Art song festival & workshops
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2013 Art Song faculty
Pianist/vocal coach Timothy Cheek is Associate Professor of Performing Arts at the University of Michigan. There he teaches lyric diction classes, serves as music director of Opera Workshop, and is a coach for opera productions. He is also an Associate Faculty member of the university’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, and co-founded and teaches a Slavic Vocal Literature course with colleague Martin Katz.
From 2000–2006 Cheek worked as a pianist/coach at the University of Michigan’s spring term vocal program in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, serving the last two years as director. In 2009, Cheek was invited to coach at Cape Town Opera, South Africa as part of an initial exchange between Cape Town University Opera School and the University of Michigan. Dr. Cheek holds a doctorate in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz. He also holds degrees in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. Cheek has performed recitals as a collaborative pianist in fifteen countries on four continents.
He has been heard on radio and television programs around the world, including three worldwide broadcasts from Vatican City Radio of performances with soprano Terese Cullen. For five summers he served on the faculty of the International Institute for Chamber Music, held in Munich, Germany, performing art song as masterclass pianist for Elly Ameling, Walter Berry, Thomas Grubb, Jörg Demus, and others. He has also worked as a pianist/coach of art song at the Steans Institute for Young Artists, part of the Chicago Ravinia Festival.
Timothy Cheek is well known for his work in Czech vocal music, founded on an opera internship at the National Theatre in Prague under the great Janáček conductor Bohumil Gregor. His books Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire, with a foreword by Sir Charles Mackerras; a series on Janáček’s opera libretti; and his newly published book on Smetana’s Prodaná nevěsta/The Bartered Bride are recognized internationally as authoritative resources for singing in Czech. He has been especially instrumental in championing the works of Czech female composer Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915–40).
In order to promote this extraordinary composer, Dr. Cheek has presented lectures and recitals throughout North America and Europe; performed in several world premieres of her art songs; recorded the complete songs of Kaprálová with soprano Dana Burešová on a Supraphon CD, nominated for the best recording of 2003 by the Czech journal Harmonie; and edited a critical edition of the songs for the Czech publisher Amos Editio in 2006.He is on the International Advisory Board of the Kapralova Society, based in Toronto.
Cheek was the recipient of a Fulbright Award to study in 1990–91 as an opera coach apprentice at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy under conductors Bruno Bartoletti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, and Zubin Mehta. In 2007 and 2008, Cheek was the music director of the Studio Giovani vocal program at the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. He has worked at the Michigan Opera Theatre; Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv; Santa Fe Opera; the Mozart Opera Studies Institute, held in Kaprun and Salzburg, Austria; Bay View Music Festival, Michigan; Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute in Portland, Oregon. He has served as a guest coach at various schools and festivals such as Opera Nuova, Canada; Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia; Cherubini Conservatory, Florence; Music Academy, Bratislava; and others.