Dr. Suzanne Rhodes Draayer, soprano, is professor of music at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance, pedagogy, and literature from the University of Maryland.
An avid advocator of Spanish music, Suzanne frequently performs Spanish vocal literature and has written extensively on the subject. Five of her articles have appeared in the Journal of Singing, published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, including the articles "The Songs of JoaquÃn Turina-Tres Arias, Tres Poemas, and Tres Sonetas" (September/October 1993), "JoaquÃn Rodrigo and His Doce Canciones EspaÃ±olas and Cantos de Amor y de Guerra" (March/April 1995), and "JoaquÃn Rodrigo, 1901-1999," (November/December 1999). Her articles "Canciones de EspaÃ±a-Art Song Composers of Nineteenth-Century Spain (Parts I and II) were published in the November/December 2003 and January/February 2004 issues of the JOS. She has studied Spanish and Ladino diction with Nico Castel, multi linguist and diction coach at the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, she has studied Spanish at La Escuela Carmen de las Cuevas, in Granada, Spain, at the Berceo Institute in Salamanca, Spain.
Her book, A Singer's Guide to the Songs of JoaquÃn Rodrigo, published by Scarecrow Press (1999), was written after extensive interviews with the Rodrigo family. Her latest book, Canciones de EspaÃ±a-Songs of Nineteenth-Century Spain, was published in May, 2003, by Scarecrow Press. The anthology, available in high and low voice editions, includes twenty-three songs by eighteen composers, including Iradier, Oudrid, Ãlvarez, Vives, Fuster, GirÃ³, and others. Brief biographies of the composers, word-for-word translations, International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, a pronunciation guide to Castilian Spanish, and idiomatic translations are included, as is a compact disc of the songs. An anthology of this import has never before existed, offering singers, voice teachers, and their audiences the opportunity to luxuriate in the melodies and rhythms of Spain.
Through Suzanne's efforts, Winona State University hosted an International Rodrigo Festival in November 2001. The week-long event, honoring the centennial of Rodrigo's birth, was the largest such celebration in the world. Numerous concerts were performed in a variety of genres-music for choir, orchestra, guitar, voice, piano, and chamber music. Other events included an art gallery exhibit on the life and music of Rodrigo, the world premiere of a play, and lectures by experts from around the world on the contributions of Rodrigo to twentieth-century music. Cecilia Rodrigo, the only child of Maestro Rodrigo and DoÃ±a Victoria Kamhi, and founder of the publishing company, Ediciones JoaquÃn Rodrigo, delivered the opening address.
Suzanne is active professionally in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), an international organization of vocal teachers. She was elected regional governor of the North Central District (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan) in June 2002. At the NATS National Convention in San Diego (July 2002), she made two presentations-"JoaquÃn Rodrigo: 1901-1999," and "Who Was the Schubert of 19th Century Spanish Song?" Suzanne presented two lecture recitals and a master class at the NATS Summer Workshop (July 31-August 3, 2003) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The workshop theme was "Spanish and Portuguese Song of Europe and the Americas." At the New Orleans NATS National Conventions, July, 2004, Suzanne made presentations entitled "When Louisiana Was Spanish-Poetry of the Golden Age in JoaquÃn Rodrigo Song Settings," and "Canciones de EspaÃ±a-Songs of Nineteenth-Century Spain for Studio and Stage." She will present a session on nineteenth-century Spanish song at the 6th International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT6) to be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada in August, 2005.
Suzanne performs, lectures, and teaches master classes in the United States and abroad. Suzanne presented a Rodrigo Centennial concert at Carnegie Hall on September 29, 2001. An article covering her Carnegie Hall debut was published in Classical Singer magazine (August 2002).
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1. Con Antonio Machado - Preludio
2. Con Antonio Machado - Mi corazon te aguarda
3. Con Antonio Machado - Tu voz y tu mano
4. Con Antonio Machado - Manana de abril
5. Con Antonio Machado - Los suenos
6. Con Antonio Machado - Cantaban los ninos
7. Con Antonio Machado - Recuerdas?
8. Con Antonio Machado - Fiesta en el prado
9. Con Antonio Machado - Abril galan
10. Con Antonio Machado - Cancion de Duero
11. Canciones de dos epocas - Cantiga
12. Canciones de dos epocas - Romance de la infantina de Francia
13. Canciones de dos epocas - Serranilla
14. Canciones de dos epocas - Arbol
15. Canciones de dos epocas - Por que te llamare?
16. Cuatro madrigales amatorios - Con que la lavare?
17. Cuatro madrigales amatorios - Vos me matasteis
18. Cuatro madrigales amatorios - De donde venis, amore?
19. Cuatro amatorios - De los alamos vengo, madre
20. Doce canciones espanolas - Viva la novia y el novio!
21. Doce canciones espanolas - De ronda
22. Doce canciones espanolas - Una Palomita blanca
23. Doce canciones espanolas - Cancion de baile con pandero
24. Doce canciones espanolas - Porque toco el pandero
25. Doce canciones espanolas - Tararan
26. Doce canciones espanolas - En las montanas de Asturias
27. Doce canciones espanolas - Estando yo en mi majada
28. Doce canciones espanolas - Adela
29. Doce canciones espanolas - En Jerez de la Frontera
30. Doce canciones espanolas - San Jose y Maria
31. Doce Canciones espanolas - Cancion de cuna
32. Pastorcito Santo
33. Coplillas de Belen