Website of the Week!
by Erica Papillion-Posey
The Vocal Resource at Rutgers is a reference site for singers created by educators Judith Nicosa and Christopher Arneson. This comprehensive site contains every singer source from a glossary of “singer” terms to literary must-reads relating to vocal health and an array of more.
Judith Nicosia is Associate Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she teaches voice, musicianship, and vocal literature classes. Prof. Nicosia has been an invited clinician at local, regional, and national levels for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association, and has served as a choral and solo adjudicator for numerous festivals in Canada and the U.S. She enjoys giving master classes and clinics for both students and teachers throughout the Eastern U.S., and is particularly active in this regard in New Jersey. Formerly a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Singing, she is now President of the New Jersey Chapter of ACDA.
A specialist in contemporary music, soprano Judith Nicosia has performed works by Olivier Messiaen, Ned Rorem, and Haskell Small with the composers at the piano, and recorded for the Orion, DR, C.R.I., Albany and Centaur labels. She has been a guest artist with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Performer’s Committee for 20th-Century Music, the Composers Guild of New Jersey, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Alliance for American Song. Having premiered and recorded Charles Schwartz’ crossover jazz symphony “Riding High” as well as his latest work “Rhymes and Fables,” she has also sung the first performance of numerous works by New Jersey composer Laurie Altman, a recent Grammy nominee. Ms. Nicosia has been a soloist with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Mississippi Opera, as well as the Montreal, Quebec, Hartford, Nashville and Colonial symphonies, among others.
Winner of the 1981 Montreal International Voice Competition, Ms. Nicosia has received numerous awards including: First Prize for Woman’s Voice and Second Prize for the performance of Darius Milhaud songs at the Paris International Voice Competition, a career award from the National Institute for Music Theatre, a Sullivan Foundation grant, and three consecutive fellowships to Tanglewood. She made her debut at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble in 1995.http://vocalresource.rutgers.edu/
Christopher Arneson is a professional voice trainer and Vocologist who works with singers, actors, politicians, and public speakers to build powerful, effective voices. Dr. Arneson is co-Director of the Voice and Speech department at the Actors Studio MFA program at the New School University in New York City. He has developed a new Voice-training program there, and has contributed significantly as an author of the three-year curriculum for Masters students, designed to partner and parallel the work of the Method actor. In addition, he teaches Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Arneson has completed Vocology internships at the Grabscheid Voice Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Vox Humana Laboratory at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital where he collaborates with Otolaryngologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in the remediation of professional voice disorders. He currently works privately with clients in New York City and New Jersey. His students perform at major opera houses in the United States and abroad and on Broadway. He is a frequent guest speaker regarding the training and care of the professional voice and will be a guest speaker at the New York State Theatre Educators Conference in New York City in the fall of 2002. Dr. Arneson will also present lectures/workshops for New York University’s Theatre Education department. Dr. Arneson holds the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Binghamton University, and has recently completed his Doctoral studies at Rutgers University. He has performed extensively in the United States and Europe in opera, concert and music theatre, with engagements that have included the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Opera Orchestra of New York, Houston Grand Opera, the Santa Fe Opera Festival, the Netherlands Opera, and the Edinburgh Festival. Dr. Arneson writes for “Classical New Jersey – New Jersey’s Classical Music Magazine.” He is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Opera America, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Arneson has recently joined the Board of Directors for the New York Singing Teachers Association and will join the renowned voice faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in the fall of 2003.http://vocalresource.rutgers.edu/