Esther Jane Hardenbergh

Assoc. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-2161 x7929
Address:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 121
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

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I love teaching singing. My passion is to assist students to develop a working, healthy technique that allows them to express their own vocal music beautifully and with confidence and prepare for the life of a working singer.

Biography

Dr. Esther Jane Hardenbergh is associate profess or, department chair and program director of the Department of Vocal Performance a t The Frost School of Music. She has also served as the director of the school’s Salzburg  program.

Apart from her extensive teaching career, Dr. Hardenbergh enjoys a rich and varied performing career as a soprano. She has sung extensively throughout the United

States, Canada and Europe in opera, oratorio and recital, appearing with such renowned ensembles as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Memphis  Symphony,  the Atlanta Baroque Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Miami Bach Society, the Handel Choir and Orchestra of Baltimore, the Las Cruces

Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Philharmonic. Dr. Hardenbergh has also toured extensively in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England and France, where she performed in both Paris and Aix-en-Provence. She also took part in a United States Department of State-sponsored tour of Russ ia , Ukraine and Georgia.

Dr. Hardenbergh made her debut with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in a week of performances under the baton of the famed Maestro Erich Kunzel. The sold-out concerts featured Dr. Hardenbergh as soloist in a “highlights” performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and singing Marguerite’s arias from Faust during a film screening of the original 1925 film “Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney. She considers her participation as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Brahm’s Requiem the highlight performances of her career. Other notable operatic performances include her roles of Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ariadne (Ariadne), Micaela (Carmen), Donna Elvira and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Maruerite (Faust), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Pa mina (Die Zauberflöte).

Dr. Hardenbergh made her Weill Recital Hall a t Carnegie Hall debut as the winner of the International Opera Singer Competition, and then went on to garner a reputation as a highly respected interpreter of recital repertoire, 19th century German Lieder and 20th century American Art Song in particular.

In addition, she has a number of commercial recordings to her credit as we ll as appearances on several television specials on ABC and CBS.

Dr. Hardenbergh holds degrees from the University of Richmond (Bachelor of Music Education), Boston University (Masters of Voice -Opera Performance) and a Doctorate in Music and Music Education (Ed.D), specializing in Vocal Pedagogy from Teachers

College, Columbia University. As a Master Class artist, she has been invited to conduct classes and adjudicated competitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her students have performed on both class ica l and music theatre stages -- including Broadway and off-Broadway -- and have sung with many regional opera companies. Several have won regional, national and international competitions.

Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Made her debut with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in a week of performances under the baton of the famed Maestro Erich Kunze
  • Sold-out concerts as a soloist singing in a “highlights” performance of Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera
  • Soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Brahm’s Requiem
  • A highly respected inte rpreter of recital repertoire, 19th century German Lieder and 20th century American Art Song
  • Sung extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe with opera, oratorio and recital
  • Sang Marguerite’s arias from Faust during a film screening of the original 1925 “Phantom of  the  Opera”
  • Her students perform on both the classica l and music theatre stages including those on Broadway and off-Broadway, as well as many regional opera Several have received honors in regional, national and international competitions

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Winner of the International Opera Singer Competition
  • Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Richmond
  • Masters of Voice-Opera Performance degree from Boston University
  • Doctorate in Music and Mus ic Education (Ed.D), specializing in Vocal Pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia

Recordings

  • Several commercial recordings
  • Appearances in national te levision specials for ABC and CBS