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Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber

Mezzo Soprano


With a voice that has been described as “rich and dusky, but so beautifully clear and expressive,” Canadian contralto Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber is active in oratorio, cantata, and operatic circuits.  She has appeared as a soloist with such organizations as the Bach Concert Series, Nittany Valley Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, Friday Morning Music Club Chorale of Washington D.C., NIH Philharmonica, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, and the Harford Choral Society.  Highlights include Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast and Messiah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and several cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Recent recital credits include concerts in Rome, Scala, and Vietri sul Mare, Italy.  In April 2012, she sang her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and Masterworks Festival Chorus under the baton of Paul Oakley.

As a young singer, Ms. Cutsforth-Huber was a member of the prestigious National Youth Choir of Canada for three years under the batons of Elmer Iseler Diane Loomer.  She was also a two-time recipient of the Silver Medallion from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Among Ms.Cutsforth- Huber’s operatic credits are performances with Kentucky Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Center Stage Opera, Rome Festival Opera, Amalfi Festival Opera, and Amici Opera; roles include Dalila in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Meg in Verdi’s Falstaff, Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, and Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi

Ms. Cutsforth-Huber’s interests also extend to new works.  In 2009, she was the mezzo soloist in the world premiere of Alzheimer’s Stories with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.  She was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Schorr American Prize In Voice; her nomination was a November 2010 recital that featured the music of American composer Judith Cloud.  In May 2012, she premiered a five-song set, Saskatchewan Songs, in which poetry written by the singer is set to music by Kingston, Ontario composer Martha Hill Duncan.

Ms. Cutsforth-Huber is also an active scholar and teacher. She has published book reviews and articles on vocal and operatic subjects in many scholarly journals, including The Opera Journal, American Music, Music Research Forum, The Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Classical Singer Magazine.  Her work has garnered her several awards, including the 2003/2004 National Opera Association Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “The Operas of William Grant Still.”  In 2011, the singer was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Opera Association, and in June 2011, she became editor of its scholarly journal, The Opera Journal.  In 2012, she was awarded the Emerging Leaders Award by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

One of the singer’s most recent areas of focus has been as an advocate for those who suffer from Chiari Malformation, a congenital and progressive defect of the brain and spine.  This condition was discovered in the singer in 2007, and nearly ended her life.  After enduring brain/spinal surgery and rehabilitation, she has resumed her life and career with full force, and has emerged as proof that even severe Chiari Malformation can be overcome.

Ms. Cutsforth-Huber holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kentucky.  She currently serves as assistant professor of music at Penn State Altoona

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