Luther College Art Song Jamboree March 5

Feb. 27, 2012

The second Song Jam of the 2011-12 Luther College Art Song Jamboree series will be held Monday, March 5, 5:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

Art Song Jamboree, a program series dedicated to the exploration of art song, new and old, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, 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 composers of all eras, musical styles, languages and nationalities.

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.

Presenters of the program will include Luther students: sopranos Paige Armstrong, Kristina Dudley, Valerie Krych and Erin Persick; mezzo-sopranos Kelsey Brown and Molly Clementz; tenors Adam Bradley, Alec Carlson and Nicholas Sanches; and baritones Chad Sonka, Steven Halloin and Evan Mitchell. Paul will perform on the piano.

The jamboree will include songs by Carol Barratt, Margaret Bonds, Nadia Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Noel da Costa, Ned Rorem, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock.

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.

She is frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, and 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 professor of music at Luther she serves as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist and teacher of accompanying.