Song, voice therapy
Second week (July 98-26)
Eleanor Valkenburg, soprano, has achieved worldwide recognition as a chamber musician, soloist, and voice teacher/voice therapist. Ms Valkenburg has performed in some of the most prestigious festivals and chamber music series including the Bergen Festival, the Istanbul International Music Festival, the Sarajevo Festival, L’ Octobre Festival du Carthage, the Martinu Festival in Czech Republic, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Millennium Concert Series at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Victoria and Albert Museum series and the St-Martin-in-the Fields in London. She has performed in more fifty countries Tunisia, Bosnia, India, Serbia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Peru and Syria and has presented lectures as well as performing concerts. She has taught master classes at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, The Music Academies of Sofia, Istanbul, Bucharest, Bratislava, Belgrade, and Jordan and has served on the faculty of the Rhodope Festival in Bulgaria. She has held faculty positions at the College of New Rochelle, Adelphi University, and the University of Alabama has appeared in radio and television broadcasts for the CNN World Report, CNN Turk, Polish, Czech and Slovakian Television and has received praise for her work and artistry from the New York Times, Newsday and, the Washington Post. Her recent recording of Aaron Copland songs was selected to be featured on the 9/11 Memorial Museum website.
Ms. Valkenburg has received support from the Fulbright Foundation, the CBS Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ambassador’s Envoy Program of the United States State Department, the Martinu Foundation, the Janaček Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She received her earliest training at the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College School in New York City. After attaining a Bachelors Degree from the SUNY at Stony Brook, she earned her Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Master of Science degree from Hunter College in New York City. She also attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria studying with Rita Streich and Hetty Pluemacher and also participated in master classes in France with pianist, Dalton Balwin and Loraine Nubar and at the Blossom Festival studying with the pianist Martin Katz.