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Oct. 19: Tenor Jim Doing presents more of his favorites to sing–and to teach

Our School of Music is famous for its voice faculty, counting among them luminaries such as baritone Paul Rowe (an organizer of Madison’s nationally-known Early Music Festival); soprano Mimmi Fulmer (former teacher of Broadway star National Stampley); soprano Julia Faulkner (now on leave to Chicago’s Lyric Opera and replaced by Elizabeth Hagedorn, recently returned from many roles in Europe); and James Doing, a tenor who three years ago made a splash with a recital of “Teaching Songs for the Voice Studio,” a recital of songs that Doing assigns to his college students to sing, which taught those in the audience what it is like to be a voice student and would-be students what to expect in Doing’s studio. It also educated listeners about the classical and modern canon in the vocal repertoire.

James Doing
James Doing

Local writer Jacob Stockinger has this to say about Doing’s 2010 recital:  “It educated the audience. It was kind of like sitting in on Art Song 101. It let us listeners into the studio and allowed us to hear what makes for good repertoire, a good program and a good lesson. It was also great to see a professor sharing the recital stage with his students. To be sure, each will continue, and should continue, to perform his or her own individual solo recitals. But Doing is primarily an opera and oratorio singer so he was much like the students when it came to these first public performances of art songs.

“But sharing the stage lends credibility to the teaching process. It projects a certain solidarity and cohesion. It also projects cordiality, which is no small thing, even as we see different singing and performing styles. (Doing himself, to my ears, excelled especially in the songs by Italian, English and German Baroque composers such as Caccini, Conti, Purcell and Handel, and with French composers such as Ravel, Debussy, Faure and an exquisite song by Reynaldo Hahn.) And the results were highly successful — both enjoyable and instructive, the twin ideals of the Age of Enlightenment.”

This Saturday, October 19, at 8 pm in Mills Hall, Professor Doing will present another in what will not only be a series of “Teaching Favorites,” but will be a step toward a book on the same subject.  He will be joined by Professor Martha Fischer on piano and student singers CatieLeigh Laszewski, Jenny Marsland, Olivia Pogodzinski, Melanie Traeger, and Sheila Wilhelmi. Songs will include Strike the Viol (Henry Purcell)  from Come, ye Sons of Art; Và godendo (G.F. Handel from Serse, Melanie Traeger, soprano);  and Mozart’s Giùnse alfin il momento . . . Deh vieni, non tardar (from Le Nozze di Figaro, CatieLeigh Laszewski, soprano). And many more.             

Here, Prof. Doing explains the concept behind the next concert.

“Three years ago I presented a Teaching Favorites for the Voice Studio recital complete with program notes about vocal technique, diction, and so on, and it was well received.

“On Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 my students and I are going to be singing another Teaching Favorites for the Voice Studio in Mills Hall (free admission) and I would love to have many singers and teachers from the community come and share the evening with me and my students. I’ll be performing eighteen songs and five of my female voice students will assist by singing eight selections.

“Historical notes  are being provided by Chelsie Propst, a fine young soprano who completed her MM in Voice with Paul Rowe and is now a PhD candidate in Musicology. I add some Performance Notes/Suggestions and Diction pointers. For this concert of 26 songs we will provide the full notes on about 10 songs and I will provide my own translations and International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions for all of them (except the final set of English songs). This concert is the second in a series of four with number three taking place April 3rd, 2014 in Mills Hall and number four taking place during the 2014-15 school year.

“The goal/plan at this point is to eventually complete a book tentatively entitled “100 Teaching Favorites for the Voice Studio.” The book will begin with some chapters on vocal pedagogy, diction, ornamentation, and other issues followed by information about performing each of the 100 songs. Each song will have historical  background written by Ms. Propst, followed by performance and diction pointers, translations and IPA.”

You can learn more about Prof. Doing on his website and YouTube channel. And we look forward to seeing all of you at his recital, which looks to be a highlight of the fall semester. 8 pm in Mills Hall.

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From Wisconsin to Vienna and back: soprano Elizabeth Hagedorn to teach at UW this year

Written by Tina Hunter, Academic Department Manager, UW-Madison School of Music

Autumn colors and family time are among the things that Vienna-based dramatic soprano Elizabeth Hagedorn is looking forward to enjoying upon her return to Wisconsin. A native of Milwaukee, Hagedorn will be replacing soprano Julia Faulkner on the voice faculty while Faulkner spends the coming year teaching at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  With siblings in Waterloo, Cedarburg, and Madison (brother Henry is a retired entomologist who runs UW-Madison’s Journal of Insect Science), Hagedorn will have the opportunity to catch up with family as well as to enjoy the trees turning color this year. Hagedorn says that in addition to her family, she has missed what she calls, “the typical fall panorama (that) is a phenomenon of Northern America.”

Elizabeth Hagedorn
Elizabeth Hagedorn

Hagedorn will spend a year as the Visiting Associate Professor of Voice, a sweet homecoming for her.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and English summa cum laude from UW-Stevens Point before heading to the University of Colorado to earn a Master’s degree in Music and Voice Pedagogy cum laude.  Hagedorn notes that, “The most exciting thing about coming to Madison is being a part of an environment in which exactly those things I’ve learned and experienced are what can make a difference for the students ready to take a step toward becoming an artist.  I love the feeling of coming full circle, back to my home state, back to education, and returning energy to the same kind of system that made my unlikely life as an opera singer a reality.”

Thanks to her father’s love of song, Hagedorn spent her childhood steeped in music.  While her father was a Milwaukee postal service employee by day, in his free time he, too, was a very active musician.  Mr. Hagedorn sang in the chorus of the Florentine Opera, conducted church choirs, created a Mail Chorus with his postal colleagues, and sang with the Cream City Four Barbershop Quartet.  Many rehearsals occurred in the family living room, with young Elizabeth soaking it all in.

Fast forward a couple of decades and a few thousand miles, and we find Hagedorn now in her twenty-fourth year as an opera singer in Europe. Hagedorn has performed over fifty leading roles, debuting as a lyric-coloratura  (Violetta, Konstanze, Elvira), and developing through the heavier lyric roles (Mimi, Rusalka, Suor Angelica, Don Carlo Elisabetta) to spinto and jugendlich-dramatic repertoire (Salome, Ariadne, Elsa, Ellen Orford, Tosca, Fidelio Leonore, Senta, Wozzeck Marie).  Various world and European premieres of contemporary operas included the first Austrian performance of Michael Nyman’s “The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat,” and a world premiere recording of Veerhoff’s “Desiderata” at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

SInce 2010, Hagedorn and her husband, the conductor Andreas Stoehr, have lived in Vienna. She established “Wien.Oper.Intensiv”  performance workshops in Vienna, and has taught master classes at UW-Madison, UW-Stevens Point, University of Colorado – Boulder, and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Hagedorn has spent the summer teaching as a member of the voice faculty at the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, the program through which she initially made her way to Europe. She has voice students eagerly awaiting her arrival with the beginning of the school year, and her first public performance is scheduled.  On September 26, she will join pianist Martha Fischer to perform songs by composer Gustav Mahler for a performance during SoundWaves, the interdisciplinary music and scientific talk series curated by UW professor of horn, Daniel Grabois. By then the leaves should be changing color and her siblings should be well-visited.  Welcome home, Elizabeth Hagedorn!