Suzanne Kompass

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Suzanne Kompass

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Teaching areas

  • Voice
  • Foundations of Performance
  • Music in Popular Culture
  • Performance Mastery

Research areas

  • vocal pedagogy
  • perception of difficulty
  • French art song literature
  • language for vocalists

Profile

USC's Director of Vocal Arts and platinum recording artist, Suzanne Kompass, is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether Opera, Operetta, Art-Song or the classics of Broadway. Suzanne has appeared as guest soloist in many music festivals, including the Spoleto Festivals of Charleston (South Carolina), Spoleto (Italy) and the Huntsville Festival, Canada. Her engagements in the U.S.A. and Canada have included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Westminster Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Trillium Series and the Naples Philharmonic.

In 2009/2010, Suzanne spent a year in Australia and made her Sydney Opera House debut, and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra and the Australian Shakespeare Festival. She also appeared in the acclaimed hit show 'Scotland the Brave' that was filmed for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with the DVD release achieving Gold status within weeks. Suzanne also appeared with the Australian superstar of jazz, James Morrison, and sang with Gregory Moore and Adam Lopez to huge acclaim. Suzanne recorded the platinum selling album 'A Christmas Homecoming' with Canadian Jazz Composer, Hagood Hardy, culminating with multiple sell-out concerts and TV appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Suzanne is a master voice teacher with students on 3 continents, many who are working professionally in Opera, Broadway and Theatre.

Professional Memberships

  • NATS
  • ANATS
  • ACMF

Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honour, PHS, 2014 
  • T Edgar Shields award for excellence in studio instruction, Moravian College USA, 2012
  • Gold DVD “Scotland the Brave”, ABC, 2010
  • Platinum Record “A Christmas Homecoming”, Canadian Recording Industry Association, 1991
  • Canadian Opera Company, Women’s League Scholarship, 1986-89
  • ARIAS Musical Director’s Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1988
  • Frederick Malcolm Croggon Opera Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1987
  • Andrew MacMillan Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1986
  • James E. Thompson Voice Scholarship, Westminster Choir College, 1981
  • Marie A Heintlzeman Award, PHS, 1979
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