Voice Masterclasses

Jessye Norman Master Class Series

Voice students have the opportunity to participate in master classes with visiting artists each semester. Some recent guests are listed below.

Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
The incomparable singer and clinician Marilyn Horne. “Marilyn Horne – whose face and song have been the light–in so many places, in so many styles, through so many media, for so many years–may be the most influential singer in American history.” —Opera News -January, 2002

Gayletha Nichols, executive director, Metropolitan Opera National Council
Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, joined the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2000. She auditions hundreds of singers across North America every year and in her travels addresses many universities, conservatories, and festivals on developing the next generation of opera singers. She is a frequent adjudicator in national and international competitions and consults for other young artist programs across the country.

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, social activist
“Would Jesus pull the switch?” Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., is a Roman Catholic nun, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. She is the author of the book Dead Man Walking, which became the successful American opera of the same name.

Nicholas Phan, tenor
University of Michigan graduate Nicholas Phan, named one of National Public Radio’s Favorite New Artists, continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world today.

Jennifer Nash, soprano
Anne Jennifer Nash is noted as an exceptional light-lyric soprano with an “uncommon beauty of expression and musicianship.” She is Assistant Professor of Voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and received her DMA degree from the University of Michigan.

Angelique Clay, soprano
Recognized for her “soaring lyric soprano voice,” Angelique Clay has garnered performances in the United States, Europe and South America, with roles including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Susannah,and Bess in Porgy and Bess. Dr. Clay is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky.

Gran Wilson, tenor
Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Maryland, Gran Wilson has distinguished himself as an interpreter of thebel canto repertoire with a performing career spanning three decades and four continents. He has sung with companies such as the New York City Opera, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Australian Opera, among many others. His master classes focus on stagecraft and characterization.

Elizabeth Futral, soprano
American soprano Elizabeth Futral has established herself as one of the world’s leading sopranos. With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, she has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and beyond, in repertoire that ranges from the Baroque, to world premieres, toThe Sound of Music, and A Little Night Music.