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 soprano’s 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, 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 gave her Avery Fisher Hall debut with the National Chorale as the soprano soloist for the Bach B Minor Mass. 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 can also be heard with Canadian pianist Sylvie Beaudette in their 2015 Centaur compact disc recording of song settings by American women composers of E.E. Cummings’ poetry. This project includes songs by Libby Larsen, Hilary Tann, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Christine Donkin, Judith Cloud and Jocelyn Hagen, and includes ravishing settings of classic Cummings poetry, ranging from “unto thee i burn” and “i carry your heart with me.”
Libby Larsen also composed a new song cycle specifically for Ms. Strempel and string quartet entitled This Unbearable Stillness, which had its New York première at Merkin Hall as part of a gala benefit for Chamber Music America. It was subsequently premiered in a version for orchestra with Ms. Strempel and the Syracuse Symphony. Strempel can also be heard singing songs by Libby Larsen on her Centaur Records release, love lies bleeding. This project, prepared with the composer, was inspired by working with Ms. Larsen at the Crane New Music Festival, and features the premiere recording of “Try Me Good King: The Lives of the Wives of Henry the VIII.”
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.
Strempel’s other noted recordings include: (In)habitation: Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers, composed expressly for the duo by some of the top female composers of our time, including Libby Larsen, Lori Laitman, Amanda Harberg, Elisenda Fábregas, Tania León, and Judith Cloud.
Strempel is the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Cincinnati, was awarded an Enitiative eProfessorship by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and was a 2010-11 ACE Fellow. Strempel is managed by Sciolino Artist Management.