IU Jacobs School Historical Performance Institute appoints Judith Malafronte

August 14, 2019
Bloomington, Indiana

The Historical Performance Institute of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Malafronte as Visiting Adjunct Lecturer in Historical Performance (vocal emphasis) for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Malafronte has appeared as mezzo-soprano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as opera companies in Europe and oratorio societies and early music groups throughout the United States. As a vocal coach and continuo player she has given master classes in Europe and Asia, and she maintains an active private voice studio in New York City. She has also taught at the American Bach Soloists Academy since its inception.

Malafronte taught for fifteen years at Yale University, having created undergraduate courses on Shakespeare and music, literature and opera, and the material culture of music. In addition she taught graduate level courses in historical performance, oratorio repertoire, the music of Handel, and provided vocal instruction to choral conducting majors. She curated and produced concerts and theater projects in collaboration with Yale’s museums, libraries, professional schools and social clubs, and led the Yale Collegium Singers for six years. She continues to give popular courses on opera for Yale Alumni College and the Yale University Women’s Organization.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Judith,” says Professor Dana Marsh, Director of the Historical Performance Institute and Chair of the HP department. “She has a vast wealth of experience, covering Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertories – through to Brahms, Bruckner, and Verdi, as well as contemporary music, with many of the finest ensembles in America and abroad. In addition to providing our students with tried and true expertise, I am certain that she will be an equally valued resource for singers in the wider JSoM community when it comes to fine-tuning historically informed approaches to Handel, Lully, and Rameau.”

Malafronte earned degrees from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and in Milan with Giulietta Simionato as a Fulbright scholar. She has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and writes regularly for online and print outlets including Opera News, Early Music America magazine, The Classical Review, and Parterre Box.

“I am delighted to join the roster of distinguished faculty at Indiana’s Historical Performance Institute, a legendary and pioneering program that has produced so many important performers and teachers of early music. I’m particularly pleased that the institute’s definition of early music goes beyond the 17th and 18th centuries to embrace earlier and later repertoires, and I look forward to exploring, sharing, guiding, and learning in this stimulating atmosphere.”

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