2015-2016 Season

It’s been a while since I posted, but I’ve had a busy year! Just finished singing Pamina with Salt Creek Chamber  Orchestra last week and this weekend completes my choral work at Grant Park Music Festival. I had two brief solos this year, one in Eric Whitacre’s “Lux aurumque” on the a cappella concert in July, and a quick four measures in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the orchestra in August.

I also returned to sing “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “But not for me” with my hometown Princeton Community Band. Always fun to sing for family and friends!

Shaping up to be a busy September! Two high school teaching jobs will begin, high holidays at the temple, a gala performance with Michael Costello and John Concepcion for Chicago Choral Artists on the 18th, and  a B minor mass at St. Luke church on the 27th, with other things possibly in the works!

October begins with 6 performances as Josephine in HMS Pinafore with the Savoyaires in Evanston. On October 25, I’ll be back at Grace Lutheran River Forest for the first of Bach four cantatas (other dates include November 26, February 28 and May 22).

Besides the Bach, on November 15 I’ll be the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Elgin Master Chorale. In December, Music of the Baroque performs the Brass and Choral concerts. Christmas will be immediately begin with the full Weihnachts Oratorium on the proper days at Grace. 6 cantatas over 12 days!

February will be busy as well, with 4 performances of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Floating Opera Company, Fauré’s Requiem with Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and my solo Bach cantata “Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut” at Grace.

In March and April, I’ll be in the chorus again for Monteverdi’s Vespers and anthems of Purcell with Music of the Baroque. On April 18, I’ll be with the Rock Valley College orchestra singing arias by Mozart and Puccini.

I think that’s it – for now! Looking forward to a busy and fulfilling season!


3rd place tie in the American Prize!

Happy to announce that I was awarded Third Place (tied) in the The American Prize in  Vocal Performance, Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, PROFESSIONAL OPERA DIVISION!  Thrilled to be named among such a prestigious group of finalists!  More info can be found here!:  http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/

Soloist, Finalist and Figaro

After sending in a recording in February, I’m thrilled to announce that I am a finalist for the American Prize in Voice’s Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in the Professional Opera Division!

Two upcoming opportunities to hear me sing!

1.  I’ll be a soloist with the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus under the direction of Christopher Bell, reprising my solo from 2011 in Abbie Betinis’ Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom.  Two free concerts in the parks in Chicago – July 17 at the South Shore Cultural Center and July 20 at the Columbus Park Refrectory.  Come out and here this amazing group of singers in beautiful repertoire!

2.  On August 23, I’ll be singing the role of the Countess in a concert version of Le nozze di Figaro with Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Timothy Semanik conducting!  Excited to be working with Tim again after the Savoyaires’ Mikado last fall.  Excellent cast!

Hope to see you there!

Two upcoming concerts

Just a quick note to tell you about two chances to see me perform!

1.  Bach’s Magnificat, along with other works at First Congregational Church of LaGrange, celebrating 10 years of leadership by my friend and colleague, Ryan Cox! Hope to see you there – May 4, 3 pm!

2.  Come home to the band!  Join me as I sing two selections in my hometown with the Princeton Community Band led by Jim Jones.  June 15 – 6 pm at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton, Illinois!

All the news that’s fit to blog!

It’s been awhile since my last update!  Lots of new things to check out on the website, including photos and video clips of recent performances!  The Mikado was tons of fun in October, and covering one of the Flower Maidens in Parsifal at Lyric was a fantastic time.  After that, the busy Christmas season came and went quickly, and I especially enjoyed working with conductor Paul Agnew in the Music of the Baroque Brass and Choral Concerts.  January brought the final Bach for the Sem, in which I sang the soprano solos in the final section of the Christmas Oratorio, Access Contemporary Music’s Vanishing Point concert, chorus work in Mozart and Handel with Music of the Baroque, along with outreach programs for high schools under MOB as well.  February isn’t slowing down with recital preparations for my performance at Rock Valley College on February 28, and learning Laetitia in Old Maid and the Thief and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge for the end of March.  Glad to be busy, as it helps keep my mind off the frigid weather we’ve been enduring in Chicago!  Looking forward to a vacation someplace warm when all the singing is done.  🙂

New Music Posted!

I’ve added some new tracks to my music player on the main page from some recent concerts!  Two from my Holiday Concert with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra (Bach’s “Wie lieblich klingt es in den Ohren”, and “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi) and a lovely version of “O Holy Night” that I performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra on their Home for the Holidays concert.  Happy listening!

Also, Music of the Baroque has released a new holiday CD, “Jubilate”, that contains beautiful music from the live recordings of the 2011 Brass and Choral Concerts.  Here’s a link to purchase your copy, with two tracks featuring yours truly!


Der Kaiser von Atlantis

A new role for the new year!  From March 8 through March 10, I’ll be performing the role of Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with the New Millennium Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Milioto.  I’m frequently up in the choral risers at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, so I’m excited to perform my first solo role down on the stage!  Tickets are free, but with limited seating it’s recommended that you RSVP soon!  Here’s a link to make reservations!


Well, it’s been a really busy year and can’t believe that 2013 is almost here!

2012 began with singing in and managing the chorus for and being the soprano soloist  in Hugo Distler’s Nürnberger Grosses Gloria for Bach for Sem, a fundraiser for the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.  Singing with a dedicated group of volunteers and putting together a challenging program in less than a week is always a thrill to be a part of every January.  The streak of Susan sings/Bulls win continued as I sang the national anthem later on that month.

In February, my good friend and tenor Mark Craig and I performed a recital of music inspired by love at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Deerfield.  Jim Collins accompanied us and we were thrilled to have such a large receptive audience on a cold Sunday afternoon!

March brought time for vacation along with time to prepare for a multitude of spring singing gigs.  In April, Hoss Brock and I sang a short recital for the Grant Park Music Festival board in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, featuring music by Donizetti, Puccini, Gounod and from Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls.  Being down on the stage is always thrilling as I’m used to being in the choral risers during the summer season!  The chorus of Music of the Baroque was especially busy in the spring with performances of Handel’s “L’Allegro, Il Penseroso, ed il Moderato” as well as Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

May and June brought three solo Sunday performances – a concert of bel canto repertoire at Second Presbyterian Church, Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott with St. Luke Church’s Bach Cantata Series, and a return to the Princeton Community Band to sing a rarely heard Sousa waltz (who knew) called I’ve made my plans for the Summer.  The summer season of Grant Park was exciting as always, with two commissioned pieces written for the Chorus’ 50th anniversary, rarely heard works such as Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride and the release of the Chorus’ first CD in which I’m featured as a soloist.

Summer and early fall kept me busy with weddings and High Holy Days at Congregation Hakafa as well as the Chicago premiere of Erik Satie’s Socrate with Tiny Mahler Orchestra.  It’s a challenging work of three pieces totaling more than thirty minutes of wandering melodies – but a thrill to work with this talented group of musicians on such an interesting project.

The last two months of this year were filled with a wide variety of music and locations – singing Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Delaware along with another amazing cast of wonderful singers and fantastic friends; singing the national anthem again for the Bulls; returning to Elmhurst Choral Union for their Messiah; and two debuts – a concert in my hometown of Princeton, Illinois with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Home for the Holidays concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.  All this interspersed with chorus rehearsals at Lyric Opera of Chicago for Die Meistersinger and Christmas services at St Gregory’s made for a very busy November and December.

2012 – a year to remember for beautiful music, great experiences and,  most of all, new and old friends of the arts!  Looking forward to whatever 2013 brings!