singers, serving as the Alto Section Leader with the Grammy-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under EGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch and Maestra JoAnn Falletta. Other voice teachers include Tony Arnold, Yvonne Seymour,Robert Vehar, Gerald Crawford, Daune Mahy, and La Scala mezzo Genia Las. I've performed with directors/ conductors Nadja Zwiener, Will Todd Trio, Robert Shoup,Lorna Cooke de Varon, Lisa Goode Crawford, Steven Plank and Frank Scinta. I've had great coachings with the Grammy-winning Tallis Scholars, Robert Hollingworth, Black Hair Ensemble, Francis Steele, Robert Harre-Jones, Juice,Anna Maria Friman, and Philip Thorby.
I've performed in top venues in the US, England, Scotland, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic. As a conductor, I've directed scenes from Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro for The Operagasmic Project conducted YoMAMA in York Minster, served as co-conductor with Graham Coatman for the North Eastern Early Music Forum's Venetian Christmas Music workshop, and was a mentor, rehearsal director and vocal coach for Vivaldi's Women Summer School. For 4 summers, I was a music instructor, teaching voice lessons, vocal performance class, jazz choir, chamber choir, and music history & theory at Camp Encore/ Coda in Maine.
Collaborating with composer Emily Kalies on a theatrical work, in early 2010 I gave the world-premiere of one-woman piece Reflection noitcelfeR, at Sensorium - York I have performed it a number of times around the UK since. My female trio consort Juniper, experimenting with repertoire across the Western canon, debuted as Young Artists in Residence at the Harrogate International Festival in 2009.
Some of my favorite pieces are Monteverdi Vespers 1610, Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, Berg Wozzeck, Victoria Requiem, Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du temps, Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah, and most of Byrd's Gradualia.
I have experience in all forms of drama, acting and theatre on stage and film, but specialize in historical theatre, being especially praised for my work in Medieval drama and the Victorian burlesque style. Currently, I am the Co-Founder, Producer, Assistant Director and Business Manager of HIDden Theatre, a historical drama company in the UK. We made our debut, for profit, at the British Museum which was a huge honor. I have studied beginner flamenco, belly dance, classical, various historical forms (esp. ancient Greek, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque) and improvisatory dance. Languages include fluent Italian; proficient Spanish, German, French, Latin; beginner Old/ Middle English, Portuguese, and Classical Greek. Through my production company Trinacria, I am an experienced Event Manager and Producer. Now, I'm very excited to be a part of Buffalo's vibrant acting scene!
SCHOLARSHIP, RESEARCH, AND TEACHING
While I specialize in musical performance of the 16th and 17th centuries, my other research and teaching fields include Medieval History (in which I hold a Harvard MA), Gender Studies, Ethnomusicology, Ritual Studies, 20th/21st century Music, and Buddhism. Likewise, my performance and research interests range from the Medieval to the Baroque era, 21st century new music and folk musics of the world. Currently, I'm researching lower women's voices, and teach voice lessons to female tenors and basses. From time to time I teach university classes, and work as a freelance editor.
Prior to the move to the UK in 2007, I was an Adjunct Professor of Music and Religion at Canisius College in Buffalo, teaching courses on Zen and the Meditative Tradition and Sacred Musics of the World. During graduate school, I was a Teaching Fellow in the Harvard Music Department, where I served as Teaching, Research, Personal and Editorial Assistant to the Harvard Music Department Chair. Courses I've taught include Soundscapes: Music in a Changing World for Kay Kaufman Shelemay and Jazz: Music of the Swing Era for Robert Levin -- I won a University-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for that class. Other awards and fellowships include the Lady Roslyn Lyons MA Scholarship, and the Overseas Scholar Award (York), The Graduate Writing Fellowship at the Bok Center (Harvard), and a Cambridge Early Music Summer School bursary. I've also been a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Writing Tutor and Special Needs Tutor at Oberlin, Harvard, Eastman, and York.
In late summer 2013 I co-presented a Lecture-Recital on Suppression & Revival of the Low Female Singing Voice at the biennial Feminist Theory and Music Conference. Previously, I gave the paper Subversion, Suffering and Gender Fluidity in the Mystical Writings of Francis of Assisi and Angela of Foligno at the Gender and Medieval Studies Conference at King's College London, and the Medieval Religion Research Group at the York Centre for Medieval Studies. In 2010, I co-presented a Lecture-Performance at the RMA conference Collaborations in Practice Led Research in Leeds. In early 2010, I sat on the York PostGraduate Student RMA Conference as the Programme Co-ordinator, successfully chairing a panel on Ownership of the Musical Work?: Whose Music Is It Anyway?