Professor, Voice

Carrie Stevens is highly regarded for her versatility in concert, chamber and operatic venues, spanning styles from Baroque to contemporary music. She has appeared as Mezzo-soprano soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion at the National Cathedral in Washington; has performed with conductors Jeffrey Kahane, Ivan Fischer, Helmuth Riling, Roger Norrington, Robert Shaw, Dale Warland, Joel Revzen, Michael Morgan and Carl St. Clair, among others. Her concert experience includes performances with the Oakland Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and many others. She has enjoyed appearances with the Richmond Chamber Music, Staunton Music Festival, Crested Butte, Kalamazoo Bach, Austin Bach Society, and Oregon Bach Festivals and has been a Fellowship recepient at the Stonybrook Bach Aria Festival. A 1992 winner of the Upper Midwest District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, her operatic experience includes the title roles of Purcell’s Dido and Handel’s Xerxes, as well as Inamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ma Moss in Copland’s The Tender Land, Elmire in the East Coast premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe.

Carrie has a particular interest in contemporary music and has been involved in many premieres and performances of new works by Kirke Mechem, Ofer Ben-Amots, David Conte, Jason Haney, John Baboukis, and Russell Burnham. She holds a Doctorate of Music from the University of Minnesota and is currently Professor of Voice at James Madison University.

Voice Professors and Instructors

Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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