Hart Mentors Singers in Opera Theatre Program

Jun. 14, 2017

Hart Mentors Singers in Opera Theatre Program
Martha J. Hart

Martha J. Hart, director of Vocal Studies in the Department of Music in Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, has completed another year of teaching for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Spring Training program.

“Teaching year-round for Opera Theatre is a delight," says Hart. "During the school year I see talented high school students weekly, but this summer intensive is a high-powered treat."

The two-week program provides high school students with an introduction to the onstage and back stage world of opera production, she said. Each week culminates in a solo performance and a group scene following their time spent in voice lessons, music rehearsal, staging, makeup and movement sessions, plus master classes.

“Martha Hart is emblematic of all of our voice faculty,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair, Webster University Department of Music. “She sees a number of college students each week, but also teaches high school students, adults, and professionals. She sets a star example for each of us who labor with her in teaching the human voice.”

Highly regarded for her performances of oratorio, art song and chamber music, Martha has sung with the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Atlanta, Lansing, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Omaha and St. Louis, the Florida Orchestra, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Conductors with whom Hart has worked include Helmuth Rilling, Simon Preston, Craig Jessop, and the late Robert Shaw. With Shaw she performed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ, and Copland's In the Beginning. She recorded solos of the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and is a featured soloist on Schubert Songs for Male Chorus with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, both on the Telarc label. Other recordings include music of Charles Ives with the St. Olaf Choir, Linn Records, and a solo CD with pianist J.J. Penna titled Summer Journey: Songs of Darius Milhaud. In March of 2005, she made her solo debut performance at New York's Carnegie Hall singing the Duruflé Requiem.

About the Department of Music

Webster University's music program provides all Webster students an opportunity to perform in students ensembles, and to study music theory in classes and performance in private lessons. Many students take music classes designed for non-majors, such as jazz, world music, and art music appreciation courses.

Nine programs are designed for music majors, including a full gamut of performance degrees, a general music major that is often combined with a non-arts major, music composition, two music education certification areas, and jazz and music technology. Many music majors opt for a time in Vienna during the junior year of study.

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