Associate Professor of Voice
Mezzo soprano Dr. Aidan Soder joined the voice faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2007. A graduate of Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX, Dr. Soder has performed extensively in concert, opera, and recital with the Alabama Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Delaware Symphony, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Houston Symphony. Her diverse repertoire includes performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat, Berio’s Circles, Massenet’s Werther, and Mahler's Das klagende Lied.
Well-regarded as a pedagogue and technician, Dr. Soder has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe. Early in her teaching career, she participated in the NATS Intern Program, and 2005–2007 she served on the faculty at the University of South Dakota. She was a founding faculty member of the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Kiefersfelden, Germany, and in 2011, Dr. Soder joined the summer faculty at Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp where she teaches voice and acting for singers.
Dr. Soder’s scholarly and performing interests include the music of Schoenberg, performance practice-related issues in contemporary music, French mélodie of the early 20th century, and art song of living American composers. In spring 2013, she premiered composer Karim Al-Zand’s Orange Torches Against the Rain, a song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano set to the poetry of Amy Lowell. Other premieres include Al-Zand’s Tagore Love Songs, which have been recorded and released by Albany Records.
Dr. Soder’s book Sprechstimme in Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire: a Study of Vocal Performance Practice was published in 2008 by The Edwin Mellen Press and received the Certificate of Merit by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) in 2009. Dr. Soder is the recipient of the Conservatory’s 2011 Kauffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2012 UMKC Trustees Faculty Scholar Award, and most recently and notably, a Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2014-15 academic year. This award will take Dr. Soder to India where she will be researching, teaching, and performing Western classical art songs set to the poetry of Indian Nobel Prize-winning writer Sir Rabindranath Tagore.
Recordings: Tagoriana (with Paul Busselberg, baritone, and Calogero di Liberto, piano; featuring Karim Al-Zand’s Tagore Love Songs along with other Tagore settings by Carpenter, Bridge, Alfano, and Szymanowski)
Awards and Publications: Fulbright Scholar Award; Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award; Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Certificate of Merit; UMKC Trustees Faculty Scholar Award