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M.M. with Highest Honors in Voice Performance, University of Michigan
Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo soprano, is a busy regional artist and seasoned voice teacher known for her versatile singing and engaging performances. A native of Michigan, she made her professional operatic debut as Juno in the Detroit Oratorio Society’s production of Händel’s Semele, in which The Detroit News described her as “captivating.” Her other opera credits include: Annina in La Traviata with the Dayton Opera; Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Michigan Opera Works; Dorabella in Così fan tutte, a performance co-produced by the Lincoln Center Institute and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City; and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with the Comic Opera Guild. She has worked in an apprenticeship capacity with the Dayton Opera, the Toledo Opera, the Brevard Music Center, and as a studio artist with the Chautauqua Opera Company. In 2001, she wore the hat of stage director with the Ann Arbor Opera’s production of Gianni Schicchi.
Ms. Swartout-Bebow’s orchestral concert engagements include solo appearances with the Plymouth Oratorio Society, the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grand Valley State University Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, and the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria. While living in Chicago, Ms. Swartout-Bebow performed as an ensemble member and featured soloist with The Lakeside Singers, a professional chorale under the direction of Robert Bowker, appearing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. She has also performed as an ensemble member for The Detroit Symphony’s Christmas Pops series. Most recently, she was featured in a performance of Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, under the direction of Suzanne Acton, and was also featured in a premier performance of Enid Sutherland’s Daphne and Apollo Remade, under the auspices of The University of Michigan University Musical Society and the Phoenix Ensemble.
Ms. Swartout-Bebow enjoys the recital stage, and has presented solo recitals at concert houses and churches in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. She performs at the Ann Arbor Kerrytown Concert House regularly as part of its annual concert series, including the Parisian Soirée, Wine, Women, and Song, and the long-running Ann Arbor Festival of Song.
Having started her career in various nightclubs and theatre venues, Ms. Swartout-Bebow’s singing extends to the genres of jazz, cabaret, and musical theatre. She has appeared in cabaret and jazz performances at regional venues including Davenport’s in Chicago, the Kerrytown Concert House, the Cadillac Club in Lansing, and at the Toledo Museum of Art. In addition to her live appearances, she has appeared on regional jingles as well as other recordings.
As a faculty member of Eastern Michigan University (since 2011), and Grand Valley State University, Ms. Swartout-Bebow has taught studio voice, Italian diction, and opera workshop. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor.
Ms. Swartout-Bebow holds a Master’s Degree with Highest Honors in voice performance from The University of Michigan where she studied extensively with Martin Katz and Joshua Major, and was awarded the Joy Whitman Weinberger Award for showing outstanding potential in the field of opera.
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