Teaching Experience

 julie

simson

Professor of Music - Voice

Mezzo-soprano 

Rice University
Houston, TX
Professor of Music, Voice

2013 - 2019

University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, CO
Professor of Music, Voice

1990-2013

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Assistant Professor of Music, Voice

1986-1990

Awards in Teaching

2010 - present

Berton Coffin Endowed Faculty Fellowship

Cheyenne/Arapahoe Dormitory Outstanding Teacher Award

Guest Teaching

2010 - present

Vancouver International Song Institute – Univ. of British Columbia

Opera Viva – Verona Italy

George Crumb Symposium – Prague, Czech Republic

Taught contemporary vocal techniques to students from the Czech Republic and Germany

Up North Vocal Institute - Northern Michigan

National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program – Master Teacher

1 of 4 distinguished teachers invited to train young voice teachers at the University of Dayton – Dayton, Ohio 

University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Berkshire Choral Festival – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Taught voice, German diction, operatic repertoire, and Brahms song literature

 

Masterclasses

Vancouver International Song Institute – private teaching and classes

Invited faculty for Opera Viva – Verona Italy

Private teaching and classes - University in Sao Paulo Brazil

Private teaching and classes - Hochschule für Musik in Berlin Germany

George Crumb Symposium - contemporary vocal tech.- Prague Czech Rep.

NATS Intern Program masterclass – Dayton, Ohio

University of Oklahoma – Norman, Oklahoma

Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera Auditions – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Converse College - Spartanburg, North Carolina

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point - Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Chorus – Bismarck, North Dakota

West Texas State University – Canyon, Texas

 

Adjudication

Littleton Chorale – Voice Competition for three Denver area High Schools

Music Teachers National Association Regional Voice Judge – Boulder CO

District and Regional NATS Auditions throughout the United States

Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Midwest Region - Kansas City, Missouri

MENC District and Regional Auditions

MENC National Association Regional Voice Judge -Spearfish SD

Student Accomplishments &
Professional Activities Related to Teaching

MM – Kara Guggenmos – NATS Artist Award Winner $10,000 plus a New York Recital Debut in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall 2002.

 

Students singing professionally with the following opera companies: Ashlawn Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Minnesota Opera, Memphis Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Anchorage Opera, Des Moines, Portland Maine Opera, San Francisco Opera, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua.

 

Students teaching in colleges and universities:

DMA – Gayle Shay – Blair School of Music – Vanderbilt University – Nashville, Tenn.

DMA – Richard Walentine – Jamestown College – Jamestown, North Dakota

DMA – Jeanie Darnell – Florida Gulf Coast University – Fort Myers, Florida

DMA – Kristine Hurst Wajszczuk – University of Alabama – Birmingham, Alabama

DMA – Emily Martin Moberley – Bucknell University – Lewisburg, PA

Education

University of Illinois - Urbana Illinois – MM – Vocal Performance

Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo MI - BM – Music Education

 

Continued Education in Teaching

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

Teaching Internship Program - University of Minnesota

First National Internship program for young teachers to be observed and critiqued by master-teachers who are renowned for the teaching of voice, was chosen 1 of 12 in the nation.

 

Continued Education in Performing

Private study with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig in Nice France – sabbatical project

 

Cleveland Art Song Festival - Cleveland Institute of Music

Masterclass participant chosen via tape audition to work with Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Krause and Michel Eliason.

 

American Institute of Musical Studies - Graz Austria

Program designed to train professional singers towards a career in Europe

Professional Activities
Recordings

Con fervor por Buenos Aires – J. L. Gonzales – Meridian

Nixon in China – Marin Alsop – Naxos

Remember Me – Songs of Richard Faith – Milwaukee WI

Hora Novissima - Horatio Parker - Albany label - TROY 124-25

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #8 - MahlerFest

 

BACH: Bm Mass; St. John Passion; St. Matthew Passion; Easter Oratorio; Magnificat

BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis; Symphony #9

BERLIOZ: Nuits d’ete

DURUFLE: Requiem

DVORAK: Requiem

HANDEL: Messiah

MAHLER: Das Klagende Lied; Symphonies #2,3,4,8; Knabenwunderhorn; Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; Rückert Lieder

MENDELSSOHN: Elijah

MOZART: Coronation Mass; Ch’io mi scordi di te; Requiem

PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky

ROSSINI: Stabat Mater

VERDI: Requiem

 

Repertoire with Orchestra as Soloist

Le nozze di Figaro

Tales of Hoffman 

Nixon in China

Midnight Angel – D. Carlson 

Traviata

Macbeth

Lucia di Lammermoor

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Otello

The Return of Ulysses

Lady Magic Flute

Madame Butterfly

Suor Angelica

Dialogue of the Carmelites

 

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Skylight Opera

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Lyric Opera of Cleveland

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

University of Colorado

University of Colorado

 

2012

2009

2008

2007

2007

1999

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1992

1991

1991

2000

1999

2012

2003

Marcellina

Mother

Second Sec.

L. Neville

Annina

La Dama

Alisa

Magdelena

Emilia

Minerva

3rd Lady

Suzuki

Principessa

Prioress

 

Operatic Roles

Vancouver International Song Institute – Faculty Recital

Artist Recital Sao Paulo Art Museum – Sao Paulo Brazil

Guest Recital at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler – Berlin Germany

Lecture Recital on Alma Mahler Lieder - Regensburg Germany

Recital Regensburg Conservatory of Music - Regensburg, Germany

George Crumb Symposium - Prague, Czech Republic

Recital during Prague Spring Festival - Prague, Czech Republic

New York Recital Debut in Weill Recital Hall - Carnegie Hall - New York

Guest Soloist – Tackas String Quartet – Respighi and Chausson

Guest Artist Recital – Blair School of Music – Nashville TN

Artist Recital – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Poulenc Festival with Dalton Baldwin – Milwaukee Wisconsin

George Crumb Festival – University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska

 

Recitals and Other Concerts
Grants

Recording – “Remember Me” – Songs of Richard Faith – A grant made possible from T.R. Bromley and the Chautauqua Institute.

 

The Songs of Richard Faith - Leyerle Publications - 1995 - ISBN 1-878617-16-8

Three songs written for me to Christina Rossetti Lyrics - Spring quiet; Echo, My heart is like a singing bird

 

National Endowment for the Humanities

Funding to present a symposium examining Dominick Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf: Melding Literature and Music

 

GCAH – Visiting Scholar grant – Guest composer and pianist Richard Faith

 

GCAH – Travel grant to Nice France – intensive study with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig

 

International Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition

The Carolyn Smith Memorial Prize

International East And West Artists Winner for a New York Recital Debut

International Belvedere Mozart Prize Winner - Vienna Austria

Luciano Pavarotti International Competition Finalist

Oratorio Society of New York Finalist (1 of 9)

NATS Artist Award National Second Place Winner

Bel Canto Chorus Competition Winner for a Solo Performance

 

Awards and Honors as a Singer
Professional Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Pi Kappa Lambda

Sigma Alpha Iota

International Who’s Who in Music

 

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