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Jacqueline J. Leary-Warsaw

Jacqueline J. Leary-Warsaw

Associate Professor of Music 
Chair, Department of Music
Artistic Director, Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts

Jacqueline J. Leary-WarsawOffice:

Hill Music Bldg. 118

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4948
Office Fax: (205) 226-3058
E-mail: jwarsaw@bsc.edu

Personal Web Page

Brief Career Background:

Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, soprano, has been heard in opera, oratorio, solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She is best known to audiences around the world as the host of the popular television series In Concert on EWTN. As the producer, writer, and on-air host of In Concert, she has worked in collaborative production with Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), EuroArts (Berlin, Germany), and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

As a classical soprano, she has been heard in opera, oratorio, solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.  Her solo performances include the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul (Troyes, France), Instituto Paulo VI (Santiago, Chile), Organization of American States (Washington, D.C.), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Opera America, Musicana Enterprises, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Birmingham's City Stages, Alabama OperaWorks, and numerous other opera and symphonic organizations.  Some of her favorite roles performed include Sophie (Werther), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Isabelle/Madeline (The Face on the Barroom Floor), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Baby Doe (Baby Doe), Lucy (The Telephone), Kathryn (The Reformed Peasant), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), and Judith in the world premiere of Erni's Still Life.  As a concert singer, Dr. Leary-Warsaw has been heard as soprano soloist in Mozart's Vespere Solennes de ConfessoreCoronation Mass, Missa Brevis in D, Missa Solemnis in C minor, Missa Solemnis in C major, and Requiem, Schubert's Mass in G and Mass in C, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's Missa Brevis Sancte Johannis de Deo, and Die Schöpfung, Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. John Passion, Vivaldi's Gloria, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Orff's Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and Honegger's King David.  She can also be heard as soprano soloist on recordings of Mozart's Coronation Mass (EWTN) and Schubert's Ave Maria (EWTN).  In demand as a singer of new art music, she has sung original works in collaboration with composers Lori Laitman, Henry Mollicone, Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Jan Vicar, Sylvia Glickman, Robert G. Patterson, Dorothy Hindman, Matthew Scott Phillips, Monroe Golden, and Tracy Mendel.  

Dr. Leary-Warsaw has received international recognition as a voice teacher, researcher, and writer.  Since 2013, she has been a regular contributor to Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, having published reviews on books related to vocal performance and literature, musicology, composition, and aesthetics.  Most recently, she presented her current research on the debilitating effects of perfectionism in college music students at the 2016 IX. European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences (Paris, France) and the 2016 College Music Society National Conference (Santa Fe, New Mexico).  At the 2015 Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (Honolulu, Hawaii), Dr. Leary-Warsaw presented her work on the mentoring of undergraduate music students through collaborative internships.  Her published research and writings also consist of topics including French-text American art song, vocal works of women composers, children's opera, and sacred and liturgical music of the Catholic Church.  Her writings have appeared in publications by the National Opera Association and the former Opera for Youth Journal, among others.  Dr. Leary-Warsaw's work Nineteenth-Century French Art Song of New Orleans: A Repertoire Study was recognized by the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a "genuinely important work in American music history", for which she was awarded the Peabody Career Development Grant.  

An active pedagogue, clinician, lecturer, and master class teacher, Dr. Leary-Warsaw has presented programs for numerous colleges, universities, academic conferences, and professional organizations including the Accademia dell'Arte (Arezzo, Italy), Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile), Classical Singer Magazine, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Opera Birmingham, Opera for Youth, Inc., National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Society of Arts and Letters, and National Opera Association.  A recipient of the NSAL Medal of Honor, Dr. Leary-Warsaw was recognized for her work with famed conductor/opera director Sarah Caldwell at the National Society of Arts and Letters National Career Awards.

Dr. Leary-Warsaw is a member of the national adjudication panel for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and she currently serves as the Governor of the AL Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (ALANATS).  Dr. Leary-Warsaw holds two certifications from the Institute of the Psychological Sciences (Divine Mercy University) in Washington, D.C.  She is a member of the National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Music Teachers National Association, and Alabama Music Teachers Association.

Educational Background

Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance/Research, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, 2000.

Master of Music, Vocal Pedagogy, The Catholic University of America, 1988.

Bachelor of Music, University of Louisville, Voice Performance, 1986.

Principal Teachers: Ruth Drucker, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Martha Randall, André Montal, Elaine Bonazzi, Thomas Grubb.

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Vocal Literature, specialty in 19th-century French art song
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Foreign Language Lyric Diction
  • Psychology of Performing Arts

Research Interests:

  • Psychology: perfectionism in college music students
  • Vocal works of women composers
  • Collaborative mentoring of undergraduate students
  • 19th-century French-text American song
  • Sacred and Liturgical Music of the Catholic Church
  • Children's Opera

Courses Taught:

MS 120 Applied Voice (1/4)
One-half hour weekly of private instruction. This course is either an elective, or a secondary instrument for the B.A., B.M., and B.M.E. degrees.

MS 320 Applied Voice (1/2) 
One hour weekly of private instruction. This course is either an elective for the B.A. and B.M. degrees, or principal instrument for the B.A., B.M., and B.M.E. degrees.

MS 420 Applied Voice (1)
One hour weekly of private instruction. This course is a principal instrument for the B.M. degree candidate or for junior and senior music majors for the B.A. and B.M.E. degrees.

MU 221 Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Music History (1
) A study of Western music from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century, surveying both the literature of music and the data of written history. Prerequisites: MU 123 and 152, and EH 102.

MU 222 Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music History (1)
A continuation of MU 221, beginning with the seventeenth century and extending through major composers of the twentieth century. Prerequisites: MU 123 and 152, and EH 102.

MU 243 Diction for Singers (1/2)
A study of Italian, German, and French pronunciation as it applies to solo vocal repertoire. Special emphasis is placed on use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), analysis of texts, and performance of selected works.

MEd 337 Vocal Pedagogy and Diction (½)
Various methods of teaching singing, vocal anatomy, acoustical analysis, vocal dysphonia, and vocal health issues. A study of Italian, German, and French pronunciation as it applies to solo vocal repertoire. Special emphasis is placed on use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), analysis of texts, and performance of selected works.

MU 425 Vocal Literature (1/2) 
A survey course of international art song and operatic repertoire which, broad in scope, encompasses historical applications, performance practices, compositional styles (both within historical periods and as applicable to specific composers), and the fusion of word and music inherent within the genres. Prerequisite: MU 222 or consent.

MEd 437 Vocal Pedagogy (1⁄2) A study of vocal anatomy, acoustical analysis, vocal dysphonias, vocal health issues, and applied teaching methods.

MU 499 Senior Project in Music (1)
An extensive paper, composition, or performance preparation. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent.

Exploration Term Courses:

Performing Arts at the Accademia dell'Arte, Arezzo, Italy 
Engaging the Culture: Performing Arts and Society
Psychology of the Performing Arts 
Performance Practicum in Voice 
What's so Magical about Mozart's "Flute"?
Singing Beyond the Shower