Title: Lecturer of Music
Department: Music and Music Education
Office Location: Music Building 208
B.M. from Lawrence University
M.M. from University of Louisville
D.M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of expertise: voice, vocal pedagogy, lyric diction, opera, music history
American soprano Erin K. Bryan has been praised for both her “deft” operatic characterizations and for a voice that is “a lyric soprano of exceptional beauty.” With a passion for oratorio, she was recently heard as soprano soloist for Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Louisville, Ky., as well as Bach’s Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild in Minneapolis. Recent operatic roles include #2/Anne Sexton in Transformations, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw ith UW Opera; Asilah in A Woman in Morocco with Kentucky Opera; and Annina in La Traviata with Cedar Rapids Opera. She sings the role of #1/Young Anne in the first commercial recording of Conrad Susa’s Transformations, which will be released on iTunes in fall 2018.
In addition to performing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, her choral passions extend to early music, where she has sung regular concerts and recitals as a member of the Mendota Consort, a Wisconsin-based five-voice ensemble specializing in 17th-century polyphony.
An advocate for new music, Bryan enjoys frequent collaboration with living composers. Recent works include the Midwest premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s Kay Ryan Songs and the world premiere of “Dangerous New Avenues,” a chamber duet for percussion and soprano by Justin Giarusso.
In summer 2018, she joined the Madison Savoyards in a role debut as Rosalinda in “Die Fledermaus.” She also joined the faculty of the Madison Early Music Festival, teaching beginning voice in the season’s “Journey to Lübeck.”
Bryan holds degrees from Lawrence University, where she studied with Steven Spears and Patrice Michaels, and the University of Louisville, where she studied with Edith Davis Tidwell. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Paul Rowe.