NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– A Bethel College alumna and a musical colleague will give a special recital featuring voice and piano, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on campus.
“An Art Song Recital” with Julia Foster, soprano, accompanied by Susan Gaeddert on piano, is free and open to the public.
Their program will feature works by Francesco Santoliquido, Francis Poulenc, Alban Berg, John Duke, André Previn and more.
Susan Gaeddert is a 2000 graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. and double major in music and German. She holds a double master’s degree in piano performance/pedagogy and collaborative piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.
She completed a DMA in collaborative piano in 2007 at the UW School of Music. That same year, she was chosen as a winner in the first Shain Competition for piano and woodwind duos at the UW School of Music and also had the honor of premiering John Harbison’s “Vocalism I and II” with soprano Sarah Davis at Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
Never content playing just one instrument, Gaeddert studied harpsichord for several years while pursuing graduate studies, and frequently plays continuo in local performances. She is active in Madison’s musical community as a freelance accompanist, teacher of private piano lessons and adjudicator for local youth piano competitions and festivals. For two years, she toured Wisconsin as an accompanist with Opera for the Young.
Gaeddert currently spends most of her time caring for her two young children, who she says are gradually learning to sing in tune.
Julia Foster, assistant professor of voice at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., is active in the stage, concert and teaching arenas. She holds voice performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (bachelor’s), the Eastman School of Music (master’s) and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston (DMA).
Foster’s recent concert engagements have included Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. On the operatic stage, Foster was most recently seen as Beth in Adamo’s Little Women with the Stoughton (Wis.) Opera Company; Vitige in Handel’s Flavio with Ars Lyrica Houston; and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Amadeus Opera Ensemble, Salzburg.
Other favorites include Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc; the title role in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias; Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance; and Adele in Die Fledermaus.
Foster is an advocate for the performance of art song and is a frequent recitalist. At Rollins College, she coordinates a voice area with more than 90 students and teaches music in both the classroom and studio.
Foster and Gaeddert will hold a master class with Bethel voice students Nov. 8, the day before their recital.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.