Presidential Scholar in the Arts Eileen Strempel "is very striking, overpowering, exacting, and musical... a magnificent coloratura, a lyrical soprano," raved the Associated Press about the young soprano, for her Bolshoi Opera debut as Violetta in La Traviata. Ms. Strempel has won numerous competitions: first prize of the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition, both prestigious Sullivan Awards, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Liederkranz as well as the Enrico Caruso Vocal Competition. This last victory led to an acclaimed recital at Casa Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy as well as a concert in the historical opera house of Imola, Italy. Ms. Strempel is an alumna of the Jerome Hine's Opera Music Theater International as well as the Eastman School of Music and holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. She has taken part in the American Music Festival of the New York Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, and her Avery Fisher Hall debut was as the soprano soloist for the Bach b Minor Mass with the National Chorale. Ms. Strempel has performed with Indianapolis Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Syracuse Opera, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Chautauqua and Skaneateles Music Festivals, Masterworks Chorale, Westchester Hudson Opera, the San Francisco's First Church Concert Series, the Adirondack Music Festival, Syracuse's Society for New Music, the Bolshoi Orchestra Sextet, The West Point Concert Series and with the Liederkranz Symphony Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.
Strempel's latest Centaur release with Canadian pianist Sylvie Beaudette is entitled: (In)habitation: Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers, composed expressly for the Ms. Strempel by some of the top female composers of our time, including Libby Larsen, Lori Laitman, Amanda Harberg, Elisenda Fábregas, Tania León, and Judith Cloud. The Journal of Singing raved about this recording saying, "Stempel's singing... is exemplary; there is so much to admire about how this project was conceived and executed down to the smallest detail, and Ms. Strempel is to be commended for her wholehearted embrace of these nineteen songs and for the stirring success she achieves even in the face of such daunting technical challenges. A remarkable achievement." Strempel is an Assistant Vice President at Syracuse University and was recently awarded an Enitiative eProfessorship by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. . The duo's current project is focused on commissioned musical settings of poetry by e.e. cummings, and includes settings by Regina Harris Baiocchi, Libby Larsen, Jocelyn Hagen, Judith Cloud, Christine Donkin, and Lita Greir. Strempel may also be heard on the upcoming release by Summit Records, Letting Escape A Song: Art Songs by Judith Cloud. Strempel is managed by Sciolino Artist Management.
The duo can also be heard in their compact disc recording of songs by Libby Larsen, love lies bleeding. This project, prepared with the composer, was inspired by working with Ms. Larsen at the Crane NewMusic Festival, and features the premiere recording of Try Me Good King: The Lives of the Wives of Henry the VIII. Ms. Larsenalso composed a new song cycle specifically for Ms. Strempel and string quartet entitled This Unbearable Stillness, which had its New York premiere at Merkin Hall as part of a gala benefit for Chamber Music America. Ms. Strempel's first disc, With All My Soul, is on the Orchard label, also with Sylvie Beaudette. This disc features previously unrecorded works by Marie de Grandval, along with mélodies by Lili Boulanger and Pauline Viardot-Garcia. Other recordings include Songs of Innocence (Centaur); Creation's Voice (Albany Records); as well as the companion CDs to Indiana University Press' The New Historical Anthology of Music by Women. Strempel is a noted scholar of song literature, especially those by women composers, and her articles and reviews can regularly be found in The Classical Singer; Reader's Guide to Music: History, Criticism, and Theory; Journal of Singing; Chronicle of Higher Education; Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture; and in American Music Teacher.