Soprano Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, a student in CCM’s DMA Voice program, appears on an upcoming episode of NPR’s From The Top. The hit radio program features America’s best young classical musicians and is hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. On the show, Jordheim performs three selections from Gordon Getty’s celebrated song cycle “The White Election,” accompanied by O’Riley. The episode airs nationally next week and locally on WGUC 90.9 FM at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. The episode was taped before a live audience at the Lincoln Theater Napa Valley on Jan. 23, 2011. Learn more about Jordheim after the jump!
A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Alisa Suzanne Jordheim’s lyric coloratura soprano “has that measure of quick spin that keeps it rock steady in all registers” according to the Northeast Wisconsin Music Review. She is the recipient of a Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Award, Audience Favorite Award in the Tri-State College Vocal Competition, NFAA Level I Arts Award, Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant and a teaching assistantship at CCM. For four consecutive years, Jordheim took first place in the Wisconsin Chapter of NATS and has twice been a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition – Junior Division.
Composers who have composed songs for Jordheim include Lori Laitman, Joanne Metcalf, Josh Deutsch and Rodney Rogers. She was the only singer to win the Midwest Young Artists National Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance with the MYA Alumni Orchestra at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and a performance of Signor Deluso with the Midwest Young Artists Opera, in which she sang the role of Célie.
Jordheim has appeared on From the Top’s radio show twice in the past, in February of 2001 and in January of 2003, singing two duets with Bobby McFerrin in her most recent appearance. In summer 2011, she will be performing the role of 2nd Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Cincinnati Opera. She will also give a recital of all Scandinavian classical song repertoire at 6:45 p.m. on April 29 in CCM’s Watson Recital Hall. Jordheim is a student of William McGraw and Donna Loewy at CCM.
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