Lecturer and Director of Vocal Studies
Patrice Michaels serves as coordinator for solo voice activities at the University. She provides vocal coaching for individuals performing in University Chorus, Motet Choir and the a cappella ensembles, organizes the solo vocal recitals on campus and curates two larger programs during the academic year: "Chamber Music For Voice" and "Making A Scene: Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater Scenes"
“Like the Romantic ideal of art, Patrice Michaels’ voice is both natural and passionate” says Classical CD Digest. “A formidable interpretative talent” (The New Yorker), Ms. Michaels receives raves for her “poise, musicianship and impressive fioratura” (Los Angeles Times), for “a voice that is light, rich and flexible” (Opera News), and her “pinpoint-accurate…bravura” (Boston Globe). She has performed on stage, in concert, and in recital since her debut in 1991, and has appeared with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Opera, Central City, Tacoma Opera, The Banff Centre, and Chicago Opera Theater. She has been featured with the Shanghai, Czech National, St. Louis, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Minnesota Orchestras, the Maryland Handel Festival, Kansas City and Virginia Symphonies, as well as New York’s Concert Royal, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and the Maverick Festival. Recital appearances include guest artist with Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Schubert Club of Saint Paul, three seasons at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana, Cuba, tours of Central and South America with Trio Chicago and Friends, with pianist John Browning for Music at the Supreme Court, and at Guanajuato’s international Festival Cervantino.
Ms. Michaels can be heard on more than two dozen critically acclaimed recordings, including thirteen on Chicago's Cedille label. Her next release will be in September, for the Neos label, Convergence, the music of Laurie Altman. A Mozart specialist, Patrice Michaels tours a special concert released in 2002 on the Cedille label, entitled Divas of Mozart's Day. This dramatic program with special guest Peter Van de Graaff was presented in Salzburg during the summer 2006 Mozart anniversary celebrations. Ms. Michaels is also featured on the Amadis recording of the Requiem and on Music of the Baroque’s Great Mass in C Minor.