Dr. Jennifer Barnickel-Fitch (Voice), Soprano, received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan under the guidance of Lorna Haywood. She has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Counsel as well as Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus and the Ann Arbor Musical Society. She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and has been part of the faculty at College of DuPage since the fall of 2003.
She is a frequent recitalist and her oratorio works include, Handela’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C, Schubert’s Mass in G, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mass in C, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rutter’s Magnificat, and most recently, Verdi’s Requiem. She has been a member of Chicago Symphony Chorus and Lyric Opera Chorus and has covered the title role of Verdi’s Aida and Leonora in Il trovatore for da Corneto Opera, as well as being broadcast on WFMT in Chicago.
Dr. Barnickel-Fitch believes that everyone can learn to be a better singer. Her strengths lie not only in her ability to diagnose what is happening with the voice, but also to understand and teach the person as a whole. She believes in teaching the individual and finding the natural and distinctive voice within. Through a positive approach and solid technique, which focuses on support, diction and connection of mind and body, she can help instill proper control and confidence in the individual, and prepare the student for the professional world. Dr. Barnickel-Fitch has extensive experience in teaching many styles of music and has students with successful careers in opera, on Broadway, and in the pop/country/jazz world as performers, singer songwriters, arrangers, and teachers. She works with people of all ages and levels of ability.