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Dr Tessa Romano

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Lecturer in Voice

DMA Vocal Performance and Pedagogy (University of Colorado Boulder), Certificate in College Teaching (University of Colorado Boulder), MMus Vocal Performance (University of Michigan), AB Italian (Princeton University), Certificate in Vocal Performance (Princeton University)

Joined the staff in 2019

Tel +64 3 479 8908
Email tessa.romano@otago.ac.nz
Website www.tessaromano.com

Research expertise

  • Vocal Pedagogy and Technique
  • Vocal Health and Rehabilitation
  • Comparative Western Vocal Technique (Operatic, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop)
  • Transgender and Gender Queer Voice
  • Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (Southern Indian) Classical Voice
  • Norwegian Art and Folk Song
  • WWII Jewish Italian Art Song Composers
  • Early Jewish Italian Music History
  • Italian Language and Literature

Student successes

Nora Barpal – pursuing an MA in Performing Arts Administration at NYU and Assistant Music Director of the University of Colorado’s Siena International Music Program

Anna Knapp – pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Pittsburgh

Kathleen Ross – successful singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles releasing her first EP with producers such as Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Troye Sivan), Noah Conrad (Sasha Sloan, Kiiara) Daniel Nigro (Empress Of, Zella Day, Conan Gray, Ashe) and Jim-E Stack (Empress Of, Kacy Hill)

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2019, December). Messiah, conducted by Uwe Grodd, Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2019, December). Messiah, conducted by David Burchell, City Choir of Dunedin and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Dennis, T. (piano) (2019, September). Inaugural Recital, University of Otago, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2019, June). Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, conducted by Dorothy Savitch, Sound Symphony Orchestra, Port Jefferson, New York, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Bradshaw, C. (pianist) (2019, May). A Journey of Self-Discovery: A Recital, Redeemer Concert Series, Church of the Redeemer, Astoria, New York, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano, coordinator), Muzzillo, E. (flute), & Wellington, S. (composer) (2019, April). Primari Qolors Presents Echo: A Recital & Premier, SpectrumNYC Music Venue, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano soloist, collaborator) (2019, April). Serial Opera Project Episode 2 Premier, ENA Ensemble, Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Romano, T. (Mezzo-soprano and Teaching Artist) & Biehl, C. (piano) (2019, March). Guest Artist Master Class and Mini Recital, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA.

Romano, T. (alto) (2019, March). VOCES8 USA Choral Scholars in Performance with VOCES8, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Dennis, T. (piano) (2019, February). Guest Artist Masterclass and Mini Recital, University of Otago, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), Muzzillo, E. (flute), & Espie, D. (piano) (2019, February). Primari Qolors On Love, Princeton University, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Romano, T. (alto) (2018, November). VOCES8 USA Choral Scholars Records with Minnesota Public Radio, MPR Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Romano, T. (alto) (2018, November). VOCES8 USA Choral Scholars on Tour with Paul Smith, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Gupta, K. (piano) (2018, October 25). She Roars Princeton Women’s Conference Alumni in the Arts Showcase, Princeton University Lewis Arts Complex Black Box, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Romano, T. (alto) (2018, September). VOCES8 USA Choral Scholars in Concert, Plano, Texas, USA.

Romano, T. (alto) (2018, June). La Venexiana, Boulder Bach Festival, Boulder Adventist Church, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano, coordinator), Kato, N. (piano), Muzzillo, E. (flute), Bringi, S. (bansuri, harmonium), Skellenger, A. (tabla), Braddock, B. (conductor), Casey, B. (bass), Allen, J. (harp), Jacobsen, R. (violin), Eichhorn, J. (bass clarinet), Arundale, R. (cello), Pride, R. (percussion), Loncar, D. (viola) (2018, April). Asian Exoticism: Appreciation vs. Appropriation, DMA Degree Recital, University of Colorado Boulder, Grusin Music Hall, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), Kato, N. (piano), & Barnhart, K. (guitar) (2018, February). Jewish Song Composers in Fascist Italy: A Lecture Recital, DMA Degree Recital, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (Dame) (2017, June). Dame, Not Lady: Premier, University of Colorado New Opera Workshop, ATLAS Black Box Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Hui, D. (piano) (2017, April). Selected Songs of Charles Ives, University of Colorado Boulder, Grusin Music Hall, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano, Paloma). (2017, April). Scene from El barberillo de Lavapiés by Barbieri, Boulder Opera Company, Lafayette Public Library & Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (alto) (2017, April). Goyescas, Boulder Opera Company Choir, Lafayette Public Library & Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Kurchevskaya, M. (piano) (2017, February). I canti della sera by Santoliquido, University of Colorado Boulder, CU Boulder Music Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Hui, D. (piano) (2016, November 14). Songs of Norway, DMA Degree Recital, University of Colorado Boulder, CU Boulder Music Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Trebicka, I. (piano) (2016, October). Selected Songs of Howard Boatwright, Civic Morning Musicals Concert Series, Everson Museum Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA.

Romano, T. (Opera Fellow) (2016 June-August). Opera Scenes Series, Aspen Opera Center, Aspen Music Festival, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (Aunt Bea Understudy) (2016, July). A Wedding, Aspen Opera Center, Aspen Music Festival, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Billington, W. (piano) (2016, July). Selected Songs of Erik Satie, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Recital Series, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano). La Bohème, Aspen Opera Center Opera Choir, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Hjelmstad, R. (piano) (2016, April). Selected Songs from Hindemith’s Marienleben, The Academy, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (Mother Marie) (2016, March). Dialogues of the Carmelites, University of Colorado Boulder Eklund Opera Company, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Sieben, B. (piano) (2016, March). Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, University of Colorado Boulder, CU Boulder Music Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Gajic, M. (piano) (2016, February). Selected Songs by Brahms, University of Colorado Boulder, CU Boulder Music Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Norell, M.R. (piano) (2015, June). Selections from Grieg’s Haugtussa, International Grieg Conference Recital, Troldhaugen, Bergen, Norway.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Cañon, C. (piano) (2015, May). Songs from Colombia, University of Michigan, Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Salter, B. (piano) (2015, April). Songs of Japan, China, & India, MMus Degree Recital, University of Michigan, Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Romano, T. (Tolomeo). Giulio Cesare, University of Michigan Opera Theatre, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Salter, B. (piano) (2015, February). French Art Song & Cabaret, Sarasota Music Archive Recital Series, Selby Library Auditorium, Sarasota, Florida, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Cañon, C. (piano) (2014, December). Haugtussa, University of Michigan, Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Cañon, C. (piano) (2014, November). Haugtussa & Song Selections by Edvard Grieg, University of Michigan Scandinavian Department Signe Karlström Recital, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano, Jade Boucher) (2014, November). Dead Man Walking, University of Michigan Opera Theatre, Power Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Eckes, S. (piano) (2014, September). Opera Arias Recital, Friends of the Sarasota Concert Association Meeting, Sarasota, Florida, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) & Fletcher, A. (piano) (2013, May). Song for Judy Feder, Premier, Princeton Reunions Recital, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Romano, T. (alto soloist) (2013, April). Dixit Dominus, American Handel Society Festival, Princeton University, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Romano, T. (Jenna) (2012, February). Premier of Anthony Davis’ Lear on the Second Floor, Berlind Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2010, December 23). Ave Maria, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Winter POPS! Concert, Boettcher Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2005, February). American National Anthem, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Winter Pops, Syracuse, New York, USA.

Awards

Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance and lasting contribution as a Lead Teaching Assistant (2018), Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado Boulder

Best Should Teach Silver Award (2017 & 2016), Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado Boulder

Excellence in Graduate Teacher Leadership (2017), Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado Boulder

NORIS Graduate Student Award (2016), University of Colorado Boulder

Louis & Harold Price Foundation Scholarship (2016), University of Colorado Boulder

Sarah Eikenberry Scholarship for a mezzo-soprano excelling in graduate work (2016), Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity

Mu Phi Epsilon Excellence in Performance Award (2016)

The Art of the Art Song Winner (2016), Great Composers Competition

Young Artist Competition Finalist (2015), Civic Morning Musicals

Florida Grieg Competition Voice Division Winner (2015), Edvard Grieg Society of the Americas, Inc.

Fulbright Performing Arts Scholarship Finalist (2015)

Grand Concours Prize Winner (2014), Franco-American Vocal Academy

Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize for excellence in music performance (2013), Princeton University

Doctoral dissertation

Romano, T. (2018). The Singing Voice During the First Two Years of Testosterone Therapy: Working with the Trans or Gender Queer Voice. University of Colorado, Voice and Opera Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Conference contributions and guest lectures – verbal presentations and other conference outputs

Romano, T. (2019, April). Vocal Health for the University Singer, Princeton University Voice Day, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Romano, T. (2018, April). Graduate School and Mental Health, Graduate Teacher Program Friday Forum Series, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. & Bullington, S. (2018, April). Gender and the Voice, University of Colorado Voice Department Friday Speaker Series, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (2018, March). The Effects of Testosterone Therapy on the Voice, TRANSforming Gender Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (2018, February). Gender and the Voice, Graduate Teacher Program Spring Conference Ignite Session, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (2017, February). Teaching and Vocal Health, Graduate Teacher Program Music-Specific Lecture Series, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Romano, T. (panel member) (2016 & 2017, September). Evaluating Creative Work, Graduate Teacher Program Fall Intensive, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Other musical and community activities

Board Member and Social Media Manager of the Edvard Grieg Society of America

Board Member and Events Committee Member of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association

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Publications

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 17 February). Tessa Romano '13, Mezzo-soprano, works by Ibert, Vyas, Spillman, Roussel, and Heggie, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 22 February). In Recital, works by Mozart, Poulenc, Grieg, Harbison, and Malloy, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 2 April). ENAensemble: Serial Opera Project, works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Ibert, Spillman, Williams, and Crawford, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer), Ritchie, A. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2019, 29 September). Philip Neill Memorial Concert, works by Lilburn, Ritchie, Buchanan, Holmes, Varaine, Mayall, and Newall, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2019, 16-17 December). Handel's Messiah, with Auckland Choral & Pipers Sinfonia, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 17 February). Tessa Romano '13, Mezzo-soprano, works by Ibert, Vyas, Spillman, Roussel, and Heggie, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ. [Performance].

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano) (2019, 16-17 December). Handel's Messiah, with Auckland Choral & Pipers Sinfonia, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer), Ritchie, A. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2019, 29 September). Philip Neill Memorial Concert, works by Lilburn, Ritchie, Buchanan, Holmes, Varaine, Mayall, and Newall, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 2 April). ENAensemble: Serial Opera Project, works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Ibert, Spillman, Williams, and Crawford, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 22 February). In Recital, works by Mozart, Poulenc, Grieg, Harbison, and Malloy, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 9 June). Sound Symphony Orchestra Concert, with works by Beethoven, Mahler, and Franck, Comsewogue High School, Port Jefferson, NY. [Performance].

Romano, T. (alto) (2019, 10 December). Handel's Messiah, with the City Choir Dunedin and the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2019, 8 September). Inaugural recital: Tessa Romano, works by Grieg, Poulenc, Harbison, Harris, and Berlioz, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 7 June). Memorial Concert, works by Franck, Caccini, Beethoven, and Mahler, Infant Jesus Chapel, St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, 26 March). Mezzo-Soprano Tessa Romano, Reynolds Recital Hall, Bozeman, MT. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2019, May 19). Church of the Redeemer Concert Series, art songs of Grieg, Poulenc, and Harbison, Church of the Redeemer, Astoria, NY. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2018, 16-17 March). Spectral Landscape: A Multimedia Concert, Black Box Theatre, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2018, 28 February). Pendulum New Music, works by Patten, Villwock, Wellingon, and Winters, Black Box Theater, ATLAS Institute, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2018, 12 April). Tessa Romano [Doctor of Musical Arts recital], works by Fukai, Berlioz, Ibert, Unknown, Harbison, Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2017, 17 June). CU New Opera Workshop, works by Specht, Allen, Olson, and Wellington, ATLAS Black Box Theater, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2017, 25 February). Ben Sieben, Collaborative Piano [Master of Music recital], works by Schumann, Poulenc, Webbon, Corea, Beethoven, Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2017, 5 February). Deborah Hui, Piano [Doctor of Musical Arts recital], works by Ives, Barber, and Crumb, Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2017, 14 April). Voice Area Special Event: Master Class with Michelle DeYoung, works by Barber, Mozart, Guridi, Lehár, Berg, Griffes,, Grusin Music Hall, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2017, 14 February). Maria Kurchevskaya, Piano [Doctor of Musical Arts recital], works by Santoliquido, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, Brahms, Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 23 July). Aspen Music Festival and School, works by Nicolai, Mozart, Sondheim, and Verdi, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 6 November). Live! At the Everson: A Centennial Celebration! Helen Boatwright, works by Boatwright, Ives, Beethoven, and Schubert, Hosmer Auditorium, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 6 April). Pendulum New Music, featuring world premieres by Goodison, Merz, Spect, and Mehlenbacher, Grusin Music Hall, Imig College of Music, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 30 November). Robert Hjelmstad, Piano [Doctor of Musical Arts recital], works by Hindemith, The Academy, College of Music, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 14 November). Tessa Romano, Mezzo-Soprano [Doctor of Musical Arts recital], works by Backer-Grøndahl, Tveitt, and Grieg with Deborah Hui, piano, Chamber Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 5 April). Mina Gajic, Piano [Doctor of Musical Arts recital], works by Brahms, Chamber Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 11, 13 March). Eklund Opera Program: Dialogues of the Carmelites, by Francis Poulenc, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2016, 18 March). Ben Sieben, Collaborative Piano [Master of Music recital], works by Dutilleux, Barber, Debussey, and Beethoven, Chamber Hall, Imig Music Building, Boulder, CO. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2015, 20 April). César Cañón, Piano [Master of Music recital], works by Valencia, Debussey, Ravel, Mozart, and Beethoven, Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, Ann Arbor, MI. [Performance].

Romano, T. (2015, 13 April). Tessa Romano, Mezzo-Soprano [Master of Music recital], works by Ravel, folk songs, Haas, Harbison, and Thyagaraja, Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, Ann Arbor, MI. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2015, 27, 29 March). University Opera Theatre: Caesar in Egypt, with the University Philharmonia Orchestra, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2014, 14, 16 November). University Opera Theatre: Dead Man Walking, with the University Symphony Orchestra, Power Centre, Ann Arbor, MI. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2013, 28 April). Musica Alta & Friends: Highlights from Antonio Vivaldi: Teuzzone, performing editions by Nicholas Lockey GS, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2013, 12 May). Tessa Romano '13, Mezzo-Soprano and Brianna Leary '13, Violin [Certificate Program in Musical Performance recital], works by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Franck, de Falla, Paganini, Monnot, and Louiguy, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ. [Performance].

Romano, T. (performer) (2012, 30-31 March). Princeton One-Act Opera Project: Lear on the 2nd Floor, by Anthony Davis and Allan Havis and directed by Mark DeChiazza, Roger S. Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Centre, Princeton, NJ. [Performance].

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