Professor - Vocal/Choral
Room 338, Swope Music Building
D.M.A., M.M., B.M., University of Texas at Austin
Jane Wyss has been praised as “an excellent musician, with a versatile voice, a superb ear, and a broad range of expertise.” Reviewers have praised her “grace and dignity,” “exquisite, angelic vocal quality,” “beautiful sounds, musicianship to burn” and “finely tuned sense of vivacity.” As soprano soloist she has sung with symphonies in Texas, Georgia, Washington State, and New York. She has performed in Europe, Peru, and Mexico. She won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (NY region), and was granted a Katheryn Long Fellowship for coaching at the Metropolitan Opera. Winner of the San Francisco Opera Auditions (NY region), she also sang in the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. She sang in NY under management of agent William L. Stein.
Under Columbia Artist Management with the Cantilena Duo she undertook performance tours in the Northwest. As a member of the New York Art Ensemble, Dr. Wyss performed in Merkin Hall and other locales. She was a featured singer on the New York Art Ensemble’s CD of New American Chamber and Vocal Music, and on the Ben Bagley album, Rodgers & Hart, Revisited. She has premiered many new vocal works throughout the country, and has commissioned vocal works from composers such as Robert Maggio and Ed Cionek. She has sung under the baton of conductors Christian Badea, Akira Endo, and Martin-Beatus Meier, and was directed by opera directors Richard Woitach, Walter Ducloux, and Frank Corsaro.
She has given invited Master Classes and recitals at NYU, SUNY – Purchase, Catholic University, James Madison University, and other universities. She has been invited to perform at National Conventions such as MTNA in Milwaukee and the SAI National Convention in Minneapolis.
Dr. Wyss is frequently invited to conduct district choirs, adjudicate choral and vocal festivals throughout the region. She studied choral conducting with Morris Beachy in addition to study with Dale Warland and the Western Wind Ensemble. Vocal study was with Willa Stewart and Jess Walters, and in NY, Ellen Faull and Jay Pouhe. In Fontainbleau, France she studied with Nadia Boulanger and has further coached with Gerard Souzay, Vera Rozsa, Julianne Baird, Judith Raskin, Jane Klaviter and Martin Katz. She has worked Systematic Vocal Technique with Richard Miller, and Vocal Behavior Training with Raymond Smolover. As an opera director, she worked with Wesley Balk and James Lucas. She was assistant to John Reed, O.B.E., directing Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas at the University of Colorado. She has been musical director for musicals at WSU and WCU.
She has been elected to offices in ACDA, NATS, Pi Kappa Lambda, National Opera Association (Governor), and Music Teachers National Association. She has compiled and published various bibliographies for the Research Memorandum Series of the American Choral Foundation. After an E. D. Farmer Fellowship funded to investigate manuscripts in the archives of the Cathedral in Mexico City, studying the choral music of Italian-born Baroque composer Ignacio de Jerúsalem y Stella, she worked with vocal musicians and native composers in Pohara and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Dr. Wyss, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Applied Music at WCU, received a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in Vocal Performance, as well as BM and MM degrees in Music Theory. Before coming to West Chester she held faculty appointments at Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah Georgia, and Washington State University. At WCU she conducts the Mastersingers and the Women’s Chorus, teaches conducting, vocal repertory classes, diction, and studio voice.