Location: Wyoming, USA
Dr. Nicole Lamartine
Director of Choral Activities
University of Wyoming
Dr. Lamartine's choirs have enjoyed intensive collaborations and exchanges with some of the world's most prominent musicians. The UW Vocal Jazz ensemble performed with the acclaimed New York Voices in October of 2009 and the Collegiate Chorale worked with Stephen Jackson (choral director of the BBC Symphony Chorus) in March. In October 2009, Dr. Lamartine brought the UW male a cappella group, "The Happy Jacks" to Shanghai, China to perform and exchange with Shanghai Normal University and Jian Qiao College. Her Singing Statesmen will perform the Mozart Vespers in Carnegie Hall in March 2010.
In demand as a conductor and clinician, Dr. Lamartine was chosen in 2009 to participate in a conducting master class with Maestro Helmuth Rilling at Carnegie Hall. She has adjudicated choral festivals, solo and ensemble festivals across Iowa, Arizona, Wyoming and Colorado and adjudicated Iowa All-State choral auditions. In 2009 she was the co-chair for the National ACDA Collegiate and University Honor Chamber Choir that performed in Oklahoma City in March. Her clinics focus on vocal pedagogy in the choral rehearsal and Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, which promote efficient movement and its use in creating and inviting artistic experiences. She has prepared choruses for Ann Howard Jones and acted as diction coach to the London BBC Symphony Chorus (UK). A devoted technician of the voice, Dr. Lamartine has taught voice lessons and seminars in London, Vienna, and across the U.S.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Lamartine enjoys an active performing career, including solo recitals in Cardiff (Wales) and London. She is a sought-after professional choral musician holding professional choral positions in the Grammy-nominated Conspirare chamber choir (Austin, TX) conducted by Craig Hella Johnson and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale (Joshua Haberman, conductor). She has sung under the batons of Helmuth Rilling, Charles Dutoit, and Craig Hella Johnson in the US and Jn Mrkl, Sakari Oramo, Jii Blohlvek, Sir Andrew Davis, Martyn Brabbins, James MacMillan, David Hill, Simon Halsey, and Stephen Jackson in Europe. Her extensive operatic experience includes the title role in Massenet's Cendrillon, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Papagena in Die Zauberflte, Rose in Street Scene, the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, Yum-yum in Mikado, and Mrs. Alice Ford in Falstaff. She is a member of the "Fresh Aire Trio" with faculty colleagues Katrina Zook and Maureen Sorensson. Furthermore, her love of jazz, blues, and country music has led to various gigs including singing back-up for Barry Manilow and Linda Ronstadt.
Dr. Lamartine is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, and is a past member of the Association of British Choral Directors. She is the President of the Wyoming state chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.