Dr. Stephanie Tingler, recently hailed as 'extraordinary' by composer, librettist, and producer Sheldon Harnick, has appeared in opera as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote, Adina in Elixir of Love, Nannetta in Falstaff; and musical theater as Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and Poopsie in The Pajama Game. She apprenticed with the Lyric Opera of Cleveland, performed with a number of opera companies, and presented arias in concert with the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfanica de Porto Alegre (Brazil).
A sought after concert artist, Tingler has served as soloist for Chants d'Auvergne (Canteloube), Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Poulenc's Gloria, Mozart and Faura Requiem, Carmina Burana, Bach's Cantata No. 51, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios (Rodrigo). Her collaborations include work with conductors Gary Sheldon, Albert Ligotti, John Gordon Ross, Yoel Levi, Erich Kunzel and Carl Topilow.
Acknowledged as an outstanding interpreter of the art song repertoire, she was chosen to participate in the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival, Tingler has subsequently made numerous recital tours of the midwest and southeast in a variety of programs featuring Russian, American, women and Ohio composers, sacred music for voice and organ, and works for soprano and double bass. Most recently, she and colleague Dr. Martha Thomas have collaborated on Made in America, a recital that features texts and music by Americans presented in Kenya and Brazil. She has been featured on programs for the Festival of Women Composers International and Southeastern Women's Studies Association. Also an avid chamber music performer, Tingler has collaborated with the Georgia Guitar Quartet, Georgia Brass (under the direction of Fred Mills), trumpeter Ross Beacraft, oboist Richard Killmer, flutist Ronald Waln, clarinetist Theodore Jahn, and violinist Michael Heald.
Among her competitive credits are national finalist honors in the Bel Canto Opera, Opera Columbus Annual Operatic, and American Traditions competitions. She received the Annemarie Gerts Award in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition, and in 1998, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Russian Art Song Course taught by Galina Vishnevskaya at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, Great Britain.
Although best known as a performer, she has received recognition as a teacher, scholar and author as well. Dr. Tingler has presented master classes in voice at various institutions, among them The Ohio State University, East Carolina University, State University of New York at Fredonia, Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and a four-day series of classes at the Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana in Porto Alegre, Brazil, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and OSPA. Her articles on vocal pedagogy and wellness have appeared in several journals, in addition to presentations regarding health issues crucial to musicians and professional voice users for MENC, GMEA, ASTA, and Athens Regional Medical Center.
Tingler's research on women in music has been presented at national and international conferences, including: "Women in Music: A Celebration of the Last 100 Years at Ohio University"; the Third and Fourth Annual Festival of Women Composers, International at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA; "American Muses: Women Making Music/Exploding the Stereotypes at Scripps College in Claremont, California"; and "Women, Music and Creativity: A Symposium on Music and Gender" at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Awarded grants from The Ohio State University and University of Georgia Research Foundation, Tingler has written articles on composer Oley Speaks, soprano Margaret Speaks and tenor John McCormack, the latter two appearing in the American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press in 1999. This work was awarded the Dartmouth Medal by the American Library Association for best new reference work published in the United States.
Stephanie Tingler holds undergraduate degrees in English and American literatures from East Carolina University and in Vocal Performance from Northern Kentucky University; the Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music; and the Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University. She was appointed to the School of Music faculty at the University of Georgia in 1992, where she is currently Associate Professor of Voice, teaching undergraduate and graduate studio voice, and vocal pedagogy.
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