We are very pleased to announce that our 2015 conference Keynote Clinician will be mezzo-soprano, Marietta Simpson.
Marietta Simpson, whose deeply expressive, richly beautiful voice has made her a much sought-after mezzo-soprano, has sung with every major symphony orchestra in the United States and many prestigious international orchestras including the, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic . She has been blessed to have sung in many of the world’s prestigious concert halls with an impressive list of great conductors that includes the late Eugene Ormandy, Loren Maazel, Elaine Brown, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Daniel Barenboim, Roger Norrington, Nicholas McGegan, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Tom Hall, Robert Page, Raymond Leppard and the late Robert Shaw in her Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 as soloist in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her 2014-2015 season includes concert and recital appearances, as well as her debut in Toulouse, France and at Glimmerglass Opera in the role of “the Old Lady” in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.
Equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, she has performed and recorded the classic mezzo repertoire that includes the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mahler as well as the operas of Offenbach, Menotti, Mozart and Gershwin. She can be heard on the Grammy nominated EMI recording of Porgy and Bess, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; and on the Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, with Leonard Slatkin conducting, on the Naxos label, as well as the Grammy award winning recording of Penderecki Stabat Mater. A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Simpson graduated from Temple University and received her Master’s Degree in Music from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is currently a Professor of Voice at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music.
To read Ms. Simpson’s complete biography, please go here.