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Soprano Estelí Gomez Named As Artist-In-Residence, 2016–17 Academic Year

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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that soprano Estelí Gomez will be an Artist in Residence during the 2016–17 academic year, October 31–November 7, 2016, and February 9–14, 2017.  Ms. Gomez, a member of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, has twice visited the Conservatory and worked with our students.  During her residencies Ms. Gomez will delve into 21st century opportunities for professional singers, guide master classes, and provide coaching and lessons.  She will also, during the 2017 visit, coach baroque singing with the Conservatory spring opera cast in collaboration with Conservatory faculty Fenlon Lamb and Allison DeSimone, provide lessons, and work with composition students on vocal compositions.

Conservatory Dean Peter Witte notes, “Estelí Gomez is a 21st century artist with a passion for stylistic flexibility, and vocal repertoires old and new.  A founding member of Roomful of Teeth, the groundbreaking GRAMMY award-winning vocal octet first hosted by UMKC in September of 2014, Estelí has collaborated with forward-thinking artists and ensembles including composer Kaija Saariaho, stage director Peter Sellars, the New York Philharmonic’s Contact Series, the Kennedy Center's KC Jukebox Series, the New World Symphony, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.  

UMKC Conservatory's composition department is internationally recognized as a center for new music, and Estelí's appointment places strength upon strength.  As a vocalist, her grasp of the music of our time and the music of the baroque is an exemplary addition to UMKC’s long-standing traditions of excellence in choral and operatic repertoire.  Her additional experience in exploring new career venues for young self-managed musicians will serve as both a resource for students, and a catalyst for interdepartmental discourse.

We look forward to learning with and from Estelí in the days ahead.  As a performer and pedagogue, she connects across genres and creates new opportunities, joyfully; our community welcomes her with equal joy.”

Estelí Gomez Bio
Praised for her “clear, bright voice” (New York Times), "effortless, spun-silk timbre" (Lucid Culture) and "artistry that belies her young years" (Kansas City Metropolis), soprano Estelí Gomez is gaining recognition as a stylish interpreter of both early and contemporary repertoire.  Estelí has sung under the batons of Simon Carrington, Bernard Labadie, Sir Neville Marriner, Helmut Rilling, Stephen Layton, and Ludovic Morlot, for audiences across North America, as well as France, Germany, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, China, Korea, Japan, Turkey, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka.  In January 2014 she received a GRAMMY award with vocal octet Roomful of Teeth in the category of best chamber music/small ensemble performance; a featured soloist on recordings of works of Robert Kyr (Harmonia Mundi, 2014) and Samuel Barber (Harmonia Mundi, 2012) with Conspirare, and Rossini and Rheinberger with Etherea Vocal Ensemble (Delos, 2013), in 2011 she was one of five singers on Ensemble Caprice's Salsa Baroque (Analekta) to be nominated for a JUNO in the category of Classical Album of the Year:  Vocal or Choral Performance.

Estelí has appeared as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Kingsbury Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, UT Austin Wind Ensemble, Seraphic Fire, Musica Vocale, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Princeton Pro Musica, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.  Estelí has taught artist residencies at Yale, Princeton, Lawrence, Exeter, University of Oregon Eugene, Grinnell, UMKC, Depauw, Bowdoin, and MIT.

A devoted performer of early music, Estelí was awarded first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Pozna?, Poland in November 2011; one year later she returned to Poland as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah in the 10th International Festival of Boy Choirs.  Her Montréal-based early music group Ensemble 1729 has toured internationally and performed for a sold-out audience at Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, 2013.  Estelí was a featured recitalist as Victoria Bach Festival’s New Young Artist in 2012, and has performed the title role in Handel’s Agrippina (Opera McGill), Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Yale College), Clomiri in Handel’s Imeneo (Opera McGill), and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project).

As a founding member of groundbreaking vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, Estelí is additionally dedicated to modern repertoire, and the exploration of extended vocal techniques from around the world.  Her performance of Rinde Eckert’s neo-alpine yodeling solo “Cesca’s View” has been called “wonderfully haunting” (Times Union) and “breathtakingly lovely” (icareifyoulisten.com); Roomful of Teeth’s self-titled debut album (October 2012) featured Caroline Shaw's Partita, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.  Estelí has premiered new works with award-winning recorder quintet Flûte Alors! in Montréal, and served as guest artist in residence for five consecutive years with the University of Oregon, Eugene composition department, both teaching masterclasses on writing for voice, and performing recitals of student works.

Highlights of 2015-16 include solo debuts at the Kennedy Center and with the NY Philharmonic, the role of Galatea in Handel's Acis and Galatea in Baltimore, performances of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, a recital of Schubert and Mendelssohn with fortepiano and period clarinet in St. Louis, Ligeti's Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures with New World Symphony in Miami, a featured chapter in the premiere of Hopscotch with Los Angeles-based experimental opera company The Industry, Berio's Sinfonia with Roomful of Teeth and the Seattle Symphony, teaching residencies at UMKC, CalArts, and JMU, and Roomful of Teeth's first collaboration with International Contemporary Music Ensemble (ICE), Kaija Saariaho, and Peter Sellars.

Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Estelí received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in music cum laude from Yale College, and Master of Music from McGill University, specializing in early music vocal performance studying with Sanford Sylvan.  She currently travels and performs full-time.  Additional information may be found at esteligomez.com.

 

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu