Juilliard voice coach to present masterclass for Penn State students

October 13, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Collaborative pianist and voice coach Arlene Shrut will present a masterclass for Penn State voice students at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 110 Music Building I. Shrut will coach four Penn State voice majors on their arias and art songs. Admission is free. 

Hailed by The New York Times as a “strong and sensitive pianist,” Arlene Shrut is a widely sought after collaborative pianist, coach to singers and collaborative pianists, and visionary for classical music.

She is a member of the the Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts’ Senior Coaching Faculty and on the vocal-piano recital faculty at Manhattan School of Music. She has performed across America, Canada and Europe, and recorded for the Dorian, Albany, Summit, Centaur and Orion labels. Her discography includes works from the classical canon and recording premieres by contemporary composers. Current projects include recording Poulenc’s five song cycles for soprano with Alissa Deeter, who co-authored "The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc" with Robert Peavler. Her Dorian label CD, "Songs of Hugo Wolf" with bass-baritone Daniel Lichti was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy).    

Arlene’s performances in recitals and opera galas have included collaborations with Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Isabel Leonard, Carla Rae Cook, Michael Fabiano, Anton Belov and Takaoki Onishi. In January, she teamed with pianist Anna Shelest in a four-hand version of the Brahms Requiem with Voices of Ascension, under the baton of Dennis Keene, featuring soloists Martha Guth and Richard Zeller. Arlene regularly serves as official pianist and judge for international opera competitions sponsored by the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Loren Zachary Society, the Marcello Giordani Foundation, and the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation. 

While many of Arlene’s professional activities have focused on collaborations with singers, she made her New York City debut with the Yoav Chamber Ensemble (soprano/clarinet/cello/piano), and toured with the Grand’Arte Trio (piano trio).  Additional chamber music performances included the Trout Quintet and Schumann Piano Quintet with members of the Syracuse Symphony. Arlene was a finalist at the Munich International Competition in the violin-piano duo category with Julie Rosenfeld of the Colorado String Quartet, and won the outstanding pianist award at the Music Academy of the West. 

As a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival for 14 summers, Arlene taught classes and coached productions centering on Mozart and German operas. She also served as pianist/coach on Arizona Opera’s Wagner Ring cycle. She also launched the National Association of Accompanists and Coaches. Additionally, she served as head of the accompanying department at Syracuse University and on the evening division faculties of the Juilliard School and Mannes College. 

Festivals that have recently featured Arlene as pianist, as well as coach for singers and collaborative pianists, include the Vancouver International Song Institute, Opera Experience Southeast, Greensboro Light Opera and Song, Operafest on Martha’s Vineyard and New Jersey, Resonanz Festival and Songfest in Malibu. She is currently head coach and pianist at the Atlantic Music Festival and is in demand nationally to teach master classes in subjects ranging from audition techniques to musical collaboration and entrepreneurship.

As founder and artistic director of New Triad for Collaborative Arts (2003-14), Arlene created an interdisciplinary curriculum to help classical musicians develop visually engaging presentation skills, comfort speaking with audiences and individually expressive performances. New Triad’s Opera Master Class Series has recently been presented at National Opera Association Conventions and at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Arlene is expanding on this training and developing innovative performance projects that are moving for the public today and sustainable for our times.    

Arlene received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano from the Eastman School of Music and her doctorate in collaborative piano from the University of Southern California. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship grant for advanced studies in vocal coaching in Hamburg, Germany, and was honored in 2003 as inaugural Coach of the Year by Classical Singer Magazine.


Last Updated October 14, 2014