-2 years in the German opera theater system
-Was a member of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
-Concert performances with Bach Society of St. Louis, Grant Park Music Festival,Music of the Baroque, Richmond, South Bend, Flagstaff, San Antonio symphonies and more
-7 appearances at Carnegie Hall.
-18 years of university teaching experience.
-Currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Central Michigan University. Have been on the faculty of Loyola, Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities
-10 years teaching at Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute
Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano, is a prolific performer known for the depth and beauty of her voice, as well as her interpretive skills. Praised for her versatility, Ms. Watson is equally at home on the opera and concert stage.
She began her career in Chicago as a member of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists after earning her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College. Her career took her to Germany where, at her first house audition, she was immediately engaged to sing the role of Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte by the Staedtische Buehnen Dortmund. This led to her first Niklaus in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
While living in Europe, she was fest at the Theater Oberhausen, where she sang such diverse roles as Cherubino, Stefano and Mrs. Cratchit in the German premiere of Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol. This production was later featured at the opening night of the Nordrhein-Westfalen Festival of New German Theater at the Stadttheater Aachen.
After returning to the United States, Ms. Watson sang regularly with Chicago Opera Theater in roles such as Hansel, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She has sung with Whitewater Opera, Madison Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater and Portland Opera, where she received rave reviews as the Secretary in Menotti's The Consul. Ms. Watson is known for her ability to sing a wide range of roles from pants roles to the fiery Carmen, and Musetta from La Boheme.
Ms. Watson is a prolific concert performer, having sung concert repertoire and recitals in Europe and the United States. She has performed many times with the Grant Park Symphony with such conductors as Carlos Kalmar, Zdenek Macal, Hugh Wolff, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Christof Perick. She performed the alto solos in Handel's Messiah with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall, as well as with numerous orchestras and the Apollo Chorus at Chicago's Symphony Center. She sang in the American premiere of Britten's The World of the Spirit and Karl Jenkin's The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and Requiem, all at Carnegie Hall.
She has sung with Music of the Baroque, Princeton Pro Musica, the South Bend Symphony, the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Virginia Concert, the Richmond Symphony (Indiana and Virginia), I Virtuosi Pragensis (Prague, Czech Republic), the European Symphony Orchestra (Barcelona, Spain), to name a few. She also sang for the Joffrey Ballet in the Dance for Life benefit concert and joined their regular season in 2008 singing Erik Satie's Cabaret Songs at the Ravinia Festival.
Her repertoire covers the great oratorios, concert and vocal works from Bach to Mozart to Mahler to Verdi, and many more.
Ms. Watson is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Central Michigan University and previously served as Lecturer of Voice and Opera at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.
She began her teaching career at Chicago's well-known Old Town School of Folk Music. Ms. Watson was on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University from 1998-2009, and at Loyola University from 1995-1999, as well as The Chicago Academy for the Arts from 1996-1998. She was on the faculty of Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute 2000-2010, where she taught studio voice as well as vocal science and health seminars. She had also taught both the Introduction and Advanced Vocal Pedagogy courses at CCPA.
Her students are performing both here and in Europe, including apprenticeships with Central City, Intermezzo, Sarasota, BASOTI, La Musica Lyrica, Lucca, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and with opera companies and orchestras around the world. Her students took top prize at the Chicago Regional NATS competition in 2004, 2005 and 2013. Also, in 2013 her students took first place in the FAVA Grand Concours de Chant, 2nd place in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and won the Farwell Trust Award. Ms. Watson has been a member of NATS since 1995 and served as a regional board member for two years. She was president of the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild from 2004-2006. She was also contributed to an article on vocal resonance in the December '08 issue of Classical Singer Magazine. In 2010, along with tenor William Watson and director Michael Ehrman, she co-founded the Opera Training Institute of Chicago (OpTIC), a young artists summer opera training program. She remains an active performer in both concerts and recitals
-Critically acclaimed Bach Evangelist
-Tenor soloist with major orchestras including Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Montreal, Milwaukee and Mexico's National Symphony.
-Soloist with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Cleveland Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and three seasons in the German/Austrian opera theater system.
-Soloist with major concert presenters such as Music of the Baroque, Carmel Bach, Bethlehem Bach, New York Oratorio Society and Boston Baroque
The American tenor, William Watson, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College, with additional study at the American Conservatory of Music and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
William Watson has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Capriccio by Richard Strauss, Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk by Dmitri Shostakovich, and most recently created the role of President Van Buren in the world premiere production of Amistad by Anthony Davis. With Cleveland Opera, he has sung Jaquino in Fidelio, Pedrillo in Entfuehrung aus dem Serail, and David in Meistersinger. He has performed several times with Chicago Opera Theater, from his debut as Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment to Pedrolino in W.A. Mozart’s Jewel Box. Watson has sung leading roles with Palm Beach Opera, Texas Opera Theater, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, and Central City Opera. In Europe, he performed for two seasons at the Aachen Stadttheater in Germany, appearing in Cosi fan tutte, Idomeneo (Idamante), and Verkaufte Braut (Wenzel). He also sang Cosi at the San Sebastian Festival in Spain, Cenerentola at the Europera Festival in France, and L’elisir d’amore in Klagenfurt, Austria.
William Watson has been guest soloist with major symphony orchestras throughout the USA and Canada, including those in Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Montreal, Milwaukee, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with such conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Slatkin, Jesús López-Cobos, Hugh Wolff, Lukas Foss, Mark Elder, and Charles Dutoit. He has also sung with the orchestras of Alabama, Buffalo, Nashville, Dayton, Wichita, Oregon, Jacksonville, Fort Wayne, Monterey, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s, with which he made his Carnegie Hall debut.
William Watson continues to develop his reputation as one of America’s finest J.S. Bach Evangelists. St. Matthew (BWV 244) performances include the Alabama Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Winter Park Bach Festival, Albany Pro Musica, Pro Arte Chorale (NJ), as well as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (ON) and his debut in the Netherlands with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. William Watson’s St. John (BWV 245) Evangelist appearances include the symphonies of New Jersey, Youngstown, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Other concert appearances have included Carmel Bach Festival, Baltimore Choral Arts, Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), Vancouver Chamber Choir, Les Violons du Roy (Quebec), Choral Arts Philadelphia, Bach Society of St. Louis, Berkshire Choral Institute, and New York’s St. Cecilia Chorus at Carnegie Hall.
In a long association with Chicago’s esteemed Music of the Baroque, William Watson has performed a long list of works, including all the major works of Bach; most of the major oratorios of George Frideric Handel plus his operas, Alcina and Semele; many works of Purcell; the operas of Monteverdi and other Baroque masters; and several works of W.A. Mozart and Haydn.
2001 has been highly successful and diverse year for William Watson. He performed at Carnegie Hall as J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) Evangelist with the Oratorio Society of New York. With Chicago Opera Theater he sang in back-to-back critically acclaimed productions – the role of Amon in Philip Glass’ contemporary opera Akhnaten, followed by the role of Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Watson will accompany the latter production to the Brooklyn Academy of Music next spring. On short notice, he jumped into the world premiere production of Philip Glass’ newest opera, In the Penal Colony, performing the lead role of the Visitor. He traveled to Prague to sing with the Czech National Symphony in the Mass in B-flat by Vorisek, recorded by Cedille Records. He performed live on Chicago’s WFMT in Schubert’s Schoene Müllerin. Also on WFMT, as well as nationally on NPR, was a broadcast of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Watson as the Evangelist with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Later this season, he will perform the Bach St. John (BWV 245) Evangelist with the Columbus Bach Ensemble as well as his Magnificat (BWV 245) with the Bethlehem Bach Choir.
William Watson is a visiting assistant professor of voice at the School of Music of Northern Illinois University.
William Watson can be heard on the London Records St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. He also appears on the Newport Classics CD Where’re You Walk (English Handel arias) and on Cedille Records recent release of the Vorisek Mass in Bflat with the Czech National Symphony.
Teresa Kang has been widely sought after for her sensitive supportive accompanying. She completed BA and MA in Piano Performance from Seoul Korea. She worked at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago for four years as an accompanist for the University choir Opera Productions and student recitals. She served as an accompanist for The Skokie Concert Choir for five years.
She was a selected performer twice for the Lunchtime Recital at the Piano Festival in Bishopsgate Recital Hall London (1990 1993). She is proud to have been a performer in 'Green Mills' in Chicago for 'Emerging Artist Series (1998). She was invited to premiere 'Six Moods for Piano' by the composer Seth Boustead at the Chicago Cultural Center (1998). She was asked to play 'Gershwin and his music' at pre-concert for British Philharmonic Orchestra in Krennert Center (2005) Urbana Illinois. She received Nancy Wustman Award by John Wustman honoring his beloved wife at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2008.
Her credits as an accompanist include work on the operas Armide Candide Cosi fan tutte Don Giovanni Gianni Schicchi L?Elisir d?Amore L?Heure Espagnole L?Incoronazione di Poppea The Love for Three Oranges Madama Butterfly Mahagonny MassThe Magic Flute Le Nozze di Figaro Rommeo et Juliette The Scarecrow Suor Angelica La Boheme La Traviata and La Vida Breve: and the musicals Side by side by Sondheim Flora the Red Manace Little Shop of Horror and You?re a Good Man Charlie Brown around Chicago area Urbana-Champaign and Urbania Italy.
Ms. Kang is currently working toward a doctoral degree in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching with Prof. Dennis Helmrich at the Universit of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Experienced and engaging piano teacher available for musicians of all levels from beginners who can't read music to dedicated musicians who've been playing for 10 years+.
Teresa Kang is a lifetime musician who began playing the piano at the age of 5 and is currently earning her doctors degree. She has worked with students and pros of all ages in the past including renown musicians with the Lyric Opera and the respected faculty at Roosevelt University. In short She is a deep lover of music who wants to share it with anyone and everyone interested to learn.
Mina Son is from Joliet, IL She graduated with her Professional Studies degree in collaborative piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, earned her M.M. degree from Central Michigan University and her B.M. from Illinois State University. Mina is featured on Illinois State University’s premiere recording of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 7 on the Albany record label and Central Michigan University’s recording of Terezín’s The Fireflies in 2015. She is currently a staff pianist at Central Michigan University, as well as the organist at Sacred Heart Church.