Dr. Jamie Van Eyck
Assistant Professor of Voice
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
With polished, elegant vocalism and committed dramatic portrayals on-stage, American mezzo-soprano JAMIE VAN EYCK appeals to audiences and critics alike as a compelling artist in opera and concert.
This season she sings leading roles in Handel’s Alcina in New York City and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Los Angeles. She debuts with the Alabama Symphony as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and returns to the Colorado Symphony as mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. This summer, she sings the Lieder of Johannes Brahms on tour throughout South Africa.
Dr. Van Eyck holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a student of Julia Faulkner. During her doctoral studies, she was a recipient of the prestigious Paul Collins Graduate Fellowship, awarded for excellence in performance, and she was awarded a Dissertator Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. She earned Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Van Eyck has taught voice for UW-Madison and Beloit College, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University. Her students have been awarded scholarships to prestigious graduate programs at The Manhattan School of Music, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, New York University, and Westminster Choir College, among others.
Recent opera credits include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and Arizona Opera, for which Opera Today declared that she portrayed the role ’perfectly, singing her arias with polished tones and bringing the audience thoughts of first love.’ With Madison Opera, she has performed Olga in Eugene Onegin and Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw. She made her Boston Lyric Opera debut as The Drummer in The Emperor of Atlantis and as Daughter in the premiere performances of After-Image. ’The Boston Herald praised her performance as, ’beautifully acted and sung.’ A frequent guest with Utah Opera, Ms. Van Eyck returned to the company as Meg in Little Women, giving a performance that Opera News called, ’luminescent.’ Jamie has performed La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi for the Princeton Festival and Stefano in Rom’o et Juliette for the Bar Harbor Music Festival. She appeared at the Bard SummerScape Festival for consecutive summers in the roles of Alkmene in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae and Milli in Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang. She reprised the roles of both Dido and The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group on tour throughout the United States and at Moscow’s acclaimed Golden Mask Festival. During her consecutive residencies at Wolf Trap Opera, Ms. Van Eyck sang Dorabella in Cos’ fan tutte, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Melanto in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, for which the Washington Post called her ’a standout!’ ’She was also featured in the role of The Old Lady in Candide with The National Symphony Orchestra. With Santa Fe Opera, she covered the role of Junon in Plate’ and performed scenes as Sister Helen in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
An avid recitalist, Ms. Van Eyck has performed in repeat recital engagements for the Dallas Museum of Art and the Wolf Trap Foundation Discovery Series, and she gave the Manhattan premiere of the Five Borough Songbook with the Five Boroughs Music Festival. At the Wolf Trap Festival, she has twice performed in recital with acclaimed pianist, Steven Blier. This season, she makes her New York City solo recital debut with pianist Jocelyn Dueck in a performance sponsored by The Casement Fund.’
Ms. Van Eyck has been featured in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the American Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Boston’s Harvard-Radcliffe Symphony. She has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Jamie has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. Other recent concert appearances include Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis in New York and Les Nuits d’’t’ in Boston. She made her debut at California’s Ojai Festival and Ojai North in works by Charles Ives and Henry Cowell. She was a soloist in This Way to Broadway with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and she has been featured in multiple Pops concerts with conductor Keith Lockhart. Jamie made her Broadway debut in Jerome Kern’s Music in the Air with the Encores! series at New York City Center.
A proponent of contemporary American music, Ms. Van Eyck has premiered the works of George Crumb and James Primosch with Orchestra 2001 of Philadelphia. She also sang the premiere of Ned Rorem’s Three Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Carnegie Hall. At the Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music, she performed the role of Mama in the North American staged premiere of Elliott Carter’s What Next? under the baton of James Levine. For her leading role, the Hartford Courant proclaimed that she ’performed beautifully with exacting musical precision and strong charisma.’ Her performance can be seen on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s DVD release of the opera.
Bridge Records recently released Jamie’s second recording for the label titled, Complete Crumb Edition, Volume 15. The disc has been praised as ’consistently wonderful’ and ’not to be missed’ by Classics Today. Jamie is featured on recordings for the Centaur label, as well as multiple recording releases by the American Symphony Orchestra.