Soprano Jane Shivick is among this region's most accomplished and versatile musicians and has garnered high praise for her extraordinary vocal abilities.
The New York Times has praised the dramatic soprano for her “character and vocal richness.” The Boston Globe affirms that “Shivick has a voice evenly glamorous throughout its compass and an engaging stage presence.” Ms. Shivick had the privilege of debuting and performing the role of La Donna in Opera Providence’s world premiere of Enrico Garzilli’s Michelangelo to critical acclaim at the Providence Performing Arts Center, RI where “she sang perhaps the finest song in the show, the touching “Deep in Your Heart” (The Providence Journal).
An accomplished singer, Ms. Shivick is equally at home in opera, oratorio, concert, and recital. Orchestral highlights include such works as Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’s Requiem, Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Rossini's Le petit messe solennelle, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Schubert's Mass in Aflat, Duruflé’s Requiem, Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and Verdi’s Requiem.
Among her many credits, Ms. Shivick made her Boston Symphony Hall debut as a soloist with The Boston Pops Orchestra under the batons of Keith Lockhart, Steven Mercurio, and Federico Cortese, and recently returned to work with Maestro Lockhart for several "Holiday Pops" concerts in addition to performing the Sorrowful Songs by Gorecki during a recent Ben Folds Concert. She has been a featured soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Brown University Orchestra, Brockton Symphony, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra (with whom she is frequently a featured performer), Stow Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Heritage Chorale, Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Jubilate Chorale, Worcester Chorus, the New World Chorale, and Talents of the World, Inc. Ms. Shivick made her New York City operatic debut to critical acclaim singing title role of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble.
As a National Winner in the renowned Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Shivick was awarded a debut performance and NPR broadcast with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the baton of Sir Charles MacKerras. She also garnered second prize in both the Metropolitan Opera New England Regional National Council Auditions and the Annamaria Saritelli-DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition. Subsequently, she has been awarded Encouragement Grants through the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and has furthered her vocal studies at the Aspen Music Festival as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center where she covered the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni conducted by Maestro Julius Rudel. Ms. Shivick has also toured with Sherrill Milnes & Friends as a member of the V.O.I.C.Experience Program in Orlando, FL.
Ms. Shivick has also been heard in concert with Opera Providence, Cape Cod Opera, and Watershed Opera in Seattle. In recital, Ms. Shivick has been heard on Boston's WGBH, Worcester's WICN, and Cape Cod and the Island's WOMR radio broadcasts. In addition, her performances have also been broadcast on WCUW Radio, 91.3FM in Worcester, MA.
Ms. Shivick is a graduate of Assumption College and has furthered her musical studies at The Hartt School (University of Hartford). Originally from Rochdale, MA, she attended Holy Name Central Catholic High School here in Worcester, MA where she has been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame and was awarded Alumni of the Year. Ms. Shivick is currently a student of English dramatic soprano, Jane Eaglen, and spent many years as a student of sopranos Maria Spacagna and Ruth Falcon, both of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as bass-baritone Gary Kendall, a former professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, and American operatic tenor and National Medal of the Arts recipient, George Shirley.
In addition to performing, Ms. Shivick continues to teach in her private studio and, most recently, at The Hanover Conservatory, and The Joy of Music Program, all in Worcester, MA, while conducting vocal workshops and masterclasses for audiences throughout the New England area. Ms. Shivick has been teaching privately and coaching voices for over 20 years in the Central Massachusetts area in addition to serving on adjunct faculty/staff at Clark University and Assumption College. Her students from around New England have been accepted to and have enrolled in undergraduate and graduate voice programs at the University of Connecticut, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, The New England Conservatory, Catholic University of America, Temple University, Dean College, Plymouth State University, The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Arizona State University School of Music, Emerson College, Belmont University, University of Minnesota, The Schulich School of Music at McGill University, The Boston Conservatory, Roosevelt University, Gordon College, Westminster Choir College, Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, The Hartt School, University of Alabama, Carnegie Mellon University-College of Fine Arts, the School for the Arts at SUNY Purchase College, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Boston University, St. Olaf College, Ithaca College of Music, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Rhode Island College, University of Tennessee, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Columbia College Chicago, and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC. Summer programs for students have included Oberlin in Italy, V.O.I.C.Experience (Orlando & Tampa, Florida), The Tanglewood Institute, Total Interpretation Project (Tito Capobianco Opera Studio), Cannon Music Camp (Appalachian State University), Savannah Voice Festival, Boston Conservatory Summer Youth Vocal-Choral Intensive, SUNY Purchase College Vocal Intensive, Syracuse University Acting & Musical Theater Program, Pre-College Music Theatre Institute at Rider University, The Hanover Theatre Summer Youth Program, Westminster Choir College Solo Vocal Artist Program, Pre-College Music Theatre Program at Emerson College, and Boston University Summer Theatre Institute.
Many of Ms. Shivick’s students have performed leading roles with regional opera companies as well as with professional, community, and college theatre production companies across the U.S., in addition to high school and youth theatre programs. Several students continue to participate in critically-acclaimed professional choruses such as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, New York Choral Society, St. Olaf Choir, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Chorus, and CONCORA, as well as semi-professional choruses, community and church choirs, and have been guest soloists with regional orchestras. High school-aged students have been accepted to and performed with the All-National Honors Choral Ensembles, All-Eastern Choral Ensembles, Massachusetts and Rhode Island All-State Festival Choruses, ACDA Chorus, The New England Conservatory Youth Chorale, The New England Conservatory Youth Camerata Chorus, the Central Massachusetts District Senior & Junior Festival Choruses, the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and the Händel & Haydn Society’s Young Women’s Chamber Chorus. Additionally, students have successfully represented Ms. Shivick’s studio at regional and national level vocal competitions including the annual New York State NYSSMA conference and at the Classical Singer Vocal Competition.
Lastly, as an avid performer and vocal instructor, Ms. Shivick has found great joy in helping to build choral programs in the Central MA area. As the Director of Chapel Choirs and Principal Cantor at Assumption College, Ms. Shivick conducted the 10am Choir (a 30-voiced adult choir), Festival Choir (a seasonal 40-voiced adult choir), & Chapel Choir (60-80-voiced student choir) - who followed a three-year liturgical cycle by performing selections from Händel’s Messiah with orchestra, presenting a staged production of the Broadway musical Godspell, and bringing their music to various cities in the northeast through Mission Trips. These choirs all provided music for weekly Sunday liturgies as well as special liturgical celebrations and school events in the college’s chapel. While at Assumption College, Ms. Shivick also music directed the annual musical, conducted special guest choirs onstage during Kenny Roger’s & Friends Christmas Tour, was the Interim College Chorale Director, and directed the Chapel Choir in their two liturgical music CD projects. She was the Principal Cantor at the weekly Sunday morning liturgies as well as all events that took place in the college’s chapel.
Ms. Shivick has also been the Director of Music at the First Baptist Church in Holden, MA, choral director of the Sutton High School Chorus, and, most recently, the choral director of the Sutton Middle School Chorus. Ms. Shivick is a cantor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, MA and has been sharing her vocal abilities and happily providing liturgical music throughout New England since she was very young.
Please visit Ms. Shivick online at her website www.janeshivick.com or on Facebook at Jane Shivick.