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Dana Zenobi

Assistant Professor - Music Music - JCA
Dana Zenobi

Location

Lilly Hall 241

dzenobi@butler.edu
317-940-9635

Dana Zenobi is equally accomplished as performer, pedagogue and presenter.  She earned national recognition as an interpreter of art song by women when she was awarded an Honorable Mention for Exceptional Repertoire by The American Prize (2016). She has appeared as concert soloist with ensembles including the Austin Civic Orchestra, the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, and line upon line percussion ensemble. She is featured on Viola by Choice chamber music ensemble's 2010 debut recording, Florilegium.  Her newest recording, Joys Abiding: Soprano Baritone Duets by Historical Women Composers, with baritone Oliver Worthington and pianist Chuck Dillard, is forthcoming on the Navona label (Parma Records).  The accompanying score anthology is due for release with Classical Vocal Reprints in 2022. A collaboration with musicologist Dr. John Michael Cooper (Southwestern University) has sparked Dr. Zenobi's fascination with Margaret Bonds' art songs; a body of work that remained in manuscript form at the time of Bonds' death.  Dr. Zenobi has recently performed the posthumous world and regional premieres of Bonds settings of six poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, newly rediscovered and published in a 2021 collection edited by Dr. Cooper (Hildegard Publishing Company).

On the opera stage, Dr. Zenobi was deemed "the chief vocal pleasure" of Lyric Opera Cleveland's The Pirates of Penzance, and named "a soprano to listen for" by the Cleveland Press. The Houston Chronicle praised her "emotionally intense and technically inspired singing" as Konstanze [Die Entfürung aus dem Serail]. She has garnered similar success in roles ranging from Mozart heroines to Puccini's Mimi and Verdi's Violetta Valery. Dr. Zenobi's interest in contemporary music has lead to engagements with Austin Lyric Opera in the American premiere of Philip Glass' Waiting for the Barbarians, and the first production of Mark Adamo's Little Women directed by the composer. She worked with composer H. Leslie Adams in a concert performance of his song literature, and premiered "Love While You May," a song cycle by Ashley H. Kraft with trombonist Eileen Meyer in 2014.  She has been a regular performer of new works at the International Music by Women Festival since its inaugural year.

In addition to studio voice, Dr. Zenobi has taught Vocal Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Opera and Song Literature and first-year Theory and Ear Training, as well as an interdisciplinary course in Music and Gender Studies. Her studio teaching was nationally recognized in 2014, when The American Prize competition issued her an "Inspiration in Teaching" award. A proponent of teaching technology, her innovative work with the Soundjack low-latency software and real-time visual feedback for singers using VoceVistaVideo software here at Butler has enhanced student learning outcomes and attracted attention from the teaching community.  Dr. Zenobi founded and directed Building Empowered Lives Through Art (BELTA), a nonprofit that provided free crowdfunding services and entrepreneurial support to artists and musicians from 2010 to 2020. 

A grateful recipient of the 2020 Vocal Pedagogy Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dr. Zenobi has presented lectures, lecture recitals, workshops and poster presentations at numerous conferences and festivals including the Texoma Regional NATS and National NATS conferences (national upcoming in 2022), the International Music By Women Festival, The Voice Foundation, Bel Canto Boot Camp, the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), Sam Houston State University's Art Song Festival, the Indiana Music Educators' Association (upcoming) and the Associated Colleges of the South Gender Studies Conference. Her recent collaborative research on Music Performance Anxiety and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) with Dr. David Juncos, Dr. Margaret Osborne and Joanna Roman was presented at the International Symposium on Performance Science in 2021. 

A strong advocate for young artists, Dr. Zenobi directs the Butler University Vocal Competition for high school singers, and is frequently engaged as an adjudicator for regional and national singing events, where she serves as a supportive and constructive presence behind the judges' table.  A native of Northport, NY, Dr. Zenobi holds a dual BA degree in Music and Women's Studies from Duke University, as well as both an MM (Opera Performance) and a DMA (Voice Pedagogy and Performance) from The University of Texas at Austin.  

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