Jessica Timman Schwefel, Voice
Dr. Jessica Timman Schwefel, Mezzo-Soprano, is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Dr. Timman’s operatic credits include 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, Candid Concert Opera, Opera for the Young, Fresco Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Stoughton Opera, UW Opera, among other professional engagements. Dr. Timman recently appeared with the Florentine Opera as their mezzo soloist for their summer concert series “Florentine at the Lake” and their outdoor concert “Live at the Peck” at the Marcus Center. Dr. Timman will be singing the role of Hansel in Fresco Opera Theatre’s Garage Opera Performances of Hansel and Gretel in October. She will also join the Madison Choral Project this December for their concert “A Procession of Angels.”
Dr. Timman was one of 11 teachers chosen to attend the 2014 "The Naked Voice Institute" at Northwestern University studying directly with Prof. W. Stephen Smith. As a clinician, Dr. Timman has given master classes and presentations at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater, as well as many high schools across the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Timman has over thirteen years of teaching experience and also teaches privately out of her home studio in the Madison area, The Timman Music Studio. Her prior teaching experiences include such institutions as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and UW Summer Music Clinic, and Madison Academy of Music. Jessica's students have received numerous 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.
An accomplished soloist, Dr. Timman has performed solo works the Oshkosh Chamber Singers, the South Shore Chorale, UW Choral Union, UW Symphony Orchestra, UW-Oshkosh Choirs, and the UW-Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Timman 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." As an active recitalist, she also performed a faculty recital at UW-Oshkosh, recitals featuring contemporary American Composers, and was a Guest Artist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Additionally, Dr. Timman 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.