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Jamie Van Eyck (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: USA

The Amewrican mezzo-soprano, Jamie Van Eyck, obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Graduated with academic honors and performance distinction); her Master of Music dgree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (Graduated with academic honors and performance distinction); her Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music (Graduated with academic honors and performance distinction); and her Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Recipient of the Paul Collins Fellowship for Outstanding Performance and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation).

With polished, elegant vocalism and committed dramatic portrayals on-stage, Jamie Van Eyck appeals to audiences and critics alike as a compelling artist in opera and concert. She made her debut with Arizona Opera as Cherubino in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, earning praise from Opera Today for “singing her arias with polished tones and bringing the audience thoughts of first love.” She has also sung the role for the Bar Harbor Music Festival and Opera Theater of St. Louis. In concert, she has performed Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the American Symphony Orchestra and Madison Symphony, and George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Utah Symphony Orchestra. She recently made her New York City solo recital debut with pianist Jocelyn Dueck at The National Opera Center. Recent festival appearances include concerts for California’s Ojai Festival and Ojai North, Dido in Dido and Aeneas for Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival, and recitals for the Grahamstown and FynArts Festivals in South Africa.

Other opera credits include performances with Boston Lyric Opera as The Drummer in The Emperor of Atlantis and as Daughter in the world premiere performances of The After-Image. She returned to Utah Opera as Meg in Little Women, giving a performance that Opera News called, “luminescent.” She sang the role of Hansel in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel for the Alabama Symphony, and Flora in La Traviata for the Pacific Symphony. With the Bard SummerScape Festival, Jamie has been seen in the roles of Alkmene in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae, and Milli in Schreker’s Der Ferner Klang. She sang Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking for Madison Opera, Stefano in Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette for the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi for the Princeton Festival. During her consecutive residencies at Wolf Trap Opera, she sang the roles of Dorabella in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, and Melanto in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, for which the Washington Post called her “a standout!”

A frequent recitalist, Jamie Van Eyck has appeared in repeat engagements with the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art Concert Series, and New York’s Five Boroughs Music Festival. In concert, she has performed L.v. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the American Symphony Orchestra and with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Other concert appearances include Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis with the Bard SummerScape Festival, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the New England Contemporary Ensemble, Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Été with City Music-Cleveland. She sang G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde in Boston with the Harvard-Radcliffe Symphony, and has twice performed in recital with acclaimed pianist, Steven Blier, at Wolf Trap. With the National Symphony Orchestra, she was a soloist in This Way to Broadway with Marvin Hamlisch, and she sang The Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, for which The Washington Times declared, “her robust and authoritative instrument carried the day!” She has been featured in several Boston Pops Orchestra concerts with conductor Keith Lockhart, and she made her Broadway debut in Jerome Kern’s Music in the Air for New York City Center.

This season, Jamie Van Eyck sings Rosie Chayney in The Manchurian Candidate for Austin Opera, and Ariodante in G.F. Handel’s Ariodante at National Sawdust in New York City, with director R.B. Schlather. She sings Dido and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas on tour with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and scenes from The Crucible and The Turn of the Screw for the Institute for Women Conductors with Nicole Paiement for the Dallas Opera. She sings excerpts from new operas on Fort Worth Opera’s Frontier’s Showcase, and covers the role of Jacqueline Kennedy in Fort Worth Opera’s world premiere of JFK, by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek.

Bridge Records recently released Jamie Van Eyck's second recording for the label titled, Complete Crumb Edition Vol. 15, featuring George Crumb’s American Songbook V: Voices from a Forgotten World. The disc has been praised as “consistently wonderful” and “not to be missed” by Classics Today. She has also recorded for Albany Records and Centaur Records. An avid proponent of new music, Jamie Van Eyck has sung two world premiere performances at Carnegie Hall, including Ned Rorem’s Three Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. At Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music, she performed the role of Mama in the North American staged premiere of Elliott Carter’s What Next? under the baton of James Levine. For her leading role, the Hartford Courant proclaimed that she “performed beautifully with exacting musical precision and strong charisma.” Her performance can be seen on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s DVD release of the opera.

Jamie Van Eyck is proud to served as an Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate voice, as well as the Vocal Literature course for Vocal Performance Majors. As a teacher of voice, she regularly seeks out continuing education opportunities. She recently received grants to study at the 2015 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Winter Workshop, and the 2016 David Jones Teacher Mentoring Program in New York City. She was selected as one of twelve participants in the prestigious 2016 NATS Intern Program, where she completed intensive study with Master Teacher, Julie Simson, as well as Master Teachers Stephen King, James Doing, and Jeannette LoVetri. She works with students of a variety of ages and skill-levels, from those in the early stages of vocal study to singers embarking upon professional singing careers. She aims to help students release vocal tension and inhibition to find a completely individual and easily produced sound that is capable of power, projection, and broad artistic expression. She brings to each student the knowledge that she has acquired through years of academic study, as well as her extensive and distinguished professional performance career, which includes work with many of the most notable opera companies, orchestras, coaches, teachers, and conductors in the USA and abroad.

Jamie Van Eyck married Jose Beceiro on May 8, 2016.


Source: Jamie Van Eyck Website & Facebook profile; Baylor School of Music Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Geoffrey McDonald


P-1 (2014, Video): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Ruggiero]

Links to other Sites

Jamie Van Eyck - Mezzo Soprano (Official Website)
Jamie Van Eyck on Facebook

Dr. Jamie Van Eyck (Baylor School of Music)

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