Jessica Timman Schwefel, Voice
Dr. Jessica Timman Schwefel, Mezzo-Soprano, is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Specializing in Opera, Art Song and Oratorio, Dr.Timman has performed the roles of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Erika (Vanessa), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Meg Page (Falstaff), Cecilia March (Little Women), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), among many other roles. She has performed in over thirty operatic productions with the Florentine Opera Company, Madison Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Stoughton Opera, UW Opera, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Bach Musicians, among other professional engagements. Recently, Dr. Timman received a grant to attend the "The Naked Voice Institute" at Northwestern University studying directly with Prof. W. Stephen Smith, author of The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing, and who has also taught at Aspen Music Festival, the Julliard School, The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and more. Recently, Dr. Timman has performed solo and operatic works with Fresco Opera theatre, the Oshkosh Chamber Singers, the South Shore Chorale, and UW-Oshkosh Choirs, and the UW-Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Timman was one of four singers chosen to participate in the Madison Opera Studio Artist Program during the 2012-2013 season. While at Madison Opera, Jessica performed as the mezzo in the Ensemble Quintet in Acis and Galatea and covered the role of "Zerlina" in Don Giovanni. Jessica also made her debut with Fresco Opera Theatre in March 2013, performing the role of "Bella" in their production of The Real Divas of Dane County. She has performed with the Florentine Opera Chorus for five seasons singing in productions such as Carmen, Semele, Susannah, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Idomeneo, and more. Jessica also performed with the Florentine Opera Chorus in the recording of Rio de Sangre and Elmer Gantry, which won collectively three Grammy Awards in classical categories in 2012 and 2013. As a solo singer, Jessica has repeatedly performed at the Florentine Opera's Summer Concert Series, "Florentine at the Lake". Dr. Timman made her debut as “Rosina” in Il barbiere di siviglia with Candid Concert Opera in December 2012. During the 2010-2011 season, Jessica joined the Opera for the Young’s tour of The Pirates of Penzance as “Ruth”. In addition, she performed the role of "The Mother" and covered the role of "Suzuki" in Madama Butterfly in July 2009 with Music by the Lake. Jessica has performed in two opera programs abroad. In 2004, she was accepted into the Young Artist Program at La Musica Lirica in Ubania, Italy. She was also fortunate to receive a scholarship to the Tyrolean Opera Program in the Achensee region of Austria in 2005.
Dr. Timman has performed three seasons with the Madison Bach Musicians, performing solo and choral parts for the St. Matthew Passion and cantatas BWV4, 106, and 196. With the Madison Bach Musicians, she appeared on a "A Baroque Christmas" episode airing of "University of the Air" on Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network. Dr. Timman's singing has also been heard on other WPR programs such as "On Higher Ground" and "The Midday." Dr. Timman has been the alto soloist for the Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Telemann Der Tag des Gerichts, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, and de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. As an active recitalist, she also performed a recital featuring contemporary American Composers and was a Guest Artist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Jessica is an active promoter of music by the composer Paul Bowles. She has produced a critical edition of Bowles’s unpublished songs, presented lectures about Bowles’s musical output, and performed many of his works.
Dr. Timman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Opera Production, which was under the direction of her renowned teacher, Julia Faulkner (currently a master teacher at the Lyric Opera of Chicago). Jessica has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Voice Excellence Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Opera Props award, and Dara Welty Memorial Award at UW. Jessica graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelors degree in Music Education and summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Musical Arts Degree in Voice Performance.
Dr. Timman has over twelve years of teaching experience and also teaches privately out of her home studio in the Madison area, The Timman Music Studio. She also has experience teaching at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Academy of Music, A Step Above Dance and Music Studio, and UW Summer Music Clinic. Jessica's students have received music scholarships, have been accepted into the Madison Opera Internship Program, consistently earn top ratings at contests, are regularly accepted into honors choirs, perform lead roles in musicals, and are active musicians throughout the country.