"Music, Poetry, and Romance"
Soprano, Jessica McCormack is Vocal Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Voice at IU South Bend. During the summer, she is a member of the voice faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition to these appointments, she was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame for fall 2016. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.
McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano as part of the Professional Training Workshops series, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Her operatic roles include Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Aurora in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, and Tirsi in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. Her oratorio work includes Carissimi’s Jepthe, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schütz’s Die sieben Worte, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Fauré’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
A featured soloist with the Fort Worth, South Bend, New Brunswick, and Springfield (Ohio) symphonies, she has also sung with the Bach Society of Dayton and was the national winner of the Canadian Music Competition (vocal division). McCormack was also selected as an Emerging Leader by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2012 and 2016. Recent engagements include performances with Oklahoma based TACTUS, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and presentations for the National Opera Association and the Pan-American Vocology Association. She was also a guest teacher-in-residence for Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory during the spring 2016 semester. Engagements in 2017 include recitals and guest teaching appointments in Toronto, Boston, Honolulu, and Hong Kong.
Flutist, Rebecco Havan recently returned from two seasons as the flutist for the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is on the faculty at Indiana University South Bend and is a member of the National Flute Association, currently serving as Masterclass Performers Competition Coordinator. She has also served the NFA as Chair of the Pedagogy Committee and participated in the preparation of several of the Committee's publications. Rebecca is also co-author of several titles in the award-winning Blocki Flute Method series and remains active composing and arranging music for a variety of instrumental combinations, several of which are in print including Wedding Collection for Flute and Violin and selections from her first CD, A Silver Christmas. As a performer, she has appeared in recital as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the United States, and she has presented numerous pedagogy workshops for the NFA, colleges and universities, professional conferences, and flute festivals. Her training includes a Master of Music from the University of North Texas where she was a Teaching Fellow in Flute and studied with Mary Karen Clardy.
Kevin J. Vaughn
Kevin J. Vaughn is director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, instructor of organ at Goshen College, and adjunct assistant professor of piano and organ at the University of Notre Dame. He performs regularly as a solo organ recitalist and also appears frequently in collaborative programs of sacred music for voice and organ with baritone Stephen Lancaster. Recent engagements include lecture recitals at the University of Notre Dame, Valparaiso University, and for various American Guild of Organists chapters; solo recitals in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Washington; and collaborative programs in Illinois, Virginia, and Michigan. He also enjoys performing as soloist for Haydn and Handel organ concerti and as organist for major choral works, most recently Duruflé’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Dubois’s Le sept paroles du Christ.
Kevin was a semifinalist in the 2013-2014 cycle of the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, and, in February 2015, he won first prize in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Competition in Evanston, Illinois. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano, organ, and sacred music, including the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance conferred by the University of Notre Dame. His former teachers include Phyllis Warner, Gail Walton, and Craig Cramer. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Kevin currently serves as Dean of the St. Joseph Valley (IN) Chapter and holds the Guild's Colleague certificate. He also maintains active membership in the American Musicological Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the Organ Historical Society.