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Department: Music

Jacqueline J. Leary-WarsawJacqueline J. Leary-Warsaw

Associate Professor of Music
Director, Vocal Studies Program

Office:

Hill Music Bldg. 118

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4948
Office Fax: (205) 226-3058
E-mail: jwarsaw@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, soprano, has been heard in opera, oratorio, solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She is best known to audiences around the world as the host of the popular television series In Concert on EWTN network. As the producer, writer, and on-air host of In Concert, she has worked in collaborative production with Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), EuroArts (Berlin, Germany), and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Dr. Leary-Warsaw's solo performances include the Instituto Paulo VI (Santiago, Chile), Organization of American States (Washington, D.C.), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, Opera America, Musicana Enterprises, Alabama OperaWorks, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Birmingham's City Stages, and numerous other opera and symphonic organizations. Some of her favorite roles include Sophie (Werther), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Isabelle/Madeline (The Face on the Barroom Floor), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Baby Doe (Baby Doe), Lucy (The Telephone), Kathryn (The Reformed Peasant), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), and Judith in the world premiere of Erni's Still Life. In demand as a singer of new art music, she has sung original works in collaboration with such composers as Henry Mollicone, Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Dorothy Hindman, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Jan Vicar, Sylvia Glickman, Robert G. Patterson, Monroe Golden, and Tracy Mendel. Internationally released video recordings of Mozart's Coronation Mass, K. 317 (EWTN, c. 2000) and Schubert’s Ave Maria (EWTN, c. 2007) feature Dr. Leary-Warsaw as the soprano soloist.

Dr. Leary-Warsaw has received national recognition as a voice teacher, researcher, and writer. In 2012, she presented her most recent research in a paper entitled Engaging the Culture: Performing Arts and Society at the Hawaii University International Arts and Humanities Conference.  Classical Singer Magazine featured her as a guest master teacher at national conventions in 2009 (Chicago) and 2010 (New York), and in 2002, she was chosen as one of only twelve voice professors from throughout North America for the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Internship Program. Dr. Leary-Warsaw's work, Nineteenth-Century French Art Song of New Orleans: A Repertoire Study was recognized by the Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University as a “genuinely important work in American music history” for which she was awarded the Peabody Career Development Grant (2000). She received a Medal of Honor (1997) from the National Society of Arts and Letters for her work with famed conductor/opera director Sarah Caldwell and renowned American opera singer Lucine Almara at the NSAL National Career Awards. In addition, she has written and published several articles on French-text American art song, the vocal works of women composers, children's opera, and sacred and liturgical music of the Catholic Church.

As an active clinician, lecturer, and master class teacher, Dr. Leary-Warsaw has presented programs for numerous colleges, universities, and professional organizations including the Accademia dell'Arte (Arezzo, Italy), Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile), Classical Singer Magazine, Birmingham Opera Theater, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Opera for Youth, Inc., National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Society of Arts and Letters, and National Opera Association. Dr. Leary-Warsaw has held leadership positions with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (state, regional) and National Society of Arts and Letters (state, national). She has served as a judge for national voice competitions sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Classical Singer Magazine, National Association of Arts and Letters, and National Association of Teachers of Singing,

Dr. Leary-Warsaw is a member of the American Musicological Association, National Opera Association, Opera America, NATS, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, National Society of Arts and Letters, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Educational Background

Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance/Research, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, 2000.

Master of Music, Vocal Pedagogy, The Catholic University of America, 1988.

Bachelor of Music, University of Louisville, Voice Performance, 1986.

Principal Teachers: Ruth Drucker, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Martha Randall, André Montal, Elaine Bonazzi, Thomas Grubb.

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Vocal Literature, specialty in 19th century French art song
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Foreign Language Lyric Diction

Courses Taught:

MS 120 Applied Voice (1/4)
One-half hour weekly of private instruction. This course is either an elective, or a secondary instrument for the B.A., B.M., and B.M.E. degrees.

MS 320 Applied Voice (1/2)
One hour weekly of private instruction. This course is either an elective for the B.A. and B.M. degrees, or principal instrument for the B.A., B.M., and B.M.E. degrees.

MS 420 Applied Voice (1)
One hour weekly of private instruction. This course is a principal instrument for the B.M. degree candidate or for junior and senior music majors for the B.A. and B.M.E. degrees.

MU 221 Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Music History (1
) A study of Western music from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century, surveying both the literature of music and the data of written history. Prerequisites: MU 123 and 152, and EH 102.

MU 222 Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music History (1)
A continuation of MU 221, beginning with the seventeenth century and extending through major composers of the twentieth century. Prerequisites: MU 123 and 152, and EH 102.

MU 243 Diction for Singers (1/2)
A study of Italian, German, and French pronunciation as it applies to solo vocal repertoire. Special emphasis is placed on use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), analysis of texts, and performance of selected works.

MEd 337 Vocal Pedagogy and Diction (½)
Various methods of teaching singing, vocal anatomy, acoustical analysis, vocal dysphonia, and vocal health issues. A study of Italian, German, and French pronunciation as it applies to solo vocal repertoire. Special emphasis is placed on use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), analysis of texts, and performance of selected works.

MU 425 Vocal Literature (1/2)
A survey course of international art song and operatic repertoire which, broad in scope, encompasses historical applications, performance practices, compositional styles (both within historical periods and as applicable to specific composers), and the fusion of word and music inherent within the genres. Prerequisite: MU 222 or consent.

MEd 437 Vocal Pedagogy (1⁄2) A study of vocal anatomy, acoustical analysis, vocal dysphonias, vocal health issues, and applied teaching methods.

MU 499 Senior Project in Music (1)
An extensive paper, composition, or performance preparation. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent.

Exploration Term Courses:

Performing Arts at the Accademia dell'Arte, Arezzo, Italy
Engaging the Culture: Performing Arts and Society
Psychology of the Performing Arts
Performance Practicum in Voice
What's so Magical about Mozart's "Flute"?

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