Hi, I’m Angie!
I am a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program in New York, designed and led by world-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. While at Bard I was featured as soloist with the Albany Symphony. Additional recital work included producing my own one woman show, Bond, and co-producing a recital of folk inspired music with my peers.
This season I have been selected to participate in the Aquilon Music Festival’s production of Così fan tutte as Dorabella (understudy). I attended the Berlin Opera Academy in 2018 where I sang La Virtù in L’incoronazione di Poppea directed by David Paul.
My awards include the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition as the 2016 Chicago Chapter Division Winner, the 2015 Midwest Region Honorable Mention, and the 2014 Illinois Chapter Division Winner.
I am devoted to community outreach through recital work, and continue to bring music to audiences with limited musical exposure, having sung often for nursing home residents, middle school and high school students, and bringing an opera to a correctional facility with my colleagues at Wheaton. Most recently I performed works of Ives, Bolcom, Monteverdi and Rossini in recitals in New York.
My Approach To A Typical Lesson
My goal in each lesson is to provide a fun space to explore music and gain new creative and analytical skills in the context of music. Each lesson is split between warm-ups and theory exercises such as scales on the piano, and then repertoire work such as pop arrangements or classical pieces from a work book. Vocal lessons similarly, begin with breathing and vocal warm ups before moving to a specific song in a genre of the student’s choice. It’s important to me that student’s help select the piece or song they work on. In addition to reading music, arranging music and the technical execution of their instrument, I work with each student on communicating the meaning of the selection.
My Advice For Students
Pick one thing to focus on at a time! Music has so many amazing layers and components. It’s very rewarding to have many small successes in your journey as musician. My other tip is to always have fun! If you can’t enjoy the music you are listening to or working, try switching it up.
My Favorite Local Places
Local sources of inspiration for me are Cocoluxe in Gladstone has some of the tastiest and most inspiring French buttercream you can find and the trails at Natirar. The Matisse room at MOMA in NYC, and the 18th century interior design rooms at the Met are also favorite inspiration spots of mine.
One of my favorite songs to sing was a signature song of my mentor, Dawn Upshaw. She introduced me to it and helped me bring it to life for the first time. This song has a special way of capturing the bittersweet feelings of anticipated change. You can see it below or on my website at www.angelahendryx.com.