Faculty Profile

Angela Young Smucker

Adjunct Instructor in Music

VUCA 2515




“Fiery Chicago mezzo” Angela Young Smucker has been praised for her “rich, secure mezzo-soprano” by the Chicago Tribune and her "show-stopping" voice by The St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her performances in concert, stage, and choral works range from J.S. Bach to William Bolcom.

Highlights of the 2012-13 season include performances of Handel’s Clori, Tirsi, e Fileno (Fileno) and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (Sorceress) with the Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago's 17th and 18th century opera troupe which burst onto the scene in 2011 to great critical acclaim; a debut appearance with the Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire; return appearances with the Newberry Consort and Bach Colleguium San Diego; and the premiere of Duo Encanto, a new collaboration with internationally renowned guitarist Daniel Bolshoy. As a recent Carmel Bach Festival “Adams Fellow”, Ms. Smucker had the honor of working with such Early Music specialists as Paul Goodwin, Michael Beattie, Robin Blaze, Kendra Colton, Thomas Cooley, Alexander Dobson, David Gordon, and Andrew Megill.

As a concert artist, Ms. Smucker specializes in the works of J.S. Bach and has performed all of his major works, as well as various cantatas. Other concert work includes Elijah (Mendelssohn), The Creation (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart), Gloria (Vivaldi), Israel in Egypt / Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Duruflé), Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Bolcom), and the U.S. premieres of The Passion (Francis Grier) and Te Deum (Siegfried Matthus). She has appeared under the batons of renowned conductors Helmuth Rilling, Hermann Max, and Philip Brunelle; has been heard on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and WFMT’s Impromtu; and has performed with world-class orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Louisville Bach Society, and Callipygian Players (Chicago).

Ms. Smucker has also been a member of several professional choral ensembles including Conspirare, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Bella Voce, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Festival Ensemble Stuttgart. Stage appearances have included the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Queen of the Fairies (Iolanthe).

Originally from “The Home of Popeye” in Southern Illinois, Ms. Smucker is based in Chicago and teaches vocal studies at Valparaiso University. She holds degrees from Valparaiso University (BME) and the University of Minnesota (MM).

For more information, including audio and video recordings, visit www.mezzoangela.com