Eurovox 2020 Online: Meet the Presenters
Karen Brunssen, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Music Performance at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. She is President of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Her newly published book, "The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan” published by Plural Publishing chronicles changes in respiration, vibration and resonance, and the impact on realistic, age appropriate expectations for vocal development throughout a lifetime. Karen is a frequent vocal clinician, master teacher, panelist, adjudicator and presenter, most recently at the 2018 NATS National Conference, 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, the 2015 ACDA Conference, 2016 ACDA Central Region Conference, Association of Teachers of Singing in England, Opera America, and Chorus America. She was a keynote presenter for the International Symposium on Singing and Song at the University of Newfoundland and presented at the Podium2016-Choral Canada as well as residencies at Cambridge University in England and with the Zürcher Sing-Akadmie in Zurich, Switzerland. Her singing career has spanned over 30 years. Students of Karen’s have gone on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, many other awards, and perform and teach all over the world. In 2013 she was presented the Weston Noble Award by her alma mater, Luther College. She is a Consultant Editor with Plural Publishing.
Barbara Hoos de Jokisch
Dr. Barbara Hoos de Jokisch is a classical voice teacher and methodologist at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, Germany, training future voice teachers and secondary school music teachers. She is also publishing and lecturing on voice pedagogy, and coaching professionals in all fields of work in breathing, speaking and voice. Beyond Europe, her teaching has taken her to Mexico, the United States and Africa.
Beginning with her own voice training, Barbara Hoos de Jokisch experienced a broad variety of vocal methods and developed a deep interest in their special character and theoretical foundation. In her doctoral thesis (Die geistige Klangvorstellung, Breitkopf & Härtel, 2015) she worked on the voice theory and pedagogy of the renowned German voice teacher Franziska Martienßen-Lohmann, whose books on voice contain a complex, coherent voice terminology. Barbara Hoos de Jokisch has been teaching methodology at the UdK for eleven years. Her aim, rather than bringing a single teaching method to her students, is to make them familiar in a non-judgmental, tolerant way with different avenues to the voice and its training.
This led to the elaboration of a model in which different voice methods can be analysed in their elements, characterised and understood. Barbara Hoos de Jokisch calls this model “The Kaleidoscope of Voice Methods”. She presented it for the first time during the annual conference of the Association of German Voice Teachers (Jahrekongress des Bundesverbandes Deutscher Gesangspädagogen) in Berlin in spring 2018. Since then she has been invited to introduce this model in workshops and masterclasses at several music academies in Germany and Austria. She introduced the Kaleidoscope model for the first time in English during the NATS meeting of voice pedagogues in Berlin. It is therefore a great pleasure for her to present it in 2020 at Eurovox.
In spring 2020 Barbara Hoos de Jokisch published her comprehensive compilation of Franziska Martienßen-Lohmann’s voice exercises in Die sieben Grundelemente der Stimmbildung (The Seven Fundamental Elements of Voice Training), Breitkopf & Härtel, and in 2020 an extensive article on „Einheit in der Vielfalt? – Zum Konzept der integrativen Gesangspädagogik“ (“Unitiy in Diversity? – The Concept of Integrative Voice Pedagogy”) in Handbuch des Gesangs, volume 2, Laaber Verlag.
Professor Norma Enns was born and grew up in southern Manitoba, Canada. In 1970 she completed AMM in Piano Pedagogy, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music at Brandon University with double major in Voice and Viola. She continued her studies in voice at the University of Music, Theatre, and Media in Hannover before getting her opera diploma in 1977 and her concert artist diploma in 1978. An international singing career followed concentrating on music of the 20th Century. In 1994, Norma was named Professor of Voice and contemporary music at her alma mater in Hannover and served as Head of the Voice department. She became President of EVTA from 2005-2012 and is now an Honorary Member. Although Norma has retired, she keeps in touch with singing and teaching through coaching and advising former students. She is also busy looking after her grandchildren.
A multifaceted artist, soprano Patricia Caicedo is one of the leading interpreters of the Iberian and Latin American Art Song Repertoire, having sung in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Latin America to public and critical acclaim.
She has recorded nine CDs dedicated to the art song repertoire in Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese: Más que nunca: Colombian art songs by Jaime León (2019), Miraba la noche el alma: Art Songs by Latin American women composers (2016), Amb veu de dona: Catalan art songs by women composers (2016), De Catalunya vinc: Catalan Art Songs of the 20th & 21th Centuries (2015), Aves y Ensueños: Colombian Art Songs by Jaime León (2011), Estrela é Lua nova (2011), De mi corazón latino - Latin Songs of All Time (2010), A mi ciudad Nativa: Canciones Artísticas de América Latina (2005) y Lied: Art songs of Latin America (2001).
Patricia holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Medical Doctor´s degree from the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina. As a musicologist, Caicedo is internationally recognised as a leading expert in the study and performance of the Iberian and Latin American art song visiting universities as a guest artist and teacher. She has written eight books considered reference in the area.
She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song®, a 10-day summer course and performance series on the history and interpretation of the Latin American and Spanish Vocal repertoire that reaches its 16th edition in 2020.
Soprano and teacher Suzanne Chadwick is based in Dublin where she combines a busy teaching schedule with accompanying and choral directing. For the past 12 years Suzanne has been a member of the peripatetic music staff at the prestigious Wesley College, Dublin whilst building up a vibrant private teaching practice. Originally hailing from Leeds, Suzanne studied Music at the University of St Andrews. Further vocal training then followed in London and in New York where she studied with Norma Newton and enjoyed a performing career in concert and recital in the UK, France and New York. It was with Norma that Suzanne’s interest in vocal pedagogy was ignited, and she has now become a passionate educator of young singers with an ardent objective to ensure that her teaching is underpinned by theoretical knowledge. This desire to engage in research led to studying for a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy with Voice Workshop UK and UWTSD where her areas of research have included vocal registers, teaching adolescent boys and Accent Method breathing.
S. Rebeqa Rivers
S. Rebeqa Rivers, (M.M.Ed., B.A. Voice) is an educator in the contemporary music industry and a music researcher studying the intersections of music and identity. She owns a private voice studio in Seattle, Washington. Her students include internationally recognised performing artists and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She works closely with Seattle’s Rain City Rock Camp, for which she designed an integrated Rock-singing and gender equity curriculum. Rebeqa has been published in the Journal of Singing, POP! the APME newsletter, and Inter Nos, the NATS national newsletter.
Versatile artist, teacher, arts administrator and baritone Allen Henderson is Executive Director of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the world’s largest professional association of voice teachers, supervising a talented staff in promoting continuing education for voice teachers; publishing a recognised scholarly journal, Journal of Singing; and promoting voice education among a wide array of constituencies, from recreational singers to voice educators and medical doctors. He also serves as administrator for the International Congress of Voice Teachers held every four years at locations around the world and is Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University where he teaches voice and foreign language diction.
John Nix is Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy and chair of Vocal Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His primary mentors have been Barbara Doscher and Ingo Titze. Current and former students have sung with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Nevada Opera, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, and two of his students have been NATS Intern Program Master Teachers. He was the 2006 Van Lawrence Award winner, has published more than 40 articles, and edited or contributed to five books, including the Oxford Handbook of Singing.
Professor John Yaffé, Ph.D is Co-Course Director for Music at Coventry University. He is a UK-based conductor/pianist/arranger/scholar; Author: Arias, Ensembles, and Choruses (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012) and The Conductor, the Opera House, and the Making of a Maestro (Coventry, 2017); Musical Director, ‘The Yiddish Folksong Project’; Founder, Ipsilon Music Press/Services; Conductor: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and 92nd Street Y, with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Walla Walla Symphony, Turkish State Opera, Albanian State Opera, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Florida Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, the German opera houses of Hagen, Münster, Osnabrück, Stuttgart, and the orchestras of Remscheid, Konstanz and Munich.