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Upcoming Master Class - Voice


Thursday, October 21
8:30PM, Ford Hall and via IUMusicLive!

Featuring members of the Voice department

*Please note that according to specially approved protocols, singers in this class may remove their masks in order to perform.

Meet the artists

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Jane Dutton is associate professor of voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

An Indiana native, she has sung in many of the top opera houses in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, English National Opera (London), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), and New York City Opera—first as a mezzo-soprano and now as a dramatic soprano.

Dutton made her European opera debut at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu and was reengaged by the theater for 10 seasons. She has sung several seasons at London’s English National Opera, most recently appearing as Kundry in Parsifal. That appearance marked the start of her career as a Wagnerian soprano, and she has since sung many of the major Wagnerian roles in the United States, Germany, and Hong Kong.

In the United States, she has sung Jordan Baker in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby and Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, as well as numerous other roles for the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to her appearances in major U.S. opera houses, she has sung with more than 25 U.S. regional opera houses, in more than 30 different major roles.

Dutton’s orchestral work highlights include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, RTE National Symphony (Ireland), Prague Radio Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Korean Broadcast Symphony at the United Nations General Assembly. She has recorded under the Chandos and Albany Records labels.

She has been awarded prizes in many competitions, including Placido Domingo’s Operalia. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with famed Wagnerian Margaret Harshaw. Dutton earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University.

Contact Professor Dutton at duttonj@indiana.edu

Kathiana Dargenson

Kathiana Dargenson, Haitian-American soprano and first-year graduate student, is pursuing the degree of Master of Music in Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Carol Vaness. She has recently been seen as an ensemble member in Opera Orlando’s latest production of “Carmen,” and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as a background vocalist for renowned rapper Rod Wave. Prior to graduating with a B.A. in Music Studies and Psychology from the University of South Florida, Kathiana participated in several summer programs, including the Assisi, Italy Music and Arts Festival, Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, and Opera Naples Youth Summer Program. She performed the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience” in the latter. Kathiana has sung in master classes with Dr. Sherry Overholt, Luis Burkot, Peter Randsman, Tammy Hensrud, and Kyung Kim.

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Peter Volpe is associate professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Praised for his “stentorian and robust bass” by The New York Times, American bass Volpe continually receives critical and popular acclaim across four continents for his powerful command and rich texture of his timbre. Possessing a vast and ever-expanding repertoire of over 90 roles in six languages in a career spanning more than 35 years, his captivating style and interpretive skill embrace the depth of every historical and fictional character he embodies. Of his recent portrayal of Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Opera News applauded his ability “to create in his single aria and scene an impressive dignity. His full-bodied bass and great candor of tone, together with his intelligent interpretation, won him a well-deserved ovation.”

Volpe has graced the stages of many of the great opera houses throughout the United States and abroad. He made his memorable Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokofiev’s War and Peace and subsequently returned for 13 seasons with the company. Other prominent opera houses he has performed in include Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Oper Stuttgart, Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Florentine Opera, Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Spoleto Festival USA, Palm Beach Opera, Portland Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. He has also performed in the opera houses of Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai, Beijing, Prague, Colmar, Imola, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, and Dusseldorf.

Volpe has performed with some of the most celebrated conductors of his time, including James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Sir John Pritchard, Maurizio Arena, Marco Armilliato, Marcello Viotti, Jacques Lacombe, Jonathan Darlington, Semyon Bychkov, Joseph Rescigno, Vincent La Selva, Richard Buckley, Leon Botstein, and Richard Hickox, among others.

Notable roles for Volpe include the title role in Don Giovanni, King Philip II in Don Carlo, Méphistophélès in Faust, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Ramfis in Aïda, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Timur in Turandot, Ferrando in Il trovatore, and Basilio in The Barber of Seville.

Contact Professor Volpe at pvolpe@iu.edu

Jonathan Elmore

Jonathan Elmore is a tenor and collaborative pianist, currently based in Bloomington, IN. He has performed the roles of Tamino (“Die Zauberflöte”) and Ferrando (“Così fan tutte”). Other partial roles include Pelléas (“Pelléas et Mélisande”), Rodolfo (“La Bohème”), Don Ottavio (“Don Giovanni”), and Roméo (“Roméo et Juliette”). Jonathan is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and is currently pursuing the degree of Master of Music in Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he is a student of Heidi Grant Murphy and Kevin Murphy.

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A shimmering soprano with enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is one of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation. A native of Bellingham, Wash., she began vocal studies while attending Western Washington and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her graduate studies were interrupted when she was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and engaged by Maestro James Levine to participate in the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Today, she has established a reputation not only for her radiant musicianship and impeccable vocal technique but also for her warm personality and generosity of spirit.

Murphy has appeared with many of the world's finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, working with many of the world's most esteemed conductors. The 2009-10 season marked the twentieth anniversary of Murphy's Metropolitan Opera debut, which led to numerous roles there

Murphy began the 2011-12 season in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero at the Mann Center, a performance she will reprise at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. In late July, she visited the Sun Valley Summer Symphony festival for a recital of Debussy, Boulanger, and Chausson with her husband, pianist Kevin Murphy. Orchestral engagements see Murphy with the San Diego Symphony for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, The Iris Orchestra for Mozart, Copland, and Mahler, and with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano for Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Murphy's latest recording, Lullabies & Nightsongs, based on the children's book illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was released in September 2009 on Koch International. With Maestro Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, she appears on a live recording of Mahler IV and a separate recording of Augusta Read Thomas's Gathering Paradise on New World. Her other recordings include Roberto Sierra's Missa Latina with baritone Nathaniel Webster and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Naxos and an XM Satellite Radio compilation of Sondheim classics. For Koch records, Murphy has recorded Sueños de Amor, a disc of Latin love songs; The Gifts of Christmas; Times Like This; Dreamscape: Lullabies from around the world; and a recording of Sir John Tavener's To a Child Dancing in the Wind paired with Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Sappho Fragments.

The Delos label released her recording of Mahler's Symphonies No. 2 and 4 with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony. Murphy's album on Arabesque Records, Clearings in the Sky, featuring Lili Boulanger and Rachmaninoff works, was praised by Gramophone Magazine. For the Deutsche Grammophon label, she has recorded Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with the Staatskapelle Dresden as well as Idomeneo (Ilia) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina), both conducted by James Levine. Additional recording projects include Vincent Youmans's Through theYears for PS Classics; Twilight and Innocence, a recital disc for Arabesque; Bach cantatas for Arabesque; Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; and the Grammy-nominated Sweeney Todd (Johanna) for the New York Philharmonic's private label.

She has been a featured guest on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, and BBC Radio 3.

Contact Professor Murphy at heimurph@indiana.edu

Elleka Okerstrom-Drew

Elleka Okerstrom-Drew is a first-year doctoral student in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Peter Volpe. She recently moved to Bloomington after spending two years performing and teaching in the Kansas City area. Elleka has performed with the chorus of Lyric Opera of Kansas City in productions of Donizetti’s "Lucia di Lammermoor" and Moravec’s "The Shining." Her recent roles include Papagena in Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" and Morgana in Handel’s "Alcina." Elleka previously attended Jacobs, where she received the degree of Master of Music in Voice Performance, performing in several productions, including “Peter Grimes,” “Florencia en el Amazonas,” “Oklahoma!,” and “Dead Man Walking.” In addition to operatic performances, Elleka has sung with several professional choral ensembles, including the Dallas Chamber Choir and the Highland Park Chorale.

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Born in San Diego, CA, Carol Vaness launched her professional singing career at the New York City Opera, where she appeared regularly from 1979 to 1983. Since then, she has sung on the world's biggest stages and at premier music festivals, collaborated with today's foremost conductors in operatic and symphonic repertoires, appeared on numerous television broadcasts throughout North America and Europe, and compiled a distinguished catalog of recordings.

Her interpretations of Mozart's dramatic heroines, including Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo, and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, have been hailed as definitive, and she has become especially identifiable with the role of Floria Tosca. She performed the title role of Puccini's Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Pavarotti in the legendary tenor's final operatic performance.

Vaness made her professional debut as Vitellia for the San Francisco Spring Opera and has been acknowledged as the world's leading interpreter of this role. She has appeared as Vitellia at the Met Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera and Gran Teatro del Liceo and at the Salzburg Festival and other leading theaters.

Among her many celebrated television appearances, she has been featured on the Pavarotti Plus and Pavarotti and Friends telecasts from Lincoln Center, as well as the Richard Tucker Gala and In Performance at the White House with members of the New York City Opera.

Contact Professor Vaness at cvaness@indiana.edu

Cassie Glaeser

Cassie Glaeser, a soprano and native of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, recently made her IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater debut as Mrs. Grose in Benjamin Britten's “The Turn of the Screw.” She is pursuing the degree of Doctor of Music in Voice Performance with a minor in Music Education under the guidance of Jane Dutton. Cassie has been seen as an apprentice artist for two seasons with Sarasota Opera. She was also an apprentice artist for two seasons with Des Moines Metro Opera. While there, she made her mainstage debut as the Fourth Maid in Strauss’s “Elektra” and covered the role of Chrysothemis in that same production. She also appeared as a young artist with Seagle Music Colony, where she performed the roles of Antonia and Giulietta in “The Tales of Hoffmann.” Cassie earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she performed the title role in Cherubini’s “Medea, Suzel in “L’amico Fritz,” and Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni.” She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Lawrence University, where she performed as Mařenka in “The Bartered Bride.”

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Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is assistant professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he specializes in art song literature and opera coaching. He is also the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for both the Colorado/Wyoming District and the Rocky Mountain Region.

From 2017 to 2020, he was a postdoctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor in chamber and collaborative music at the Jacobs School. He was previously a member of the applied piano faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he codirected the nationally award-winning Bravo Opera Company.

Armstrong has been a principal production pianist and coach at Eugene Opera, Opera Colorado, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera on the Avalon, Sugar Creek Opera, Tel Aviv Summer Opera Program, and Opera Tampa. He has taught on the faculty of the Sherrill Milnes Savannah Voice Festival and the International Vocal Arts Institute, in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

In 2005, he coached and recorded the newly revised version of Béla Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle under the direction of the composer’s son, Peter Bartók.​ In 2010, Armstrong was a featured solo pianist in a recital of the complete solo piano works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici at New York University Steinhardt.

Armstrong earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also earned a Master of Music degree in Chamber Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Svetozar Ivanov and Robert Helps.

Armstrong holds professional memberships in the College Music Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In 2019, he was chosen to participate in the acclaimed NATS Intern Program at the New England Conservatory.

Past Master Classes


Faculty Master Class Series - Strings

Featuring Haydn cello concerto with Brandon Vamos, Bottesini double bass concerto and Haydn symphony excerpt with Jeffrey Turner, and Beethoven violin concerto with Kevork Mardirossian.

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