The American soprano, Deanna Horjus-Lang, did her undergraduate work at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degreee in vocal performance and education (1977-1982). She received her Master of Music degree in Voice at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she studied with Norman Gulbrandsen (1983-1984). In 1992 she went to The Netherlands and received a Certificate in Baroque Music Performance and Practices at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she studied under Marius van Altena and Diane Forlano. There she remained and performed until her return to the USA in 2003.
Her solo experience includes the St. John Passion (BWV 245), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and B Minor Mass (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach, various oratorio works by George Frideric Handel including The Messiah, Mozart works including Exultate Jubilate and Davidae Penitentae, Haydn works including the Lord Nelson Mass and Die Jahreszeiten, and works of Charles Gounod, Charpentier, Biber, Szymanowski, Gabriel Fauré, John Rutter, etc. Having a strong musical background (piano, flute and bassoon) she was frequently asked to do modern music including works of Stockhausen, Igor Stravinsky and Luciano Berio.
Deanna Horjus-Lang was guest soloist in Festivals in Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and England. In 2004, she soloed in the world premiere of the new orchestration of Darin Hagen's Joyful Music in the opening concerts at Overture Hall in Madison. Among the other organizations with which she has soloed are: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Green Bay Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
Deanna Horjus-Lang has soloed with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Riccardo Chailly, Sigiswald Kuijken, Thomas Wikman, Margaret Hillis, Georges-Elie Octors, Klaus Peter Flor, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kenneth Montgomery, Jos van Veldhoven, Bridget-Michaele Reischl.
Her most noteworthy opera roles include Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, Cenerentola in La Cenerentola by Rossini, Lucy in The Telephone and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti.
Deanna Horjus-Lang is currently Asssociate Lecturer/Choir director music at University Baraboo/Sauk County in Madison, Wisconsin.