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Rachel Joselson

Rachel Joselson, professor of voice
Associate Professor
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Rachel Joselson performed with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Robert Shaw, while still studying at F.S.U and Indiana University. After completing her master's degree at IU, she moved to Europe and pursued private voice study with Mario and Rina del Monaco in Lancenigo, Italy. Her first full-time operatic contract was in Darmstadt, Germany, singing roles as Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Adalgisa and Idamante before switching to soprano repertoire during her years at Hamburg State Opera. Some soprano roles include Gounod’s Mireille, Mimì, Micaela (Carmen),Mélisande, Marjenka (Bartered Bride),Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Leonore (Fidelio), Eva (Meistersingers of Nuremberg), and Madame Euterpova (Help! Help! The Globolinks).

After returning to the U.S. in the late 1990’s, the Metropolitan Opera engaged her for Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She has performed with symphony orchestras in Madison, Oshkosh, and Johnson City, Tennessee, and featured with the Utah Festival Opera in Logan and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in Salt Lake City for its International Sunday broadcast.  She debuted as Desiree in  A Little Night Music at Middlebury Opera in Vermont. She sang Madame Euterpova in the 1998 CD recording of Menotti's Help! Help! The Globolinks with the Madison Symphony Opera and Orchestra under the baton of John DeMain. Her first solo CD, The Songs of Arthur Honegger and Jacques Leguerney with pianist Rene Lecuona, was released in 2003 by Albany Records. Joselson coached this repertoire in France with pianist/coach Mary Dibbern and debuted these in concert at the American Cathedral in Paris.

Her 2nd solo CD, Songs of the Holocaust with Rene Lecuona and Scott Conklin, violin, was released in 2016 by Albany Records.

Last spring she and Dr. Lecuona presented these Holocaust songs at Lawrence University, CUNY Queens College, Middlebury College and at several commemoration events in Texas, New York, and Vermont. Most recently they presented at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Chapman University in Orange County, and in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, for the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russians in 1945. They also presented at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and in New Jersey and Colorado Springs. 

Her 3rd CD, Ich Denke Dein: Songs and Violin works of Nikolai Medtner with Sasha Burdin, piano and Scott Conklin, violin, will be released in 2018. Her next CD project is to be the Songs of Gabriel Dupont, with pianist Bo Ties, to be released in 2019.

Joselson received her Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. She has been on the faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music since 1997. Joselson lives in Iowa City with her husband Michael, teenage children Manny and Leah, and their four cats, Harry, Estie, Gibson and Carlino.