PULLMAN, Wash — Washington State University music faculty member Julie Anne Wieck opens the upcoming season of music at 8 p.m., Sept. 12, in Bryan Hall Theatre with a voice recital showcasing works by Jewish composers.
The music for the recital featuring the associate professor of music, was chosen to coincide with upcoming Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The pieces, based on texts from Jewish culture, range from Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s “Von Dir, mein Leib,” to George Gershwin’s “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” from “Porgy and Bess.” The concert is free and open to the public.
Also performing with Wieck are three music faculty members: pianist Gerald Berthiaume, and vocalists Sheila Converse and John Weiss, as well as Benjamin Gudgeon, a graduate student.
At WSU, Wieck teaches studio voice, diction, opera workshop and vocal literature. Before coming to WSU in 1996, she taught at the University of Evansville in Indiana. Wieck earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota-Vermillion. She then earned her Master of Music degree and a doctoral degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
An accomplished stage performer, Wieck has performed notable roles in such productions as Roger and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” and Verdi’s “Falstaff.” She has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in performances of “Porgy and Bess” and Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Since coming to the Palouse, Wieck has also performed with the Washington Idaho Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
As director of the WSU Opera Workshop, Wieck has presented full productions of “The Marriage of Figaro,” “The Secret Garden” and Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus.”
Wieck is an active recitalist and adjudicator throughout the region as well as a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Educators National Conference.