Sopranos Laura Strickling, Jamie Jordan, and Kristina Bachrach and pianist Daniel Schlosberg perform the 20 songs collected in the NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Soprano, Vol. 1.
Featuring art songs by: John Arrigo-Nelson, Paul Ayres, Clint Borzoni, Mark Buller, Martin Bussey, Emerson Eads, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Jodi Goble, Juliana Hall, Gordon Kerry, Joshua Lindsay, Cecilia Livingston, Ray Lustig, Carrie Magin, James Matheson, James Primosch, Behzad Ranjbaran, William Toutant, and Theodore Wiprud.
Laura Strickling was praised by The New York Times for her, “flexible voice, crystalline diction, and warm presence.” She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, National Sawdust, Trinity Church on Wall Street, Washington National Cathedral, the Opera America Center, Liederfest in Suzhou (China), and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
Her concert soloist engagements include Mass in c minor (Mozart) and Messiah (Handel) with the Richmond Symphony, Messiah (Handel) at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with DCINY, and at the Kennedy Center with the Metropolitan Chorus, Mass in c minor (Mozart) and Stabat Mater (Dvorak) with Berkshire Choral International, Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms) with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee and Chorosynthesis in Seattle, Luonnotar (Sibelius) and Les Illuminations (Britten) with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Ninth Symphony (Beethoven) and Carmina Burana (Orff) with Choralis in Washington, DC, Requiem (Mozart), Credo Mass (Mozart), Dixit Dominus (Handel), Gloria (Vivaldi), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), and Mass in C (Beethoven). Her performance of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Exsultate jubilate with the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC was broadcast by classical radio station WETA.
A devoted recitalist, she has performed with the Brooklyn Art Song Society since 2012, and has appeared with Lyric Fest of Philadelphia, Joy in Singing, Trinity Concerts at One, the American Liszt Society, the Half Moon Music Festival, Art Song at the Old Stone House, the Brooklyn New Music Collective, SongFusion, and Vox 3 Collective, and was a featured performer at the 2016 New Music Gathering. Laura and pianist Liza Stepanova were Artists in Residence in December 2016 at the Yellow Barn Music Festival, where they presented a program of Granados and modern song, including the world-premiere of Ciudades del Porvenir by Reinaldo Moya.
Ms. Strickling is an alumna of the Berkshire Opera Company resident artist program, where Opera News praised her performance of the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, “Laura Strickling offered the creamy, clear, younger-sister-of-Eva-Pogner instrument ideal for singing the role over full orchestration.” She appeared as Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring outreach production of The Magic Flute. Ms. Strickling’s operatic roles include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Julius Caesar), Mimi (La boheme), Dinorah (Dinorah), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), The Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Micaëla (Carmen). She created the role of Muriel in the world premiere of Thomas Benjamin’s The Alien Corn with the Peabody Opera Theater.
Her recording of James Matheson’s Times Alone with Yarlung Records was hailed by MusicWeb International for, “shapely, nuanced voicings and emotional urgency…a striking directness.” New Voices, the Billboard Classical Top-Ten-selling CD including her recording of Glen Roven’s The Vineyard Songs was acclaimed by Opera News, “Laura Strickling’s lovely diction and warm, clear sound bring attractive immediacy to this cycle.” She can also be heard on the “New American Song @SongFest,” CD, performing Jake Heggie’s Edna St. Vincent Millay. Her upcoming recording releases include a CD of songs and vocal chamber works by Tom Cipullo on the Albany Label, and a her first solo CD project of American art song with pianist Joy Schreier.
Ms. Strickling was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2013 and 2014, a resident artist at the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia in 2012, a recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest in 2011 and 2012, and performed in The Song Continues…with Marilyn Horne – Weill Music Institute’s 2012 Professional Training Program at Carnegie Hall.
Her recent competition honors include First Prize and Audience Favorite prize in the Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Competition, First Prize and the Franz Liszt Prize in the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, as well as prizes and honors in the Positively Poulenc! Competition, Bel Canto Chorus Competition, Schubert Club Competition, Liederkranz Competition, Orpheus Competition, Washington International Competition, Bel Canto Foundation Competition, the NATS Artist Awards, the Joy in Singing Competition, the American Prize for Opera Performance, Vocal Arts DC Discovery Competition, Gretchen Hood Memorial Competition, Russell C. Wonderlic Competition, the Baltimore Music Club Competition, and the Thomas Greene Professional Grant.
A Chicago native, Ms. Strickling is an avid traveler, having lived in Fez, Morocco, where she studied classical Arabic, and Kabul, Afghanistan, where her husband was the founding chair of the Department of Law at the American University of Afghanistan. She currently makes her home in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands.
Praised for her “alluring clarity” (New York Times), Jamie Jordan sings modern and contemporary classical music. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Music Series; Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; Big Ears Festival, Disney Hall, June in Buffalo, Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theater and the Stone with Ensemble Signal; Abrons Arts Center with Experiments in Opera; MATA festival and Wesleyan University with Mantra Percussion; Merkin Hall with Mimesis Ensemble; Merkin Hall and Tenri Cultural Institute with New York New Music Ensemble; MATA Festival with Talea Ensemble; National Sawdust on the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series; PASIC with the Bob Becker Ensemble; and Symphony Space with American Composers Orchestra and Nadia Sirota and friends.
Jamie Jordan has appeared as a guest artist at the American Academy in Rome, Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, University of Notre Dame, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Fredonia, Syracuse University, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Music on the Edge (UPittsburgh), NYCEMF, Resonant Bodies Festival, Unruly Music Festival (UMilwaukee), and Wisconsin Flute Festival. She has also appeared as soloist with Alia Musica Pittsburgh, NOCCO (Seattle), and Southern Tier Symphony. Other performances include the role of Romilda (Xerxes) with the Connecticut Early Music Festival, and one-woman cabaret shows at Rose’s Turn.
Jamie Jordan is a passionate music educator; she teaches privately in New York City and the metropolitan area. She can be heard on Albany Records, GIA publications, Innova Records, Ravello Records, and Sanctuary Jazz.
Soprano Kristina Bachrach is emerging as a young artist confident in an extensive range of styles and languages. In 2017, she has joined MetroWest Opera Company as Musetta in their production of La femme bohème, an all-female take on Puccini’s evergreen masterpiece, and has appeared with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn as soloist for Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She made her American Lyric Theater debut as part of their The New Crew event, presenting the initial hearings of works by Shuying Li and Andy Teirstein, and rejoins Bare Opera as Susanna in the two-hour Mozart / Rossini pastiche Figaro / Figaro! A frequent and beloved guest artist with the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS), she appears with them on a variety of French mélodie concert programs throughout the season.
During the 2016–2017 season, Ms. Bachrach made her debut with the New York Choral Society at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the American premiere of Joseph Vella’s The Hyland Mass, be produced by the Order of Malta, and joined the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) in repertoire ranging from Schubert Lieder to Hanns Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook.
In recent seasons, Ms. Bachrach has become increasingly in demand for fulfilling prestigious artist residencies. In the spring of 2018 Ms. Bachrach will be be an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she will perform a recital and deliver a lecture on music by composers who were suppressed or killed during the Holocaust. In the spring of 2017, she joined the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the guidance of Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith, to focus on the study and performance of song literature written by living composers. From there on she spent the summer in residence at North America’s most prestigious chamber music retreat, the Marlboro Music Festival. As one of a select few singers invited to Marlboro, Ms. Bachrach will study and perform Lieder and chamber music alongside their world-renowned artist roster.
Ms. Bachrach served as a 2016 Artist in Residence at Yellow Barn Music Festival and at SongFest, where she gave a recital with composer John Musto at the piano. During the summer of 2015, she fulfilled a residency at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, NY, followed by a residency with the Lake George Music Festival, where she was featured in a performance of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. In 2014 she fulfilled a Winter Artist Residency at the Banff Centre (BAIR), focusing on the music of Elliott Carter and Judith Weir. As a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, Ms. Bachrach performed Pierrot Lunaire and was a featured soloist in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s production of Dido and Aeneas. She enjoys a long-standing relationship with SongFest at Colburn, as a three-time recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, and has recorded songs of John Harbison for a new recording commemorating SongFest’s twentieth anniversary.
Ms. Bachrach’s concert activity includes recital performances of Milhaud’s rarely-performed song cycle Alissa in the Masterworks Series at BargeMusic and at Notre Dame University, and performances of Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet with the Cantata Profana Ensemble in New Haven and New York. Additional New York performances include her debut with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn as the soprano soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, and her Carnegie Hall debut with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra as the soprano soloist in the Bruckner Te Deum. Ms. Bachrach has performed in recital under the auspices of the Moravian Music Foundation and the Joy in Singing Foundation, and toured a Brahms Lieder program with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.
Equally adventurous as an operatic artist, Ms. Bachrach has appeared in new and rarely-performed repertoire with Thompson Street Opera (Louisville, KY), Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Naples, and New York’s Bare Opera, in whose inaugural production of L’enfant et les sortilèges she made her role debuts as the Princess and Shepherdess. Ms. Bachrach has fulfilled residencies with Nashville Opera, where she appeared as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Lyric Opera of Virginia, where she returned to perform Musetta in La bohème.
Ms. Bachrach holds degrees from Mannes College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (summa cum laude). She is an award winner with the Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition, American Prize Competition, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition, the Metrowest Opera Competition, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.
Daniel Schlosberg has been described as an “expert pianist” (Boston Globe), and his performances have been praised for their “intellect and passion” (Washington Post). As a collaborative pianist, Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun wrote: “Daniel Schlosberg was a model accompanist, bringing out the remarkable richness of the piano writing.”
He enjoys a multifaceted relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to appearing on numerous chamber music and new music concerts, he was a featured soloist in subscription performances of Messiaen’s “Trois Petites Liturgies”, for which John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune wrote: “Daniel Schlosberg played the daunting piano part splendidly”; and Lawrence A. Johnson of the Chicago Classical Review wrote of “a prominent, challenging piano part, played here with great fire and conviction by Daniel Schlosberg in a notable CSO debut.”
Schlosberg can be heard on a number of recordings, including: Stephen Andrew Taylor’s quartet “Quark Shadows” (Albany Records) with members of the Pacifica Quartet and Chicago Symphony; as the soloist in Dimitri Tymoczko’s Piano Concerto, “Another Fantastic Voyage” (Bridge); and Augusta Read Thomas’s solo 2013 work “Starlight Ribbons” (Nimbus Records, commissioned by Harvard’s Fromm Foundation), for which he also gave the live premiere. His two solo albums, “Child’s Play” (Schumann, Lachenmann, Paert and Debussy) and “Gaul Me Maybe: French Baroque Keyboard Works” (Centaur) have garnered critical acclaim. His most recent recording is of Lei Liang’s quintet, “Inkscape,” with Third Coast Percussion (New World Records).
He gives frequent solo recitals at Bargemusic and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in past seasons has appeared in solo and chamber repertoire at the Austrian Cultural Forum (New York) Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago), Phillips Collection, and at the embassies of Romania, Israel, Austria and Germany in Washington, D.C. He appears frequently on radio stations nationwide.
Schlosberg is an avid proponent of new music and has collaborated frequently with eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, as well as with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, pianist Amy Briggs, and the New Music Ensembles at the University of Chicago and University of Illinois. He was also a founding member of Yarn/Wire. In 2009, he gave the US premiere of renowned composer Kaija Saariaho’s “Calices” with violinist Austin Wulliman.
Another particular interest of Schlosberg’s is song accompaniment, and he has a long-standing duo with the baritone Ryan de Ryke. In 2007, he curated and performed in a series of six concerts nationwide exploring the early chamber music and lieder of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and each October he directs and performs in the Baltimore Lieder Weekend.
On harpsichord, Schlosberg has participated in the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s “Of Sudden Shut” on MusicNOW, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music series, played the continuo/recit for Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Notre Dame, and performed excerpts from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall (Zankel).
He has served as a staff accompanist the Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY and Sarasota, Fl.), and for the vocal program of the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia; and in 2016 he was engaged as repetiteur for the Ojai Music Festival. In the summer of 2000, he held the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship in Piano at Tanglewood. The same summer, he took part in a special collaboration with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in performances of solo Debussy.
He has taken an increasing interest in conducting, attending workshops with Donald Schleicher and Larry Rachleff, as well as serving as Assistant Rehearsal Conductor for Afterword, the critically acclaimed opera by George Lewis.
He has been on faculty at the University of Notre Dame since 2005. In addition to his service in the music department, he is faculty advisor to the Table Tennis Club of Notre Dame.