Jennifer Bird (soprano) will appear in recital on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30pm at the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Presented by Bill Reed Voice Studio as part of The Singer’s Art Concert Series and sponsored by the Saint Michael’s College Department of Fine Arts, with pianist Alexandra Nguyen accompanying, the recital will include songs by Britten, Schoenberg, Weill, Bolcom and more.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saint Michael’s College
1 Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05446
Admission: Tickets are $20 and are available at the door and BillReedVoiceStudio.com. No charge for Saint Michael’s College staff, faculty and students (must show valid I.D). No charge for infants and toddlers (must sit on parent/guardian’s lap). For more information, please contact Sally Olson, Managing Director, Bill Reed Voice Studio: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit billreedvoicestudio.com
General Admission – $21.75 (includes $1.75 service fee)
Jennifer Bird, who, in a review by Der Kurier was acclaimed as “vocally and optically superb” and praised for her “lyric depth with velvety timbre” by Weser Kurier, is in much in demand as a recitalist and concert singer. As the recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Jennifer studied in Germany in the Opernklasse of the Hamburg Musikhochschule, where she joined the vocal studio of renowned soprano Judith Beckmann. Soon thereafter she began singing at the Landestheater Coburg and then at the Bremer Theater where she became a pillar of the soloist ensemble, singing major roles in the lyric and lyriccoloratura soprano repertory and, in Coburg, twice earning the Audience Favorite Prize. Engagements followed at the Vienna Volksoper, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Bonn, Theater Chemnitz, Theater Lübeck, Theater Würzburg and Theater Hagen, among others. Highlights have included the title roles in Lulu and Lucia di Lammermoor, Ann Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Marguerite in Faust, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, Euridice in Orphée aux Enfers and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail among many others.
Jennifer has been the soprano soloist in The Messiah with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Bremer Philharmonic and in a Veteran’s Day concert with the US Army Band at Carnegie Hall. In 2008 Jennifer was invited to Brussels to perform with members of the Ictus Ensemble in honor of the 200th anniversary of Ricordi Publishing. She has been the featured soloist in gala concerts with the Stuttgart Philharmonic at the Stuttgart Konzerthalle and in Luxembourg with the Orchestra of the Warsaw Teatr Wielki. In 2010 she made her Alice Tully Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Riverside Choral Society. In 2012 Jennifer was the soprano soloist in the world premiere performances and recording of Frank Ticheli’s Songs of Love and Life with conductor Allan McMurray.
Highlights of other recent concert seasons have included the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd and 4th Symphonies with the Boulder MahlerFest, performances of Vaughn-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Poulenc’s Gloria at Lincoln Center, Mozart arias with the Colorado Symphony, Chausson’s Chanson Perpetuelle with the Takács Quartet, Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with Pro Musica Colorado, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in a semi-staged version with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Central City Opera. During the 2017-18 season Jennifer will travel to Cape Town, South Africa for Mendelssohn’s Elijah and to Burlington, Vermont for a program of cabaret songs with pianist Alexandra Nguyen. Jennifer has been a prizewinner in several international competitions, including First Prizes in the Sylvia Geszty Competition, Elisa Meyer Competition, and the Robert Stolz Competition. She is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder.
A native of Montréal, Alexandra Nguyen maintains a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, teacher, and arts administrator. She is an accomplished pianist who has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), The Barns at Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA), Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center (New York, NY), the Teatro Nacional (Panama City, Panama), BargeMusic (Brooklyn, NY), the Strings Music Festival (Steamboat Springs, CO), and the Societe Pro Musica Chamber Music Series (Montréal, Canada); recent performances include concerts with the Takács Quartet, cellist David Requiro, baritone Patrick Mason, as well as bassoonist Peter Kolkay, a long-standing collaboration. She has been an invited speaker at the National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting, the College Music Society Annual Conference, the Music Teachers National Association National Convention, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
As Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Nguyen co-directs the graduate programs in collaborative piano and coordinates accompanying services at the College of Music. She was formerly the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the Eastman School of Music, where she also held part-time faculty appointments in the piano and chamber music departments. Other prior appointments include Administrative Director of the Montréal Chamber Music Festival, Director of Career Services at the Eastman School, and piano faculty at the David Hochstein Memorial School for Music and Dance.
Dr. Nguyen is Chair of the Collaborative Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and served on the steering committee for the Music Teachers National Association’s Year of Collaborative Music. A frequent adjudicator, she has served on the juries of the Eastman International Young Artists Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer Junior and Young Artists Competition, and MusicFest Northwest, among others. Nguyen was the founder and director of the summer institute, Plays Well With Others, at the Eastman School of Music, a forum dedicated to exploring various aspects of the collaborative piano profession. She was a member of The Quartet Program West faculty, and served as répétiteur for the 2012 Opera Orvieto program in Orvieto, Italy.
Alexandra Nguyen completed her graduate degrees in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music under the guidance of Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded the first Performer’s Certificate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. She has studied with pedagogues such as Douglas Humpherys, Anne Epperson, Madeleine Bélanger, and Suzanne Goyette, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and a Premier Prix from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec a Montréal.
Bill Reed has dedicated his professional life to guiding singers in their quest to realize their potential as performing artists. Bill was born into a show business family, the son of Vernon Reed of the Buffalo Bills (the acclaimed barbershop quartet). He began his vocal music education at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. (Bill is a proud member of the Badger Ice Hockey Hall of Fame). He completed his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in vocal music education. After a busy and rewarding career as a college choral director, studio voice teacher and concert singer, Bill established a private voice studio in New York City near Lincoln Center, and began his twenty-five year career as singing teacher at the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre School. For over thirty years, he was privileged to work with singers from all over the world, whose specialties ranged from opera to pop and rock, and Broadway to folk and country. He has consulted on a number of Hollywood movies and commercial recordings, and his students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, many European opera houses, and in hundreds of Broadway shows and national tours. Bill’s students have won Oscar Hammerstein, MAC, Drama Desk, Emmy and Tony awards.
In Vermont, Bill’s adult students have had leading roles in numerous local community and professional musical theater productions. His college and school-aged students have performed extensively in school productions and have gone on to study singing and musical theater at many of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories in the country. A number of Bill’s Vermont students are working professionals and have recently performed in leading roles at the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Bill is in demand nationally as a clinician, and has been invited to give workshops at many colleges, universities, and meetings of professional organizations.