The second Song Jam of the 2013-14 Luther College Art Song Jamboree series will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
Art Song Jamboree, or "Song Jam," is a music series dedicated to the exploration of art song, new and old, and is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, is the creator and lead advocate of the Art Song series as 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. Featured performers include Aliyah Richling, Luther class of 2011, Joseph Krumholz, Luther visiting instructor of music, Andrew Last, Luther assistant professor of music, and Jill Phillips, Luther class of 2010 and visiting instructor of music.
Luther student musicians on the program include seniors Sophia Huang, Tani German, Vanessa Libbey, Mary Lieberman and Steven Halloin; and junior, Sam Raiche, with Paul collaborating on piano. Charles Hoeft, Luther senior, will assist on piano.
The jamboree includes songs composed by Amy Beach, Mathilde von Kralik, Ruth Schonthal, Madeline Dring, Elizabeth Haskins, Itrena Regina, Wieniawska Poldowski and Cecile Chaminade.
Paul, a native of Chicago, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University. She holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois.
Frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, Paul has worked with several opera companies including the Pittsburg 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.
Paul 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 teaches accompanying.