Master Class Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | 7:30 PM

The Song Continues: Jessye Norman Master Class

Zankel Hall
Jessye Norman has captivated audiences around the globe with her sumptuous voice and majestic presence. Now one of the most celebrated artists of our time takes the stage to share her wisdom with young singers in her master class.


  • Marina Harris, Soprano
  • Jessica Strong, Soprano
  • Hyo Na Kim, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Nathaniel Olson, Baritone
  • Julia Bullock, Soprano (Alternate)
  • Ronny Michael-Greenberg, Piano
  • Dylan Perez, Piano
  • Saule Tlenchiyeva, Piano
  • Peter Walsh, Piano


  • Marina Harris

    Marina Harris is a 27-year-old soprano from Los Angeles and a first-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. Her recent stage experience includes Arminda in La finta giardiniera, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Ms. Harris is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program and the Music Academy of the West. In 2012, she covered the roles of First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Elsa in Lohengrin with the San Francisco Opera. This year, she will be seen in Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

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  • Jessica Strong

    Soprano Jessica Strong has most recently performed as Anne Truelove (The Rake's Progress), Violetta (La traviata), and Ginevra (Ariodante). She holds degrees from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the University of Manitoba. Ms. Strong has sung with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Aldeburgh Connection, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She is a two-time grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, received the 2012 Vancouver Opera Guild scholarship, and was the runner-up in the 2012 Marilyn Horne Song Competition.

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  • Hyo Na Kim

    Hyo Na Kim, a recent National Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a first-prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Competition, earned her master's degree from Mannes College The New School For Music, where she sang Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Annina in La traviata, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She also sang Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Israel's Vocal Arts Institute. Hyo Na Kim's other credits include Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with Opera Lancaster and Opera Company of Middlebury. She made her debut with Houston Grand Opera in the role of Hal-Mo-Ni (Grandmother) in Jeeyoung Kim's new opera From My Mother's Mother.

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  • Nathaniel Olson

    Nathaniel Olson, baritone, is pursuing a master's of music in voice performance at Indiana University. He is an alumnus of Wheaton College and a native of Vernon Hills, Illinois. Mr. Olson pursued studies in art song at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute in 2012 and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria, in 2011. Operatic performances at Indiana University include the roles of Don Giovanni, Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge), and Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier). Mr. Olson is passionate about using music in the public arena, and he shares music, stories, and poetry at nursing homes, hospitals, and schools throughout the greater Chicago and Bloomington areas.

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  • Julia Bullock

    Soprano Julia Bullock has sung in some of the premier concert halls and festivals across North America, including her recently acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, and performances at the Ojai Music Festival and SongFest. This season, she performs the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen with Juilliard Opera and makes debut performances with The Helicon Foundation, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York Festival of Song. First-prize winner at the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Bullock holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Bard College's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and currently attends The Juilliard School.

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  • Ronny Michael-Greenberg

    Ronny Michael-Greenberg discovered his passion for vocal collaboration during his undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music. A native of Montreal, his performing experiences range from guest solo appearances with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal to recitals in venues such as Schubert Hall in the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Steinway Hall. Having recently completed his master's degree at Yale University, he works as a staff accompanist at the Yale Opera and teaches piano at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut.

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  • Dylan Perez

    Dylan Perez is a graduate student at the University of Michigan, where he studies collaborative piano with Martin Katz. He graduated with highest honors from Michigan with a bachelor's degree in 2012 and was recognized with the Earl V. Moore Award of Excellence, given to an outstanding senior. He is a highly sought-after recitalist and chamber musician and has participated in summer programs at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at SongFest.

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  • Saule Tlenchiyeva

    Saule Tlenchiyeva has studied at both the Kazakh National Academy of Music and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She was a top-prize winner of the Shabyt International Competition, Franz Schubert International Piano Competition, and International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition. In 2009, Ms. Tlenchiyeva won a full scholarship from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Joaquín Achúcarro. In summer 2011, she won the prestigious Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Currently, Ms. Tlenchiyeva is a doctoral candidate in both piano performance and vocal collaborative piano at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Vladimir Viardo.

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  • Peter Walsh

    Peter Walsh holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and is currently pursuing a doctorate in piano performance with Lucinda Carver. Mr. Walsh has been awarded top prizes in the Music Teachers' Association of California and Music Teachers National Association competitions and has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Active in both the solo and collaborative arenas, Mr. Walsh recently attended Music Academy of the West as a vocal piano fellow, and performs regularly with renowned baritone Rod Gilfry. Mr. Walsh serves on the piano faculties of University of La Verne and El Camino College.

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Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman is "one of those once-in-a-generation singers who is not simply following in the footsteps of others, but is staking out her own niche in the history of singing" (The New York Times). She continues to bring her sumptuous sound, her joy of singing, and her passion to recital performances, operatic portrayals, and appearances with symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles to audiences around the world. The size, power, and luster of her voice share equal acclaim with that of her thoughtful music making, innovative programming of the classics, and fervent advocacy of contemporary music. Miss Norman's collaborations with artists on the cutting-edge of their respective fields—Robert Wilson, Andre Heller, Bill T. Jones, Steve McQueen, and Laura Karpman—serve to add new dimensions and exciting challenges to her work.

The Jessye Norman School of the Arts in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia—now entering its 10th academic year—serves as a tuition-free platform and unique study facility for talented middle school students in music performance, writing, drama, dance, and visual arts. A fellowship and master class series established in her name at the University of Michigan's School of Music further attests to Miss Norman's encouragement and support of emerging talent.

Miss Norman is the recipient of many awards and honors. In December 1997, she was presented with the highest accolade in the US for the performing arts—the Kennedy Center Honor—making history as the youngest recipient in the Honors' 20-year existence. In 2010, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House. Her many other prestigious distinctions include honorary doctorates at more than 40 colleges, universities, and conservatories, the most recent being from the Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University.

In February 2006, Miss Norman became only the fourth opera singer in the 48-year history of the Grammy Awards to be presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award for Classical Music. Creating her own place in this legendary list of awardees, Miss Norman joined the illustrious company of Enrico Caruso, Marian Anderson, and Leontyne Price.

In addition to her busy performance schedule, Miss Norman serves on the Board of Directors for The New York Public Library and on the Board of Governors for the New York Botanical Garden. She is also on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Howard University, the Lupus Foundation of America, and Paine College. She serves as an Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations and is an Officer of France's Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur. She is also national spokesperson for the Lupus Foundation and the Partnership for the Homeless.

The Song Continues is supported, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
This program is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.