UC San Diego's Department of Music

July 17, 2009

  Soprano Susan Narucki was a guest faculty member at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, summer home of the Yale School of Music, for a two week seminar in contemporary music. The program, led by composer Martin Bresnick, brought together young composers, instrumentalists, poets and singers to collaborate on new pieces of vocal chamber music. The pieces were written specifically for singers in the program, with texts by poets in residence. There was also extensive exploration of  American Song, particularly the influence of composer Virgil Thomson and his views on text setting and prosody.

In addition to advising the young composers about writing for the voice, Susan served as a coach and instructor for the five singers in residence - including two students from UCSD, soprano Stephanie Aston and baritone Brian Wahlstrom (photo: Narucki, Wahlstrom, Norfolk faculty member and pianist Lisa Moore, Aston).  On June 27, Susan presented a recital of American music with pianist J.J. Penna and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum in the recital hall at Norfolk, and on July 2 and 3, the singers and ensemble presented two programs, including ten world premieres for voice and ensemble and a wide range of American songs. 

The seminar was featured in an article in the July-August issue of Chamber Music magazine, which includes an extensive interview with Susan. The program was supported in part by the NEA's American Masters Chamber Music Initiative.

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