Jennifer Larson

Associate Professor of Music

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Dr. Larson has been described by USA Today as possessing a "golden voice."  She enjoys a solo performing career that encompasses appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles, a growing catalogue of recordings, and successful performances in major operatic roles.  

An international semi–finalist in the prestigious Competizione dell’ Opera (2001) in Dresden, Germany and national finalist in the 1997 Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in New York City, Ms. Larson has received honors for her dramatic and vocal artistry in leading operatic roles, including Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Governess in Turn of the Screw, Frasquita in Carmen, and the title roles in Floyd’s Susannah and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol

In demand as a concert soloist, she has been applauded with groups including the Milwaukee, Utah, Illinois, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, singing works from baroque to modern under the batons of such noted conductors as Keith Lockhart, Bright Sheng, Andreas Delfs, John Mauceri, Kenneth Kiesler, and the late Robert Shaw. 

A favorite soloist with contemporary music organizations, Ms. Larson is featured on several compact–disc recordings of original works, including Morris Rosenzweig’s On the Wings of Wind (CRI, 1998), Functionlustworks for horn and voice with William Barnewitz of the Milwaukee Symphony (Summit Records, 2001), Mark Gottlieb’s Woodworker’s Son (GottMusik, 2002), Steven Ricks Leave Song (Capstone Records, 2003), and scenes from Paul Schoenfield’s opera The Merchant and the Pauper—part of an 80–disc set of American Jewish Music produced by Milken Archive (Naxos, 2004). 

Recently, Ms. Larson filled an invitation to perform in concert at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  Other recent highlights include return appearances with Utah Voices and the Salt Lake Symphony singing works of Beethoven and Orff, and with the Metropolitan Chorale of Waterloo singing Bach and Handel masterpieces. Upcoming engagements include several oratorio concerts, and a national solo recital tour. In April, Ms. Larson was the featured soloist with Wartburg Community Symphony in Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs).

Having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Utah, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, Dr. Larson is Associate Professor of Music in Voice and Voice Pedagogy in her seventh year on faculty at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa where she lives with her husband, and three sons.