LAWRENCE-The University of Kansas School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Professor Julia Broxholm, soprano, on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:30 PM, in Swarthout Recital Hall. This concert will raise money for the renovation of Swarthout Recital Hall, the KU School of Music’s main performance space in Murphy Hall. Donations are welcome.
Professor Broxholm will perform along with guest artist and pianist Russell Miller, distinguished faculty member at the Eastman School of Music and specialist in American song. The duo will present a program of American song, both popular and musical theater. The evening program will include works by notable composers Cole Porter, Noel Coward, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Marc Blitzstein, Jules Styne, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and Kurt Weill.
Soprano Julia Broxholm has a career that spans opera to Broadway, oratorio to vocal chamber music, and recitalist to recording artist. In recent years she has devoted herself to teaching and her former students are leading players on stages on Broadway, in Las Vegas, in national touring companies, and in Europe. Noted for her understanding of vocal technique and articulation of text, she is quickly becoming a most sought after pedagogue.
In the area of vocal chamber music she was a founding member of SATB, a vocal quartet specializing in vocal chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her performances with SATB have taken her from the Cayman Islands International Music Festival to Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. Recordings include two releases with SATB: Magic, and It's a Grand Night….Four Singing. A recent project has been a series of premier performances of Byna, Life Songs of a Southern Appalachian Woman of Cherokee Indian Descent. Byna is the collaboration of a North Carolina composer and playwright, and has been receiving performances throughout the Appalachian mountain region. While in Michigan she is a regular artist appearing with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony in repertoire from Beethoven Symphony to programs featuring the music of George Gershwin.
As a recitalist she is well known for her performances of vocal literature by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She continues to work with Steven Blier, coaching this repertoire, and collaborates with Russell Miller in performances of this exciting song literature. With pianist Martin Katz and clarinetist Fred Ormand, she has recorded the major literature for soprano, clarinet, and piano. Of Shepherds, Romance and Love features music of the 19th century, and the more recently released Transience includes the song cycles Ariel by Ned Rorem, and To Be Sung Upon the Water by Dominick Argento as well as Toot Suite, a set of classic songs from the musical theater world. She is quickly becoming known in this repertoire which includes some of the most recognized vocal chamber music with instruments. Composer John Harbison was effusive in his praise of her performance of his Chorale Cantata. In the May/June 2008 issue of American Record Guide, respected music critic Robert Moore wrote of her performance in Transience, "Julia Broxholm offers striking readings and displays impeccable vocal technique, marked by purity of tone, clarity of articulation, and effortless-sounding singing above the staff. "
Dr. Broxholm received a D.M.A in vocal performance from the University of Michigan where she was lauded for setting a new standard of excellence for performing musicians in the areas of research and performance.
Pianist Russell Miller has been a coach and teacher of vocal repertoire at Eastman since 1995. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad as soloist and accompanist, including concert tours to Korea and Hong Kong with tenor Robert White and to Alaska and the former Soviet Union with cellist Stephen Kates. With violist Donald McInnes, he has recorded works of Hindemith and Loeffler on the Kleos Classics label. Notable vocal collaborations include Schubert’s Winterreise with tenor Robert Swensen at the Pierpont Morgan Library, as well as in recital with Jan Opalach, Julia Broxholm, Susan Shafer, Marilyn Horne and Håkan Hagegård. For twelve years he was the musical director for the vocal quartet SATB, which performed a wide variety of repertoire from classical chamber pieces to Broadway.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Miller studied at the University of Southern California, the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers have been Edith Knox, Brooks Smith, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Marshall Williamson, Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Louis Nagel and Graham Johnson. For twelve years he was a staff pianist and faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and also served as pianist and harpsichordist for the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee for their productions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Verdi’s Aïda.
Besides his current appointment at Eastman, Dr. Miller has also held faculty positions at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), The Ohio State University and Oberlin College Conservatory, and recently as a visiting teacher at the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In the summers, besides his years at the Music Academy, he has coached song and opera at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the “Oberlin in Italy” program and currently at the Vancouver International Song Institute in British Columbia.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.