Jessica Paul and company to host fourth segment of Art Song Jamboree series April 19

April 8, 2010

Jessica Paul, Luther College associate professor of music, will host the fourth segment of a four-part music performance series titled “Art Song Jamboree.” The performance will be Monday, April 19 at 5:15 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall. 

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Art Song Jamboree is in its fourth year. The series is dedicated to the exploration of art songs by women composers of the past and present. 

Performers in each “jam” program are a mix of musicians from the Luther music faculty and vocal students under the direction of Paul. Paul selects the music and coaches the student participants in their preparation.

Art Song Jamboree will include music by Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Margaret Garwood, Jocelyn Hagen, Jennifer Higdon and Louise Talma.

The program will feature student performers sopranos Joia Byrnes, Carah Claflin, Brittney McClary, Emily Moore and Heidi Smorstad; mezzo-sopranos Andrea Hatleli, Kelley Kussmann and Rebecca Vernon; tenor Nickolas Sanches; baritone Michael Penick; as well as Eric Malmquist, violin, and Rachel Haug, flute. 

Also featured are Luther faculty members Edwin Andereck, tenor, and Jessica Paul, piano.

Paul has been the creator and lead advocate of the Art Song series, part of her ongoing research and mission to find art songs written by women composers of all eras, musical styles, languages and nationalities. 

This year’s program series includes several women composers from the International Alliance of Women in Music and artists from around the globe.

Paul, a native of Chicago, holds the bachelor of music in piano performance from Northwestern University. She holds the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois. 

Paul is frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, and she has worked with opera companies including the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Illinois, National Opera Company, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera Association, Lake George Opera Festival, Cedar Rapids Opera and Pine Mountain Music Festival.

She is the former principal conductor and artistic director of the Dorian Opera Theatre. In her position as associate professor of music at Luther she serves as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist and teacher of accompanying.